Casey’s music has made an impact around the world. He’s had hits in Europe, written and recorded in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia, and played alongside many international stars including Mariah Carey, Lady Antebellum and Bryan Adams.
Casey started his singing career in his home state of Tasmania before relocating to the Gold Coast, which he now calls home. Casey’s songs are honest and heartfelt. The emotions are genuine. This was evident on his 2012 release ‘Jet Trails’, which spawned a string of well-received singles. This album was Casey’s first association with Aussie hit-maker Rick Price (Not a Day Goes By, Heaven Knows) after a chance meeting in Nashville led the pair to become life long friends and songwriting partners.
Writing with Rick Price continued into 2014 with Casey’s EP 'Flesh & Bone', which was recorded in Nashville. This EP was produced by Price and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Lehning and saw the release of four singles, ‘Valentine’, ‘Flesh and Bone’, 'Waiting On The Day and 'Hard Times, all receiving regular radio airplay nationwide. In addition, all four music videos were featured extensively on Foxtel’s CMC and all singles charted well in the All Australian Top 20 Countdown and CMC Country charts.
2016 saw the release his current album, ‘Live As One’, after spending time earlier in the year writing with good friend, Rick Price, and recording in Nashville at Sound Emporium Studios. It’s an album of fan-favourites plus some new and exciting songs, including Casey’s previous single, ‘The One You Love’, which was produced by ARIA award winning producer Nick Didia. Nick has been responsible for working with such music heavy weights such as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine and Australia’s own Powerfinger and Kasey Chambers. The album’s title track became the first single which was a heartfelt song with an even more powerful video clip, featuring well-known Australians along with national and international sporting identities holding up #LiveAsOne signs. It was written by Casey and Rick Price, and conveys a positive message at a time where hope is needed more than ever. Other tracks on the album include ‘Just Like Magic’, which saw Casey teaming up with powerhouse songwriters Michael Paynter and Michael Delorenzis for what became a modern country smash. Eddie Spear (responsible for working with the likes of Jack Johnson, The White Stripes, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and more recently Chris Stapleton) also lends a hand, engineering and mixing the title track, ‘Live As One’, ‘Saving All My Love (feat Michelle Barnes)’, and ‘Say That You Love Me’. The fan favourites include ‘Flesh & Bone’, ‘Valentine’, ‘The Crossing’, ‘Waiting On The Day’, and ‘Michelle’. Upon the album’s release it immediately shot up the ARIA charts landing at #9.
Current single ‘Just Like Magic’ (released December 2016) is now receiving incredible attention. The song reached #1 on multiple charts including the Top 40 Country Tracks Chart and the Australian Country Radio Charts as well as receiving full rotation on many stations including Gold Coast’s 102.9 Hot Tomato.
The last 3 years have seen many great achievements for Casey with shows in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. He has also been fortunate to perform at gigs and festivals around Australia including main stage at one of Queensland’s premier events the ‘Caloundra Music Festival’ (twice) and the very popular 'A Day On The Green'.
Other highlights of Casey’s career have included participating in Perth’s Channel Seven Telethon in 2013 and again in 2015. A seasoned television performer, Casey has performed numerous times on such shows as Sunrise, The Morning Show, and the Marngrook Footy Show.
In July 2015, Casey won People’s Choice Award at the Gold Coast Music Awards and followed this up with a win in September 2015 at the NCEIA Dolphin Music Awards for the second year running. Last year Casey won ‘Best Male Vocal’ for his single ‘Hard Times’.
Australians got to know Casey’s story when he was a top 12 finalist in the final series of Australian Idol. But Casey already had a career well before appearing on the show, having released three albums, played alongside Bryan Adams (for A Day On The Green), Eskimo Joe and Vanessa Amorosi and had a number one hit in Europe, singing Marco Demark’s remake of Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
Casey has gone from strength to strength with a special guest appearance as support to US superstar Mariah Carey for A Day on the Green. He also has performed on premier music events such as Broadbeach Country Music Festival and Urban Country Music Festival.
In June 2016, Casey travelled to California to perform at major US music festival Country Summer. An annual event, held at Santa Rosa, it featured the likes of Lady Antebullum, Craig Morgan and The Band Perry. Casey also made his US television debut performing on CBS morning show ‘Good Day Sacramento’. He finished off the year with an appearance on the Seven Network’s ‘The Daily Edition’.
Casey has experienced an exciting start to 2017 touring the country on his ‘Live As One’ tour which saw him perform four shows at Tamworth Country Music Festival and shows with US Country artist McKenna Faith. This year will see Casey Barnes continue to release further singles from ‘Live As One’ as he continues to be one of Australia’s premier performers.
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