Michael Colton Dixon (born October 19, 1991 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States) is an American singer and a Top 13 finalist on the eleventh season of American Idol. Originally rising to fame as lead singer in the Christian rock band, Messenger, formed in 2010, he became a favorite during the early auditions of American Idol. Dixon auditioned in the tenth season, along with his sister Schyler, at the Nashville auditions. However, neither of them ended up in the Top 24. After he was sent home, Dixon performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on March 3, 2011.