On August 17, 2010 — nineteen months ago — Sony Nashville announced that Casey James had been signed to its BNA Records label and we published this:
Sony Music Nashville issued an official press release today announcing that it had signed American Idol finalist Casey James to a record deal on its BNA label. Here is the press release:
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.
Who says dreams don’t come true? CONGRATULATIONS, CASEY! We know this isn’t the end, but the beginning of a new, exciting journey.
Tomorrow, March 20, 2012, will be the culmination of the first leg of that journey as Casey’s debut CD will be available in stores. Back then, after Casey was signed, nearly 200 fans posted comments to support Casey, congratulate him, and share their thoughts and feelings about his achievement. You can see all the comments here.
Today, we would like to once again offer you the chance to post your comments about this, to date the single most significant milestone in Casey’s career as he is propelled from musician to recording artist.
Once again, we say Congratulations to Casey!!