Casey James stopped by the CMT offices to talk about his first music video, for the hit single “Let’s Don’t Call it a Night” as well as his debut CD. Below are some excerpts from the interview. Click HERE to read the entire article.
CMT: One thing everybody is going to notice about the video is that it’s very steamy, but you don’t have any scenes with the ladies. How did that happen?
(Laughs) Well, you know what man, I felt really comfortable just being myself, and I feel like that was a great introduction to me as an artist, rather than just some guy coming out of the blue making out with all these chicks on screen. I didn’t really feel like that was the way to go with it. Luckily, I had an amazing director [Roman White]. With my music, I kind of want to represent good and positive things. Not like making out with a girl is bad, but I just didn’t think it was a good way to introduce myself.
CMT: When you auditioned [for American Idol], were you taking it seriously? What was your mindset?
That’s funny, no one has ever asked me that question. The real truth is, no, I didn’t think I had a chance whatsoever. Maybe it was reckless abandon that pushed me through, to be honest with you. There was a point where I was like, “Oh, my gosh. They’re honestly taking me seriously and think that I can do this.” In the beginning, I thought that I would just go sing and then they’d kick me out and I’d be done. I tell people that, like my mom, and she just says. “Well, there had to be some part of you that believed you could do it, or you wouldn’t have made the trip.” In a way, that is true, but I didn’t really have that much of it. I just thought I’d go up there and do my best, and if it continues, then that’s God’s will.
CMT: It’s taken you a long way. What’s left on your list of dreams?
I’m there. My dream, it always has been, is to play music for a living. I’ve been blessed to be able to do that for the past 11 years. I haven’t had money for the past 11 years, but I have an opportunity now that I never had before, which is to have a CD in stores. Also to have music out there on CMT and on the radio, playing shows at nicer venues, getting the opportunity to get out there and do what I love to do. That’s my dream, and it’s come true. There’s no way that I could ever go back to where I was. I think it will always be a little better no matter what happens from here on out. That being said, my life is good. The dream has come true.