Although there had been some leaks (notably, a full track list courtesy USAToday’s Brian Mansfield), the official press release from Sony Nashville concerning Casey James’ debut record brought confirmation that the wait to hear Casey’s first album was almost over. Quickly, the news spread throughout the internet.
The show responsible for introducing most of us to Casey, American Idol, announced the news today, along with DFW.com, Music Row, Keepin it Country, Country Music Rocks, Music News Nashville, and Countrys Chatter, Today’s Country, and other country music sites. Others, like MJ’s Big Blog, Roughstock, and Country Music is Love published much of the album information ahead of the official press release.
While many of the songs are familiar to Casey’s fans, as seven of the eleven on the album have already been performed a number of times in concert, not every writing credit was known on those songs – until now. In addition, we have the title and songwriters for four additional as-yet-unheard songs. And we have the intriguing news that Casey co-produced his debut, along with songwriter/producer Chris Lindsey.
So what new did we learn? One of the new songs, Miss Your Fire, was co-written by Casey, co-producer Chris Lindsey and his wife, songwriter Aimee Mayo. While we knew the three were working together, we didn’t know which of the songs they had written together over the past year-and-a-half would be on the album. Now we do!
Another new song co-written by Casey is called Tough Love, and his co-writers are Brett James and David Lee Murphy. Brett is a two time ASCAP country songwriter of the year (2006 and 2010) and Grammy winner for Jesus Take the Wheel, among his many top ten hits (including AI alum Scotty McCreery’s I Love You This Big). David Lee has written such hits as Million Dollar View and Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.
The two songs that Casey did not have a hand in penning are Crying on a Suitcase by Lee Thomas Miller, Tom Shapiro and Neil Thrasher and Workin’ On It by Bob DiPiero, Brandon Kinney and Daniel Tashian. These songwriters also have a long list of songs for other country music superstars. For example, Miller has written for Tim McGraw and Joe Nichols. Shapiro has written for Trace Atkins, George Strait, Keith Urban and Sara Evans. Thrasher has written for Rascall Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Montgomery Gentry. Bob DiPiero has an extremely impressive resume, thirty years in the making, with hit songs for everyone from the Oak Ridge Boys to the late Etta James.
In less than two months, you’ll be able to hear these songs and start the debate over you new favorite Casey James song.