- August 7,2013August 6, 2013 - Casey scans the crowd before playing his first date with Taylor Swift on 'The RED Tour' at the InTrust Arena in Wichita, KS.
- July 31,2013
By John Liberty
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Despite a music career that went from "0 to 100 all at once," country musician Casey James sounds like the grounded product of a small northern Texas town.
During a phone interview last week, James talked proudly about a June disc golf outing that served as a fundraiser for a Nashville children's hospital. His relatively new fame helped him deliver around $10,000 Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt University, while also attaining a recreational milestone.
"I used to do things like this all the time," James said. "Of course, I couldn't bring in $10,000 because no one really cared. I didn't have that status of people just wanting to be a part of something simply because I'm part of it. That's a big blessing to be able to do that and take advantage that people know who I am in a good way."
Proving he can perform under pressure, James then talked about nailing his first hole-in-one during the event. Fresh off a pretty bad throw on the damp morning, James consulted a professional disc golfer for a little help. James used a towel to try his disc and covered his hand in talc for extra grip.
"I throw it and I'm like, 'OK, that's going to be decent.' I'm real happy with myself because I didn't make a fool after using all those goodies," James said. "Then it keeps getting closer and closer. I keep thinking, 'Man, that's really close ... Holy cow, that's going to go in!' Then of course, this is all during the throw so in maybe three seconds, and then it falls right in the basket. I just freaked out." James said there is no video evidence, but at least 20 people witnessed it.
The short phone conversation felt more like a chat with a random guy at a bar than with the opening act for Taylor Swift's Red Tour. James, 31, said he's "lucky" to get to the point where he can play for thousands of people on one of the music industry's most popular tours.
"For me, it's simply about just striving to be humble and make sure you appreciate where you're at and what you're doing. I never want the mindset, 'I deserve this.' ... I believe God opened doors for me and put me where I'm at," he said.
James will play a series of fairs and festivals, including WYZT-FM's Summer Jam in St. Joseph at 4 p.m. Aug. 3, before joining Swift for several dates in August and September. He'll play in front of 50,000 to 75,000 people at many of the concerts.
"To be allowed to be in front of that many people at once is a huge opportunity. It will be a big time learning experience ... It's going to be amazing. I was out-of-my mind excited when I heard the news," he said.
James released his latest single, "The Good Life," in April.
With such a busy touring schedule, James said he hasn't dedicated as much time as he'd like to writing new material.
"The real truth is, I need to be. I try to all the time. It's tough. You're out doing interviews and gigs and meet and greets and the stuff. Sometimes the things you have to do take precedence over the things you'd like to do," he said.
James said he is searching for the right collection of songs for a new album, which he'd like to have out by early next year.
He knows the direction he wants it to go.
"It's going to be a little bit rockier, different sonically for sure. More raw and a little bit harsher," he said.
- July 4,2013
With your support, Casey SURPASSED his goal of raising $3k via Indiegogo for the Monroe Carrel Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt with a total of $3,100 going to the hospital! Thank you all so much for your generosity!!!!!
- June 3,2013Photo Credit: Jake Felts Photography
- May 16,2013
The Casey James 2013 Frisbee Golf Tournament Benefiting Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt will take place on Wednesday, June 5. The event will be held at The Fontanel and will include a round of Frisbee golf with Casey and special guests as well as a breakfast and meet and greet with fans.
All proceeds from the event will go to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Event sponsors include Sony Music, CAA, Tri Star Sports and Entertainment, Neste Event Marketing, The Welcome Aboard Stick, Gunslinger Entertainment, and Music City Disc Golf.
"I'm extremely happy to be doing this event,” shares Casey. “We'll be raising money for a great cause and having fun at the same time. It doesn't get any better than that for me."
"We are so grateful for the Casey James Frisbee Golf Tournament at Fontanel’s support," said Luke Gregory, chief executive officer for Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. "I continue to be amazed by the generosity of our community. The money raised will help us to continue to offer comprehensive, quality care to our patients and families.”
To purchase tickets and for more information please visit http://bit.ly/CaseyJamesFrisbeeTourney
For those unable to attend on June 5 but would still like to donate to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Casey has set up a separate indiegogo fundraising campaign at http://igg.me/at/caseyjames.
- March 28,2013