- BNA Records newcomer Casey James is currently in the studio working on his debut album, set for release later this year.
- Casey performed on the March leg of Sugarland's 2011 The Incredible Machine Tour opening for the duo in 8 cities across the country. He will be re-joining them in July for some more dates.
- Third runner up on Season 9 of American Idol. Casey had never seen the show before he auditioned. With the encouragement of his mother, Casey drove from Texas to Colorado to try out, and the rest is history.
- A native of Cool, Texas, Casey picked up guitar at 14 years old and spent most of his youth playing bars anywhere he could find a gig.
- At age 21, Casey was in a devastating motorcycle accident. Paramedics on the scene did not expect Casey to survive. After months in the hospital, the doctors suspected that Casey might not be able to use his right arm ever again. He says he started practicing guitar with his left hand just incase. Remarkably, after a year in the hospital, Casey had made a full recovery and continued to live out his dream performing his music.
- Sound is a mix of 70's rock, outlaw country and blues. His music is inspired by everyone from Merle Haggard to Vince Gill to ZZ Top to Bonnie Raitt.
In-depth Biography Although originally known as the guy who, upon Kara Dioguardi’s request, stripped off his shirt during his American Idol audition, Casey James quickly became one of the show’s leading contestants, celebrated for both his guitar skills and bluesy vocals. Born in Cool, TX, James spent his adolescence and early adulthood in nearby Fort Worth, where he became a regular at local venues like the Keys Lounge. In 2008, he launched the Casey James Band with his brother, Billy, and family friend Jacy McCann, but the band took a hiatus one year later, when James auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol.
James sailed through the show’s preliminary round and gained admittance into the Top 24, which began competing in early 2010. Accompanying himself on the guitar during all but one performance, he received high marks for renditions of Bryan Adams’ “Heaven,” Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love,” and John Lennon's "Jealous Guy." James eventually finished third, trailing behind fellow guitar-toting singers Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi