According to the LA Times, Casey will be signing a record deal with Sony Nashville. I did predict that this would be announced today. This is amazing news and I wish I was there to share it with all his fans.
In just over a year, Casey James went from well-respected regional musician to newly signed internationally-known musician. If anyone still questions whether American Idol has clout, this should put that issue to rest. If I were a struggling artist, I would run to the nearest audition site pronto. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.
As talented and marketable as Casey James is, in today's music business you need more than talent to be successful. And that's where American Idol came in. Because it was a platform for Casey to show the world -- and not just a small slice of it -- who he was and what he could do. The public and, significantly, others in the music industry were given the chance to "discover" his talent. No more playing before small audiences of questionable sobriety, no more trying to scrape up the money for a demo, no more anonymity. Today is the official start of the next chapter of the Casey James story.