On August 17, Sony Music Nashville issued the following press release announcing that it had signed American Idol finalist Casey James to a record deal on its BNA label.
AMERICAN IDOL FINALIST CASEY JAMES SIGNS WITH 19 RECORDINGS /BNA RECORDS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NASHVILLE, TN – Cool, TX native Casey James has turned his third place American Idol finish into record deal with Sony Music Nashville and 19 Recordings/BNA Records. The musician and singer/songwriter who’s been fronting the Casey James Band since 2008, had never even seen a single episode of the top rated show before auditioning in Denver and winning a golden ticket to Hollywood.
An elated James remarked, “Some dreams in life are only just that….dreams. All my life I have wanted this and now my dream has come true. Words can’t describe how thankful and blessed I am for the opportunity to give back to all those who have supported me. I’m going to work hard to make the best album possible! I want to thank my Momma for making me go to Denver. Look out! I’m Nashville bound!”
Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Gary Overton says, “We at Sony Music Nashville are incredibly excited about signing Casey James. I flew to New York to see him ‘live’ with the American Idol Tour and I was blown away with his voice, guitar playing and stage presence…and so were the thousands of fans in the amphitheatre. He has honed his skills as a showman with his years of performing live on stage! I can’t wait to get him into the studio to begin recording his debut album.”
Simon Fuller, Creator of American Idol and founder of 19 Entertainment adds, “Casey is an exceptional talent and it is wonderful to see another of last year’s Idols secure a major record deal and the opportunity to fulfill many more dreams.”
James is currently on the American Idols Live! Tour 2010, and will soon be at work on his debut album, releasing next year.
Being signed to the BNA label means Casey will be on the same roster as Kenny Chesney, Chris Janson, The Lost Trailers, Craig Morgan and Kellie Pickler.
A year ago, only a few people knew who Casey James was. They had seen him toiling in and around the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, playing a variety of music in a variety of settings. He played a wicked guitar and could sing and play anything from blues to country to rock. He was that guy who was so good it made you wonder — why hasn’t he been discovered yet?
Thanks to American Idol, he has been discovered by viewers from around the world and concert-goers throughout much of the lower 48. He has loyal, devoted followers from every corner of the world who have tweeted to and about him, formed or joined facebook groups discussing him, and started or commented on blogs about him. Some came on board after the Denver audition was aired, some during American Idol, and some after seeing him in concert. Thanks to Sony Nashville, he will reach and win over an even wider audience in the months and years to come.
It may have taken Casey James over a decade to become an overnight success, but for his fans, it was well worth the wait.