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Interview with Casey James
 
Season 9’s third place finalist, Casey James, will release his self-titled debut album on March 20. I hopped on the phone with him to find out more about the  album, playing at the Opry, his touring plans, and his fans.
The Cool, TX native is looking forward to his album release next  month. “I’m excited,” Casey said. “It took me a while to get it done but  that’s because I wanted to make sure I was making the right record. I’m  super proud of it. I co-wrote nine of the 11 songs on the record and  co-produced and obviously got to play a ton of guitar—electric, acoustic  and some Dobro and some slide guitar. I’m really proud of the record. I  love it. It really represents me as an artist and where I’m at in my  life right now. It’s pretty much exactly what I wanted to make as far as  an album goes.”
What inspires Casey to write? He revealed, “Life, love, experiences,  things you’ve been through, things you think you might go through, and  things you’ve seen other people go through. I think I’ve pulled most of  my songs from those things, but then sometimes you get inspiration from  an idea or a thought and you just follow it through and those can be  great songs as well. Sometimes they’re lighthearted. Sometimes they’re  very serious, but most of my songs come from personal experience.”
Which song off Casey Jamesis  the Idol alum’s favorite? “Actually, I was telling someone today that  ‘This is my favorite song,’ but I’d say it after every song,” Casey  admitted. “The real truth is it breaks my heart to imagine somebody  listening to one song off the album, because I built the album.  Everything from the song choices to the production of the song to the  sequencing to the lyrics—every single part of it—I built to be a  singular piece. It’s meant to be an album you listen to from beginning  to end. I can’t pick a favorite because they all complement each other.  If you see the big picture, the small picture makes more sense. I really  want people to listen to the record as a whole. And I feel like if  somebody scanned through and listened to bits and pieces, they will love  my record; I know I do.”
Casey recently got the amazing opportunity to make his Grand Ole Opry  debut. “It was a huge night for me. Not only did I get to debut at the  Opry, I was actually playing at the Ryman which is a huge thing. It’s a  very historical place. It’s got a lot of meaning. Musically, there are  so many people who played there that I look up to. I was in a dressing  room looking around at the walls and seeing the names of the people that  had been there before. It was just unbelievable that I had that  opportunity and I had a blast. Bill Anderson introduced me. The same  night that I played, Del McCoury and Diamond Rio played. It was a great  night. My mom was there and I think about 50 fans from all over the U.S.  flew in specifically to see my debut at the Opry. Actually, even a  couple of people from England flew in from overseas to be there. I went  and they all congregated before the show at this place called  Margaritaville in Nashville. I found out about it and showed up and you  would’ve thought I was Elvis or something. They went crazy! It was a  blast to surprise them like that. I showed up and gave everybody hugs.  It was really something.”
It’s Hollywood Week on American Idol’s eleventh season, and  to that Casey responded, “Oh  no! It really is crazy that mine was two years ago because it seems like  just yesterday I was talking to you. It’s been like a whirlwind since  then. Oh my gosh, I can only imagine what those people are going through  right now. I don’t know that I can even watch it because it’s too  intense.” As for advice for the contestants, Casey offers up, “Be  yourself and believe. People are going to say things to you and they’re  going to want to pull you one way or another way. The only thing you can  do to keep from being all over the place is to do what you do and  believe in it. You have two choices. One of them is do what you think  other people want you to do. Or do what you believe in and what you want  to do. In my mind, a true artist does what they want to do. Sometimes  it’s going to work; sometimes it’s not. If it doesn’t, then it’s not  meant to be. But what happens if you do what you think everybody wants  you to do and it doesn’t work? Then you’re going to wish for the rest of  your life you would have been yourself. Or, say that it does work and  then you don’t know how to follow it up because you weren’t being  original and you weren’t being yourself. True artistry comes from  originality and believing in what you do. That’s what I did and I never  was wishy-washy with where I was going or what I was trying to  accomplish. I knew who I was, I know who I am, and you just got to  believe in that.”
Does Casey have plans to tour? “Absolutely. I just met with the  agents the other day and I told them I want to hit every small venue. I  want to go to every place that I can get into and just play as much as  possible and do like a grassroots-type operation where you’re building  it from the ground up. You’re making fans in every city across the U.S.  Almost approach it like I don’t have a record deal; approach it almost  like how I was doing it before American Idol. But yet you have all the  added benefits of having an amazing team around you and your songs are  on the radio. Your videos are on the TV, yet you’re doing this in the  most real way possible and proving yourself to people. And I feel like I  need to go about it that way and I’m more than happy to prove it to  people.”
To all of Casey’s devoted fans who have been supporting him since the  start of Idol, he says, “I love them. They have been supporting me this  whole way. In between the show and now has been a long time, and they  have never wavered; they’ve never given up. They’ve been right there  excited and ready to come to the live shows. They’re ready to support me  on the radio and on the TV. They’re ready for the album. Their support  means so much to me and sometimes I get really emotional thinking about  how much they put into it. I try to give back as much as I can but I  don’t think I can ever do enough to say thank you.”
Get the details on Casey’s upcoming album.

Interview with Casey James

Season 9’s third place finalist, Casey James, will release his self-titled debut album on March 20. I hopped on the phone with him to find out more about the album, playing at the Opry, his touring plans, and his fans.

The Cool, TX native is looking forward to his album release next month. “I’m excited,” Casey said. “It took me a while to get it done but that’s because I wanted to make sure I was making the right record. I’m super proud of it. I co-wrote nine of the 11 songs on the record and co-produced and obviously got to play a ton of guitar—electric, acoustic and some Dobro and some slide guitar. I’m really proud of the record. I love it. It really represents me as an artist and where I’m at in my life right now. It’s pretty much exactly what I wanted to make as far as an album goes.”

What inspires Casey to write? He revealed, “Life, love, experiences, things you’ve been through, things you think you might go through, and things you’ve seen other people go through. I think I’ve pulled most of my songs from those things, but then sometimes you get inspiration from an idea or a thought and you just follow it through and those can be great songs as well. Sometimes they’re lighthearted. Sometimes they’re very serious, but most of my songs come from personal experience.”

Which song off Casey Jamesis the Idol alum’s favorite? “Actually, I was telling someone today that ‘This is my favorite song,’ but I’d say it after every song,” Casey admitted. “The real truth is it breaks my heart to imagine somebody listening to one song off the album, because I built the album. Everything from the song choices to the production of the song to the sequencing to the lyrics—every single part of it—I built to be a singular piece. It’s meant to be an album you listen to from beginning to end. I can’t pick a favorite because they all complement each other. If you see the big picture, the small picture makes more sense. I really want people to listen to the record as a whole. And I feel like if somebody scanned through and listened to bits and pieces, they will love my record; I know I do.”

Casey recently got the amazing opportunity to make his Grand Ole Opry debut. “It was a huge night for me. Not only did I get to debut at the Opry, I was actually playing at the Ryman which is a huge thing. It’s a very historical place. It’s got a lot of meaning. Musically, there are so many people who played there that I look up to. I was in a dressing room looking around at the walls and seeing the names of the people that had been there before. It was just unbelievable that I had that opportunity and I had a blast. Bill Anderson introduced me. The same night that I played, Del McCoury and Diamond Rio played. It was a great night. My mom was there and I think about 50 fans from all over the U.S. flew in specifically to see my debut at the Opry. Actually, even a couple of people from England flew in from overseas to be there. I went and they all congregated before the show at this place called Margaritaville in Nashville. I found out about it and showed up and you would’ve thought I was Elvis or something. They went crazy! It was a blast to surprise them like that. I showed up and gave everybody hugs. It was really something.”

It’s Hollywood Week on American Idol’s eleventh season, and  to that Casey responded, “Oh no! It really is crazy that mine was two years ago because it seems like just yesterday I was talking to you. It’s been like a whirlwind since then. Oh my gosh, I can only imagine what those people are going through right now. I don’t know that I can even watch it because it’s too intense.” As for advice for the contestants, Casey offers up, “Be yourself and believe. People are going to say things to you and they’re going to want to pull you one way or another way. The only thing you can do to keep from being all over the place is to do what you do and believe in it. You have two choices. One of them is do what you think other people want you to do. Or do what you believe in and what you want to do. In my mind, a true artist does what they want to do. Sometimes it’s going to work; sometimes it’s not. If it doesn’t, then it’s not meant to be. But what happens if you do what you think everybody wants you to do and it doesn’t work? Then you’re going to wish for the rest of your life you would have been yourself. Or, say that it does work and then you don’t know how to follow it up because you weren’t being original and you weren’t being yourself. True artistry comes from originality and believing in what you do. That’s what I did and I never was wishy-washy with where I was going or what I was trying to accomplish. I knew who I was, I know who I am, and you just got to believe in that.”

Does Casey have plans to tour? “Absolutely. I just met with the agents the other day and I told them I want to hit every small venue. I want to go to every place that I can get into and just play as much as possible and do like a grassroots-type operation where you’re building it from the ground up. You’re making fans in every city across the U.S. Almost approach it like I don’t have a record deal; approach it almost like how I was doing it before American Idol. But yet you have all the added benefits of having an amazing team around you and your songs are on the radio. Your videos are on the TV, yet you’re doing this in the most real way possible and proving yourself to people. And I feel like I need to go about it that way and I’m more than happy to prove it to people.”

To all of Casey’s devoted fans who have been supporting him since the start of Idol, he says, “I love them. They have been supporting me this whole way. In between the show and now has been a long time, and they have never wavered; they’ve never given up. They’ve been right there excited and ready to come to the live shows. They’re ready to support me on the radio and on the TV. They’re ready for the album. Their support means so much to me and sometimes I get really emotional thinking about how much they put into it. I try to give back as much as I can but I don’t think I can ever do enough to say thank you.”

Get the details on Casey’s upcoming album.

Scotty McCreery Nominated for ACM New Artist 
of the Year
 
The Academy of Country Music and Great American Country announced that Scotty McCreery has been nominated for 2012’s ACM New Artist of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 47th Annual ACM Awards broadcast on April 1st, 2012 at 8:00PM.
Fans voted to get him the nomination and now can help him secure the win. Head over to VOTEACM.com to cast your vote beginning March 19th through April 1st.
See all the Idols who were nominated for 2012 ACM Awards.
2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Scotty!  It was just announced that he will be headlining the Jukebox Music Festival on Friday, July 20th in Anderson, California. Tickets are already on sale.
See photos from Scotty’s amazing American Idol journey.

Scotty McCreery Nominated for ACM New Artist

of the Year

The Academy of Country Music and Great American Country announced that Scotty McCreery has been nominated for 2012’s ACM New Artist of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 47th Annual ACM Awards broadcast on April 1st, 2012 at 8:00PM.

Fans voted to get him the nomination and now can help him secure the win. Head over to VOTEACM.com to cast your vote beginning March 19th through April 1st.

See all the Idols who were nominated for 2012 ACM Awards.

2012 is shaping up to be an exciting year for Scotty!  It was just announced that he will be headlining the Jukebox Music Festival on Friday, July 20th in Anderson, California. Tickets are already on sale.

See photos from Scotty’s amazing American Idol journey.

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Jennifer Hudson’s New Single

American Idol Season 3 finalist Jennifer Hudson was just in Miami shooting the new video for her recently released  single “Think Like A Man”. The single, which is the lead track from the  motion picture Think Like A Man, features Ne-Yo and Rick Ross.
Jennifer has been keeping busy lately, starring in the FOX flick The Three Stooges, to be released April 13th. This multitalented star also just released her first book, I Got This, in January. Read more about it now.
See Jennifer’s American Idol performance from Season 10 here.

Jennifer Hudson’s New Single

American Idol Season 3 finalist Jennifer Hudson was just in Miami shooting the new video for her recently released single “Think Like A Man”. The single, which is the lead track from the motion picture Think Like A Man, features Ne-Yo and Rick Ross.

Jennifer has been keeping busy lately, starring in the FOX flick The Three Stooges, to be released April 13th. This multitalented star also just released her first book, I Got This, in January. Read more about it now.

See Jennifer’s American Idol performance from Season 10 here.

Kelly Clarkson to Sing National Anthem at Super
 Bowl!
The first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, will sing the national anthem as part of the Super Bowl XLVI pregame festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 5, the NFL announced today. This means that four American Idols will have performed the National Anthem in five years: Jordin Sparks (2008), Jennifer Hudson (2009), Carrie Underwood (2010), and now Kelly Clarkson (2012). Although this is Kelly’s Super Bowl debut, she wowed fans with the National Anthem during Game 3 of the 2010 World Series in her home state of Texas.
The NFL previously announced that Madonna will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show. Get an exclusive first look at her new music video during American Idol this Thursday, February 2.
Break a leg, Kelly!
Kelly has a busy week with her Stronger Tour. See where she’ll be performing before the Super Bowl.

Kelly Clarkson to Sing National Anthem at Super

Bowl!

The first American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, will sing the national anthem as part of the Super Bowl XLVI pregame festivities at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 5, the NFL announced today. This means that four American Idols will have performed the National Anthem in five years: Jordin Sparks (2008), Jennifer Hudson (2009), Carrie Underwood (2010), and now Kelly Clarkson (2012). Although this is Kelly’s Super Bowl debut, she wowed fans with the National Anthem during Game 3 of the 2010 World Series in her home state of Texas.

The NFL previously announced that Madonna will perform in the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show. Get an exclusive first look at her new music video during American Idol this Thursday, February 2.

Break a leg, Kelly!

Kelly has a busy week with her Stronger Tour. See where she’ll be performing before the Super Bowl.

Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler to Perform 
Together Again
American Idol judge Steven Tyler and fourth American Idol Carrie Underwood combine their talents once again for a spectacular night of music on CMT Crossroads, this Saturday, February 4, at 11pm ET/PT. Tune in as the Aerosmith lead singer and the American Idol champ take on one another’s fan-favorite hits during their high energy, not-to-be missed performance. This live version of CMT Crossroads takes place in Indianapolis prior to Super Bowl XLVI.
Carrie and Steven first teamed up during the Academy of Country Music Awards last April, when they performed Carrie’s “Undo It” and Steven’s “Walk This Way.”
What songs do you hope they perform this time?

Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler to Perform

Together Again

American Idol judge Steven Tyler and fourth American Idol Carrie Underwood combine their talents once again for a spectacular night of music on CMT Crossroads, this Saturday, February 4, at 11pm ET/PT. Tune in as the Aerosmith lead singer and the American Idol champ take on one another’s fan-favorite hits during their high energy, not-to-be missed performance. This live version of CMT Crossroads takes place in Indianapolis prior to Super Bowl XLVI.

Carrie and Steven first teamed up during the Academy of Country Music Awards last April, when they performed Carrie’s “Undo It” and Steven’s “Walk This Way.”

What songs do you hope they perform this time?