Casey James working on new album
Casey James, the guy who went from an "American Idol" finalist to a Top 20 artist on the country charts, is working on a sophomore album.
In October 2014, James released the single "Fall Apart" to Sirius XM's The Highway. It was penned by Will Bowen with Josh Carter and Zac Carter (the twin brother duo also known as Kingston), and was one of the first songs cut for James' upcoming LP on the Columbia Nashville label.
"I worked every day for two and a half years searching for music, finding the things that I want to say as an artist, the way I want it to sound," James told Rolling Stone. "I didn't sacrifice. Every song I chose has its own purpose and meaning, and they say something."
James' self-titled debut album was released back in 2012. A few months later he was moved to the Columbia Nashville label, another division of Sony Music Nashville, following the closure of BNA Records. His second single, "Crying on a Suitcase," went to Number 14 on the U.S. Country Airplay chart. The follow-up, "The Good Life," failed to crack the top 50.
"When I listen to this music, I feel like it's my life," he also told Rolling Stone. "All my mistakes; my decisions, good and bad; my thoughts, my hopes… everything that I am has led me to make this record."
No release date has been announced for the new album.
Casey James living The Good Life (Created 9/19/2013)
When Casey James was born, doctors feared he might never talk. As an infant, he'd suffered from seizures after being given a pertussis vaccine. But leave it to this eventual "American Idol" runner-up to exceed every expectation, and then some.
If you think James' story ends with seizures, you'd be wrong. A motorcycle accident later crushed his left arm and wrist, and it was believed he'd never play guitar again. Yet he underwent extensive rehab and relearned how to play. And when he tried out for "Idol," there was certainly no benchmark that put him in the upper echelon of the competition. Yet he finished third. And if you think that short glimpse into James' journey – from the town of Cool, Texas all the way to Nashville -- is the crowning achievement to his career, just remember we're measuring in miles and there are plenty in the windshield instead of the rearview mirror.
Have we mentioned how James listened to all genres of music growing up and taught himself to play guitar? His first band, Casey James and the Crossover, was the start of an artist who has never allowed himself to fall under just one label. It was the segue to his "Idol" tryout years later, and fans latched on to the mix of rock, blues and country that ultimately landed him at Columbia Nashville/19 Recordings.
James released his eponymous debut album in March 2012. It spawned three singles, "Let's Don't Call It a Night," "Crying on a Suitcase" and "The Good Life." He's currently opening for Taylor Swift on "The Red Tour."
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