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Who is Casey James?   19 comments

Armed with an upbringing rich in musical exposure, a God given talent, the strength to fight adversity, and an arsenal of guitars, Casey James began his journey as a Sony/BNA 19 recording artist in 2010. For the Cool, Texas native who could sing before he could even talk, the dream of having a record, has finally arrived. ā€œIā€™m going to work as hard as I possibly can to respect the benefits and the gifts that I have been blessed with,” Casey explained. Having a hand in every second of creating his album; from co-producing with Chris Lindsey, to covering his own guitar work, and co-writing 9 of the 11 album tracks, all of which is practically unheard of especially for a new artist.

Today, people see a pretty boy who can beat up a guitar and even hum the crowd into a trance, not to mention his bluesy, tender, sultry vocals. Casey James is more than blonde locks and a handsome face. A proud product of humble beginnings, his childhood was rich in musical exposure. Mom Debra James facilitated a strong musical background for both of her boys, Billy Cole and Casey Everett, to the point that they are both extremely talented musicians with a freakish range of musical knowledge and influences. Billy Cole, who is 7 years older than little brother Casey, is currently performing throughout Texas with the Matt Kimbrow Band playing bass guitar. Talented and handsome, BC seems to have inherited the James family traits.

By 17 years old, Casey was working as a musician. By 22, he was wheel chair bound, and suffered severe injuries as the result of a near fatal motorcycle accident. No ability to turn his left wrist, and not capable of walking, the young musician began his fight. It didn’t happen overnight, but by 27, Casey James had conquered the ability to re-learn how to walk, kill the guitar, and had returned to his life as a working musician. Playing gig after gig, for practically free, until his fingers bled, Casey James felt blessed to be alive, and was happy to just do what he loved.

In 2009, Casey caught a break; an opportunity in which he wouldn’t waste a snippet of, by earning a spot on the hit TV show, American Idol, season 9. Taking the bronze in 2010, his farewell performance of John Mayers’ “Daughters,” didn’t signify the end of the road for Casey. In fact, this was just the beginning of the order of events that unfolded into today.

As of March 20, 2012, Casey James finally has an album in stores. The magic of his music is the repertoire of blues, Texas country, folk, pop and rock that uniquely sets his style apart from other artists today. This melting pot of genres could be just what the music world is craving today. “Casey James” collaboration of tracks conveys messages of heartache, solace, longing, faith, simple pleasures, triumphs, and especially love. The album is well crafted as the tunes reveal a story line when played in sequential order. The last track should be seen as a bonus, perhaps, as Casey tells a story of its own during this one, and he personally describes it as passionate, intense, deep, and emotional. It’s a thought, a piece of Casey that he has chosen to share with his listeners. Titled “Miss Your Fire,” the tender yet whispering vocals showcase an attractive and sultry Casey. You may purchase the album online at iTunes and Amazon, and it also available in stores.

After a two-year wait, Casey James fans are more than anxious for the rest of the world to discover what they have known for years.For the original fans who have literally waited, tweeted, voted, traveled, and stepped outside of their comfort zone to promote Casey’s music; the insane transformation and creative process has unfolded before our eyes. We have felt a tiny part of his journey, and witnessing great things happening to him, causes us to feel joyous and proud. We have witnessed his music evolve from that first night on stage opening for Sugarland, to Nashville’s Country Music Festival Lays stage, the release of his first single, the Opry debut, and finally the album debut. The experience has been unforgettable. Friendships were built, and strong ties with the James family unexpectedly grew as they so openly accepted us.

During the past two years, we have celebrated many milestones: from the signing with Sony/BNA 19, the move to Nashville, endless debuts, the release of his first single, a title of “country musics next biggest star,” a 2nd Opry stage performance, and the wait for the first album is over. Many dedicated supporters have worn out this first record, and are ready for the second. Our support is still needed more than ever.

Inside the CD cover, you will find Casey’s thank you that begins, “First of all I’d like to thank God for letting me live long to enough to make an album.”

Posted March 19, 2012 by Casey James Weekly in country music, country rock, Pop music

The Tunes We Choose   Leave a comment

Like our preferences for anything, each of us have our own unique taste and attraction towards whatever it is that seems to draw us in, and music is no exception. The tunes we connect with individually seem to provide therapy. Our favorite tracks tend to soothe, excite, inspire and rejuvenate us, and more often than not, can alter our mood. Thanks to technology, we have been afforded the luxury of user friendly gadgets containing our library of therapy available at all times.

In it’s absence, music would be sorely missed. Imagine a round of cardio with no tunes. I’m not capable of darting out the front door in running shoes without the upbeat blaring excercise favorite that jump-starts my workout. Never fails to get me moving, and my body is trained to respond with running feet. The thought of taking off down the street on foot with only my racing heart and panting breaths to tune into, is enough to keep me indoors.

The magic of music is the flexibility and opportunity for each listener to interpret the meaning of a song as it relates to their own experiences. Song lyrics tend to describe our feelings when we crave an explanation, and sharing our favorite tracks is often used as a means of communication. The moments when we find ourselves at a loss for words are cured by the right song. Music provides solace when the message is something we can relate to or identify with. In turn, we become attached to certain tunes for personal reasons, but we don’t all love the same song for the same reasons.

It is never our position to judge or act critical towards others musical preferences, especially when we don’t care for it ourselves. As long as I don’t have to listen to repetitive plays of “Red Solo Cup,” I’m typically up for anything. Getting past our comfort level of a favorite genre, and opening up to unfamiliar ones can prove to be rewarding. If your one of those stuck to the same category of tunes since high school, then stop out of the box (And get ready for Casey James) šŸ™‚ Ha!

Posted February 25, 2012 by Casey James Weekly in country music, Uncategorized