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Casey’s music has made an impact around the world. He’s had hits in Europe, written songs in America, appeared in a top-rating TV show in Australia, and played alongside many international stars. 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. The Jet Trails single, Michelle, documents how Casey’s life changed when he met his wife. Casey wrote the song in Nashville with Aussie hit-maker Rick Price (Not A Day Goes By, Heaven Knows), who later posted this message: “Man, his eyes lit up when he talked about her and his little daughter – great to see a guy loving on his family like that.”
Writing with Rick Price has continued into 2014 with Casey’s upcoming EP due for release later this year. Current single ‘Valentine’, co-written with Price, who also produced the track, is an enchanting ballad recorded with his wife Michelle. Casey says of the song “Very excited to have my first single out for 2014 and the very first song my wife Michelle and I have recorded together. It’s been a privilege working again with Rick Price writing ‘Valentine’ together and recording in Nashville. We hope you guys enjoy it too’.
Family and community are important to Casey. At the start of 2011, his defiant Never Break You became an anthem after the devastating Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi. The song soared to number one on the AIR charts, Top 10 on iTunes, and number six on ARIA’s Australian Artists Singles chart, with Casey donating all proceeds to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.
2013 was a rewarding year for Casey. He continued to promote his then current CD release ‘Jet Trails’ which was included as part of the inflight entertainment of such airlines as Qantas, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Jetstar and Virgin Airlines. He performed at gigs and festivals around the country including main stage at Queensland’s premier event ‘Caloundra Music Festival’. Another highlight was participating in Perth’s Channel Seven Telethon which raised a record sum for children’s charities. Casey also performed three songs during the 26 hour televised event.
Australians got to know Casey’s story when he was a top 12 finalist in the final series of Australian Idol in 2009. But Casey already had a career before appearing on the show, having released three albums, played alongside Bryan Adams, Eskimo Joe and Vanessa Amorosi and had a number one hit on the European dance charts, singing Marco Demark’s remake of Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
A seasoned television performer, Casey has also performed on such shows as Weekend Sunrise and The Circle.
The most over-used word on Idol was “journey”. But it’s a fitting description of Casey Barnes’ musical life. He’s an artist who’s not afraid to take his chances and chase his dream. And despite the many achievements so far, you get the feeling that this journey has many highlights to come, as Casey continues to blaze a trail around the world.