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Casey James

Although originally known as the guy who, upon Kara Dioguardi’s request, stripped off his shirt during his American Idol audition, Casey James quickly became one of the show’s leading contestants, celebrated for both his guitar skills and bluesy vocals. Born in Cool, TX, James spent his adolescence and early adulthood in nearby Fort Worth, where he became a regular at local venues like the Keys Lounge. In 2008, he launched the Casey James Band with his brother, Billy, and family friend Jacy McCann, but the band took a hiatus one year later, when James auditioned for the ninth season of American Idol.

James sailed through the show’s preliminary round and gained admittance into the Top 24, which began competing in early 2010. Accompanying himself on the guitar during all but one performance, he received high marks for renditions of Bryan Adams’ “Heaven,” Huey Lewis’ “The Power of Love,” and John Lennon's "Jealous Guy." James eventually finished third, trailing behind fellow guitar-toting singers Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze.

James signed with 19 Recordings/BNA at the end of the summer of 2010 and he began the slow process of recording his debut album. As he toiled away, he kept himself in the spotlight by touring, opening for Sugarland during spring of 2011. About a year later, that album—appropriately entitled Casey James—appeared in March of 2012, debuting on the Billboard charts at number 23.


Casey Everett James (born May 31, 1982) is an American singer and guitarist from Fort Worth, Texas, who was the third-place finalist on the ninth season of American Idol
Born in Plano and raised in Cool, Texas, James had a bad reaction to his pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine when he was an infant, and his family feared brain damage
According to his mother, however, she realized that he would be all right and was going to be musical when he started humming before he talked
James started playing the guitar at 13 and within a year was playing on stage
At the age of 21, he was in a serious motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life
He was told by his doctor that he would no longer be able to play guitar, a medical prediction that proved untrue
Before American Idol, he played with his band, The Casey James Band, consisting of James, his brother, Billy Cole (bass), and Jacy McCann (drums)
James was a contestant on American Idol during its ninth season
He made it to the Top 3 before being eliminated on May 19, 2010

 

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