Casey James’ Interview with American Idol News

As Season 11 of American Idol is underway, Season 9 finalist Casey James was interviewed by Idol_Insider, the news outlet for the show that brought Casey to national attention over two years ago.  Casey talked about working on his upcoming CD, a long, long process that he hopes will be well worth the wait.

“I’m really proud of the record,” he told Idol_Insider. “I love it. It really represents me as an artist and where I’m at in my life right now. It’s pretty much exactly what I wanted to make as far as an album goes.”

Casey also talked about his Grand Ole Opry experience, touring and a favorite topic, the fans.  “I love them,” Casey said of his devoted fans. “They have been supporting me this whole way. In between the show and now has been a long time, and they have never wavered; they’ve never given up.”

Here’s their interview:

Interview with Casey James

Season 9’s third place finalist, Casey James, will release his self-titled debut album on March 20. I hopped on the phone with him to find out more about the album, playing at the Opry, his touring plans, and his fans.

The Cool, TX native is looking forward to his album release next month. “I’m excited,” Casey said. “It took me a while to get it done but that’s because I wanted to make sure I was making the right record. I’m super proud of it. I co-wrote nine of the 11 songs on the record and co-produced and obviously got to play a ton of guitar—electric, acoustic and some Dobro and some slide guitar. I’m really proud of the record. I love it. It really represents me as an artist and where I’m at in my life right now. It’s pretty much exactly what I wanted to make as far as an album goes.”

What inspires Casey to write? He revealed, “Life, love, experiences, things you’ve been through, things you think you might go through, and things you’ve seen other people go through. I think I’ve pulled most of my songs from those things, but then sometimes you get inspiration from an idea or a thought and you just follow it through and those can be great songs as well. Sometimes they’re lighthearted. Sometimes they’re very serious, but most of my songs come from personal experience.”

Which song off Casey James is the Idol alum’s favorite? “Actually, I was telling someone today that ‘This is my favorite song,’ but I’d say it after every song,” Casey admitted. “The real truth is it breaks my heart to imagine somebody listening to one song off the album, because I built the album. Everything from the song choices to the production of the song to the sequencing to the lyrics—every single part of it—I built to be a singular piece. It’s meant to be an album you listen to from beginning to end. I can’t pick a favorite because they all complement each other. If you see the big picture, the small picture makes more sense. I really want people to listen to the record as a whole. And I feel like if somebody scanned through and listened to bits and pieces, they will love my record; I know I do.”

Casey recently got the amazing opportunity to make his Grand Ole Opry debut. “It was a huge night for me. Not only did I get to debut at the Opry, I was actually playing at the Ryman which is a huge thing. It’s a very historical place. It’s got a lot of meaning. Musically, there are so many people who played there that I look up to. I was in a dressing room looking around at the walls and seeing the names of the people that had been there before. It was just unbelievable that I had that opportunity and I had a blast. Bill Anderson introduced me. The same night that I played, Del McCoury and Diamond Rio played. It was a great night. My mom was there and I think about 50 fans from all over the U.S. flew in specifically to see my debut at the Opry. Actually, even a couple of people from England flew in from overseas to be there. I went and they all congregated before the show at this place called Margaritaville in Nashville. I found out about it and showed up and you would’ve thought I was Elvis or something. They went crazy! It was a blast to surprise them like that. I showed up and gave everybody hugs. It was really something.”

It’s Hollywood Week on American Idol’s eleventh season, and  to that Casey responded, “Oh no! It really is crazy that mine was two years ago because it seems like just yesterday I was talking to you. It’s been like a whirlwind since then. Oh my gosh, I can only imagine what those people are going through right now. I don’t know that I can even watch it because it’s too intense.” As for advice for the contestants, Casey offers up, “Be yourself and believe. People are going to say things to you and they’re going to want to pull you one way or another way. The only thing you can do to keep from being all over the place is to do what you do and believe in it. You have two choices. One of them is do what you think other people want you to do. Or do what you believe in and what you want to do. In my mind, a true artist does what they want to do. Sometimes it’s going to work; sometimes it’s not. If it doesn’t, then it’s not meant to be. But what happens if you do what you think everybody wants you to do and it doesn’t work? Then you’re going to wish for the rest of your life you would have been yourself. Or, say that it does work and then you don’t know how to follow it up because you weren’t being original and you weren’t being yourself. True artistry comes from originality and believing in what you do. That’s what I did and I never was wishy-washy with where I was going or what I was trying to accomplish. I knew who I was, I know who I am, and you just got to believe in that.”

Does Casey have plans to tour? “Absolutely. I just met with the agents the other day and I told them I want to hit every small venue. I want to go to every place that I can get into and just play as much as possible and do like a grassroots-type operation where you’re building it from the ground up. You’re making fans in every city across the U.S. Almost approach it like I don’t have a record deal; approach it almost like how I was doing it before American Idol. But yet you have all the added benefits of having an amazing team around you and your songs are on the radio. Your videos are on the TV, yet you’re doing this in the most real way possible and proving yourself to people. And I feel like I need to go about it that way and I’m more than happy to prove it to people.”

To all of Casey’s devoted fans who have been supporting him since the start of Idol, he says, “I love them. They have been supporting me this whole way. In between the show and now has been a long time, and they have never wavered; they’ve never given up. They’ve been right there excited and ready to come to the live shows. They’re ready to support me on the radio and on the TV. They’re ready for the album. Their support means so much to me and sometimes I get really emotional thinking about how much they put into it. I try to give back as much as I can but I don’t think I can ever do enough to say thank you.”

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10 Responses to Casey James’ Interview with American Idol News

  1. Bybee D James says:

    Very candid interview, very real, very Casey.

    • Daydreaminmeme says:

      Casey is such a real, down-to-earth, genuine guy…readin his comments gives you a peek inside his heart & it’s truly beautiful in there. My eyes are leakin & I just can’t wait to see him at Billy Bob’s next month!!! (You, too, Debra!!)

  2. katie says:

    Okay, I got tears in my eyes after reading that….

  3. abbie says:

    Spoken like a true artist! Casey is such a natural with interviews because he is a very upright man and its one of those things you have to love about him. Great interview as usual. 🙂

  4. Now that’s how you do it: create amazing, heartfelt music, build a loyal fan base, give a world-class interview, and live an honest and honorable life. Makes me so proud to be his fan.

  5. Marsha Ardila says:

    Great interview….shows that Casey is the real deal…singer, songwriter, musician, artist…who really thinks about his craft. I too am proud to be his fan and can’t wait for that full tour he’s talking about!! Yeah, Casey!! Please play as many of the smaller towns as you can…I promise I’ll be at every show within reach!!!

  6. Donna Camarata says:

    OMGosh I’m teary eyed too….we do love him so much and want his dreams to come true and we will do whatever it takes to make that happen! It may sound corny (no pun intended even tho I’m from Iowa) but I have always felt that God put this mission on my heart to help Casey achieve his muscial dreams. And that’s been my mission ever since day 1 of seeing him on AI. Great interview, great guy and so much more great things yet to come! The sky is the limit!

  7. Roni J says:

    From the moment you walked on that stage in front of the judges on idol, I knew, you would be
    a big star. You have a wonderful future, because of who you are, and that shines through. I am not a teenager, and your interview, had tears rolling down my face. Casey, never change!!! We fans will not let you down, we will support you all the way. There are wonderful things in your future. Love you dearly, .

    Roni J from NJ

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  9. Jen says:

    Awesome interview! His album is so great and I love listening to it in the car. Can’t wait to hear more from him in the future.

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