Sony Music Nashville has added another American Idol alum to its roster. Casey James, who finished third on the show’s most recent season, has inked with 19 Recordings/BNA Records. The Cool, TX native is currently on the American Idols Live! Tour 2010, and will soon be at work on his debut album, set for release next year.
Though he had been fronting the Casey James Band since 2008, the artist had never even seen a single episode of the top rated show before auditioning in Denver and winning a golden ticket to Hollywood.
“All my life I have wanted this and now my dream has come true,” says James. “Words can’t describe how thankful and blessed I am for the opportunity to give back to all those who have supported me. I’m going to work hard to make the best album possible! I want to thank my Momma for making me go to Denver. Look out! I’m Nashville bound!”
Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Gary Overton adds, “We at Sony Music Nashville are incredibly excited about signing Casey James. I flew to New York to see him live with the American Idol Tour and I was blown away with his voice, guitar playing and stage presence…and so were the thousands of fans in the amphitheatre. He has honed his skills as a showman with his years of performing live on stage! I can’t wait to get him into the studio to begin recording his debut album.”
Among the other Idol stars who have joined the Sony Music Nashville family are Carrie Underwood, Kelly Pickler and Danny Gokey.