Casey Abrams Self-Titled Album Due in June

Season 10 American Idol alum, Casey Abrams will release his debut album through Concord Music Group on June 26th.

Idol judge, Randy Jackson is listed as one of the executive producers of the self-titled album that was recorded in London with multiple producers, including Martin Terefe, who has worked with Jason Mraz and KT Tunstall, Rune Westberg, who worked on records from alums Daughtry and Adam Lambert and Steve Jordan (John Mayer and Herbie Hancock).

Two singles, “Get Out,” and “Simple Life,” are set for release on Tuesday, June 5.

And as a special treat, Casey duets with none other than pal and fellow Season 10 Idol, Haley Reinhart on a cover of Ray Charles’ “Hit The Road Jack.”

Sign up for Casey’s newsletter HERE and you get a FREE download of “The Simple Life.”

“I’m so glad to be a part of this thing called music, and I am thrilled people are going to be able to take this musical journey with me” said Abrams of his upcoming release.

Via  The Press-Enterprise

Track List

  1. Simple Life
  2. Ghosts
  3. Get Out
  4. Great Bright Morning
  5. Blame It On Me (Pam Sheyne/Casey Abrams/Aron Friedman)
  6. Wore Out My Soul
  7. Stuck In London
  8. Midnight Girl
  9. A Boy Can Dream
  10. Dry Spell (Pam Sheyne/Casey Abrams/Aron Friedman)
  11. Hit The Road Jack

  • Anonymous

    Downloaded Simple Life and it’s pretty damn awesome! Folky/jazzy/catchy kind of vibe and perfect for the summer.

     Someone put the studio version up on you tube–so you can take a listen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QJIW5tyg9U

  • Anonymous

    Thanks MJ …. I just ordered his CD.

  • Larc

    I can hardly wait for Casey’s duet with Haley on “Hit the Road Jack.”  The album sounds like loads of fun.  :)

  • http://twitter.com/whiskey401 Whiskey

    Simple Life is an awesome song. I’m amazed how much I’m liking Casey Abrams. I will wait to hear the full album but I think he may be on my short list of music I buy from Idols. I just love that album cover and I feel like he can set himself apart from everything else out there. Pleasantly surprise.

  • Anonymous

    His album cover art is awesome! It’s so Casey. Love that he included the little fuzzy man doodle of himself that he uses everywhere, and that the font for his name is done in his handwriting. Of course he would include an army of instruments, and be wearing his usual laid back attire. lol Glad he’s staying true to who he is as an artist.

    Oh, and his single “Simple Life” is great. Love it, and I’ll definitely be checking out his debut album. The duet with Haley is a nice bonus. ;)

    Speaking of which. I really hope the two of them get to create original material together sometime in the future. Love their covers, but I’m curious to know what would come about if they put their heads together and wrote a song or two. Their original collabs could be brilliant. I know I’m not the only one who still wants to hear the song they worked on together that didn’t make Haley’s debut.

    ETA. Just noticed the stuffed animal with the beard/crazy mane of hair that’s sitting on the couch with him. Oh Casey. Never stop being your lovable and unique self. lol

  • http://twitter.com/vu_hoa vu_hoa

    Casey is a really talented, nice and laid-back person. I wish him success!!!

  • dishwalla

    Great album art.  Very creative.  Casey is a huge of Phillip Phillips and vice versa.

  • Tess

    Just listened to Simple Life and I thoroughly enjoyed it and I haven’t been on the Casey bandwagon.  He sure can scat!  I think this may be an Idol album that I’ll buy…and the cover is beyond creative.  Nice job all around.

  • Anonymous

    Casey did not disappoint me. Love Simple Life and I did download it. I am buying this album and I don’t buy many albums. That is great that Randy Jackson is one of the producers on the album. I still think that Casey will have a great long-term music career. He is so talented.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OSOOTOBRL4XGHQNICOXCCN5IXQ lisa

    even if I hadn’t read that he’s a fan of Phillip and vice versa I woulda guessed it
    not in a good way 

  • Anonymous

    It sure would have made more sense to have Casey on AI this year performing this great new single “Simple Life” as opposed to Lisa Marie Presley who just sounded awful on AI. I guess it is all about who you know. The duet of Haley and Casey on “Hit The Road Jack” on Casey’s new album should be just amazing.

  • Anonymous

    Sooooooo excited to hear this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195101108 Stefan Wind

    I’ll definitely be downloading his duet with Haley. Looking forward to this now too. =)

  • Anonymous

    Casey and Haley did write a song together but it didn’t make her album. She had a poem/lyrics she had written awhile back and he set them to music. I think it has been recorded–so maybe we will hear it eventually.

    I wonder who has the final say on what songs make the album? I read from someone that knows Casey–the best song that was recorded did not make his cd. I think it wasn’t commercial enough or something–but that is just a guess. Casey wrote a kind of generalized post about music— radio play vs quality etc. He sounded a little sad about it–but of course–very upbeat and appreciative.

  • Anonymous

    This is an album that I will certainly listen to. I really think Casey is great fun, and I would love to see him live. 

  • Chris

    That cover looks like he was evicted from his apartment, very clever and anti establishment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I kinda liked it, but I wished something more jazzy;

  • Anonymous

    can’t help myself but this bearded dude is somehow unbelievably likable… and that cover is awesome

  • shamrock

    OMG, “Simpe Life” is soooo much better than the other song (was it “Get out”?) that we got to hear a couple of weeks ago – fun, catchy, laid back, Casey.

    The cover is awesome, it captures Casey and his likeable personality very well.

  • Anonymous

    I know. :)

    I think it was one of the first songs Haley worked on for her debut too. I really hope so. Maybe she will sing it on tour and if fans respond well to it we’ll get to hear and buy the studio version. I was really anxious to hear it since it was something she wrote a long time ago, and I wanted to hear Casey’s contribution to it as well.

    Not sure. That sucks. It seems like so many good songs end up not making albums, but there’s always the next album. I remember his music post. He probably isn’t overly concerned with having radio hits. Doesn’t seem like the type, but who knows. Maybe he will. “Simple Life” is a very good song and I could hear it on the radio. Was surprised the song was listed as being Pop, but considering how upbeat, and catchy it is I shouldn’t be shocked.

  • Anonymous

    why is Casey releasing 2 singles at the same time? are they going to different radio formats?

  • http://twitter.com/theods Brett Fonfa

    the next album will be jazzier, he had to go pop this time

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Woa. Simple life is much more jazzy than that acoustic version. I frickin love it. the album cover is amazing !!! 

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely love the cover.  This is one album that I don’t feel is going to be over-produced.  It’s probably very simple, very Casey, and I have a feeling very good.  Can’t wait.

  • Anonymous

    So Haley is doing a throwback to the fifties and now her best bud is doing a throwback to the sixties. I like both throwbacks. I like both of their cover arts and their first singles. 

    My only concern is there isn’t a lot of call on radio for Haley’s sexy, jazzy song and I don’t see the radio playing  this catchy little ditty of Casey’s either. But maybe these two don’t need radio to carve out a very nice niche of their own. I see both of these peeps doing music as a career for a long, long time.

  • Guest

    I’m so excited for ANOTHER duet with Haley! I love it!

    Those two make awesome music together. Damn I miss Season 10 sometimes :P.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes?  I was thinking about S10 the last TWO WEEKS…. S11 Top 3 & 4 were so ‘dullsville’ for me …..
    I wonder if we’ll ever get to hear the project Casey and Haley worked together on for her album…?

  • Anonymous

    Casey was my 2nd-fave right behind Haley, and I bought many of his idol songs. Looking forward to this plus my Haley CD is in the mail.

  • Anonymous

     Yeah–I def agree. When I heard Get Out which was posted on sound cloud or something for a few hours–I thought the arrangement was very Un-Casey. Much too poppy/slick. I don’t know what happened–but not very long after it disappeared, Casey posted an acoustic version of the song on you tube. You almost wouldn’t even know that they were the same song. I left Casey a message (as did others) that the acoustic version was so much better–LOL! Maybe they fixed it!

    Maybe that was Randy Jackson who produced the Get Out Track–HA!. Back off Randy!

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    #Caley <3 I love the fact he has stayed true to himself from his audition all the way to his first professional debut. This cat is incredible and shows that a WGWWDMS(White Guy With Whole Damn Music Store) can make some killer music

  • Guest

    True. Season 10 is honestly my favorite season that I watched. Of all seasons from 7-11, 10 is definitely the best for me.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely love the vibe of the music of Simple Life. This version sounds much more hip than the one posted a couple weeks ago. I just wished the lyrics were revamped and didn’t remind me so much of that silly Rebecca Black song “Friday”. Can’t get past those lyrics at all. The music is so cool, tho. sigh.

    But, I can’t wait to hear more music from Casey. Would pay to see him perform anywhere.

  • Anonymous

    Season 10 was absolutely my fave season too.. It’s true that I did love Casey & Haley and so was very invested. But, I just liked the top 12 as a group. There seemed to be a genuine comradery between them. There were some offbeat and quirky personalities that were entertaining. And everything seemed organic–the Caley friendship and duets–the friendship between the guys etc. This season it almost seems forced or planned by TPTB,

    Also, the performances had more variety. For instance, Casey might sing jazz, or blues or rock or pop. It was always different–even if it didn’t quite work. Haley- versatile performances ranging from country, jazz, blues rock. (I mean, she had the best country vocal of the season with Blue) Really only maybe Scotty and Pia stayed in the same lane.

    This season–they all do the same thing for almost every performance (except Elise) Too predictable and boring. Not saying that they are not good singers–but they don’t make for the most entertaining tv.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=195101108 Stefan Wind

    Season 10 was one of the best seasons for me as well. I started watching from season 3 and for me seasons 7, 8, and 10 were the best.
    Sadly season 11 makes season 9 seem pretty good. =(

  • shamrock

    It’s the same for me S10 >>>>> S11.

    I’ve only been watching since S10, but have 10 years of “experience” watching European casting shows.

    S10 was for me the right mix of talent, diversity and personality. There has been only one other group of contestants from an Austrian show 4-5 years ago, that I liked as much. Come to think of, it has been the same constellation: I had a firm favourite after a couple of rounds, but liked everybody one way or another.

    Casey e.g. for me, has been miss (Nirvana, anyone? LOL) and hit (just adored and still do “Nature Boy”, or “Moanin'” with Haley), but even when he was “off” IMO, I never doubted his musicality and talent.

    It’s not that I doubt Jessica’s or Joshua’s talent, but somehow, I just don’t care.

    And S10 just MADE me CARE (against my will in the beginning as I didn’t want to become involved in any talent show alumn anymore, but I admit complete defeat, LOL), I was sad when they left the show, whether they’d been my favourites or not, checked out their interviews and tour videos, cheered for everybody who got a record deal, a.s.o.

  • Anonymous

     “My only concern is there isn’t a lot of call on radio for Haley’s sexy,
    jazzy song and I don’t see the radio playing  this catchy little ditty
    of Casey’s either. But maybe these two don’t need radio to carve out a
    very nice niche of their own. I see both of these peeps doing music as a
    career for a long, long time.”

    Isn’t it a pity that one of the things we say most around here is — “Wow, I really like this. Don’t see it getting played on the radio, though.”

    There’s something wrong with a system in which music that’s enjoyable right off the bat to not five people but at least hundreds maybe thousands of people won’t get played on the main music medium (well, it has been, anyway) anytime, anywhere, anyhow.

  • shamrock

    Oh, there is an accoutic version of it? *goes to look for it*

    Oh yes, definitely much, much better (still prefer the vibe of “Simple Life” though); the Soundcloud (studio?) production was way too overproduced and sounded similar to Stefanos song (this is not meant as a diss towards Fano, just that I think it is a total misfit for Casey). I didn’t know though that they made it “disappear”, LOL. There is still some hope then, I guess…

  • Anonymous

    WGWWDMS = YES! Awesome acronym there.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Simple Life” reminds me of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” (complete with scatting) and since Mraz is popular on CHR, then this song could grab some of that audience. I’m not a fan of Casey’s, but there’s no question that he (or almost anyone other Idol) should have been on Idol rather than Lisa Marie. Then again, if David Cook weren’t managed by Fuller I doubt that he would have been on the show either, so I guess that it evens out. Still don’t like it though, as Casey A. could use the promotion. Even moreso, Casey James should have performed sometime this season rather than Lisa Marie, IMO.

  • Anonymous

    Even moreso, Casey James should have performed sometime this season rather than Lisa Marie, IMO.

    ITA. But as true blue CJ fan, I’ve moved on from the bitterness. Just listening to his “Good Life” washes all of it away.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Count me as another ‘Season 10 was the best ever year’ groupie. I honestly had no intention of even watching at all and was so busy I had no time, but I sort of tuned into the first audition just to see how the new judges looked. And it was sort of interesting. And before I knew it, Scotty, Casey and Jacob had me watching every single week, reading blogs, watching videos, and getting tickets to the tour.

    By the end of the season, I’d bought pretty well every song of Scotty’s, Casey’s Jacob’s, James’, and Haley’s. Then I bought 3 of the EPs (James, Scotty, Haley), plus the CD’s from Scotty, James, and Lauren, and the duet from Casey and Haley. I have every intention of buying Casey’s, Haley’s, Jacob’s and Naima’s CDs when they come out. (Sorry Stefano – not going there, although I do think you can sing!) I also follow most of the ones I like on Twitter. And facebook. Sigh.

    This year, I will likely buy whatever comes out from Heejun, Hollie, Phillip, and Jermaine – still hoping Jimmy signs him. Might buy others but I’d wait and check them out first.

    I must be reverting to my missed teenage fan years or something. Never joined a fan club in my life. (Well, except for one I joined a few years ago for Scottish/Canadian Johnny Reid, but that’s another story. :))

  • Anonymous

    I just keep listening to the “Good Life.” Someone on the you tube video of “Good Life” posted this comment: “I absolutely love this song. It’s very Casey and Catchy with a good amount of Jazzy feel.” I agree. Love the vibe of this song. Both Casey A. and Casey J. should have performed on AI this year. Both are very talented and true musicians.

  • too-cool-for-school

    ‘Simple Life’ is a little boring to me but it definitely isn’t bad. Looking forward to hearing the rest + the duet with Haley. The Haley/Casey duets on Idol were legendary in my book!

    Best of luck to Casey! :)

  • Incipit

     

    “There’s something wrong with a system in which music that’s enjoyable
    right off the bat to not five people but at least hundreds maybe
    thousands of people won’t get played on the main music medium (well, it
    has been, anyway) anytime, anywhere, anyhow.”

    I’m pretty convinced the system works exactly the way the owners and the advertisers want it to work, usedtobelucy. They’ve got everybody promising favors, high and low, and begging at the back door. What’s also wrong with that is – it has nothing to do with the music, and hasn’t for a very long time. Which is why, to put it in Technical Terms, popular radio sucks.

    Most of the widely varied music I like will never be played on popular radio – so why bother to listen? I don’t have to – there are other options. And I back my preferences with $$.

    But I like Casey’s ‘vibe’ and musicality, I’ll be waiting to hear the tracks on this album – I also like Casey even more when he sings with Haley, and they put down those undercurrents of Jazz sound – they were the only contestants of interest on Season 10, which otherwise was a complete waste, for me.

    See, I’m thrilled to find one contestant a season whose music I may buy, two is a bonus – Season 11 doesn’t even have that saving grace – just a few vague future possibilities. But, it saves me lots of money! Heh. So there is that.

  • Incipit

     

    “There’s something wrong with a system in which music that’s enjoyable
    right off the bat to not five people but at least hundreds maybe
    thousands of people won’t get played on the main music medium (well, it
    has been, anyway) anytime, anywhere, anyhow.”

    I’m pretty convinced the system works exactly the way the owners and the advertisers want it to work, usedtobelucy. They’ve got everybody promising favors, high and low, and begging at the back door. What’s also wrong with that is – it has nothing to do with the music, and hasn’t for a very long time. Which is why, to put it in Technical Terms, popular radio sucks.

    Most of the widely varied music I like will never be played on popular radio – so why bother to listen? I don’t have to – there are other options. And I back my preferences with $$.

    But I like Casey’s ‘vibe’ and musicality, I’ll be waiting to hear the tracks on this album – I also like Casey even more when he sings with Haley, and they put down those undercurrents of Jazz sound – they were the only contestants of interest on Season 10, which otherwise was a complete waste, for me.

    See, I’m thrilled to find one contestant a season whose music I may buy, two is a bonus – Season 11 doesn’t even have that saving grace – just a few vague future possibilities. But, it saves me lots of money! Heh. So there is that.

  • Anonymous

    After Haley’s “Listen Up!” will be released this late May, Caley fans would now have a treat with his album this June, and I might say “Simple Life” IS radio friendly and imagining it listening it in media devices. 

    I might add to those who think that although the talent was better in S11 than S10 as a whole (Top 7 was quite not full of clunkers), I think the natural feel of the cast chemistry of S10 makes the viewing pleasure more entertaining (add to the more natural Save drama, Haley’s battle to the top, the outings of the finalist featured more). 

    I hope this combination could have happened:
    1. Jessica (S11 Powerhouse R&B)
    2. Naima (S10 Reggae/R&B Girl)
    3. Haley (S10 Folk Soul/Anyway You Want It Girl)
    4. Casey (S10 Jazzy Cat)
    5. James (S10 All-Out Rocker)
    6. Joshua (S11 Gospel Soul)
    7. Skylar (S11 Feisty Country Girl)
    8. Scotty (S10 Traditional Country Crooner)
    9. Hollie (S11 Cute Balladeer)

    And add Erika, Elise, DeAndre and even Thia, Karen (Latina girl) and Phillip (Indie-like rocker instead of Paul IMO) in the mix somewhere with also the craziness of S10 then we have the best season ever :)

    P.S. For some reason I wished Haley had Filipino blood so people here in the Philippines will be crazy for her (and that the Fil-Ams would vote for her like crazy like what they are doing with Jessica this year).