Nashville edge has confirmed that Casey James and Sony Music Nashville have agreed to part ways “amicably.” The split came in early June, according to a spokesperson for the label, where Casey had been assigned to the Columbia Records imprint. June is about the time when fans noticed that the American Idol season 9 3rd place finisher’s presence had been removed from the Sony website.
The single, “Fall Apart,” from what would have been his sophomore album, didn’t make an impression at country radio earlier this year.
Casey was signed to Sony shortly after his Idol season wrapped up in 2010. His self-titled debut album entered Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart at No. 2 in 2012. The singles “Let’s Don’t Call It A Night” and “Crying on a Suitcase,” both peaked in the 20s on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
The singer told Nashville Edge earlier this year that his next album was nearly finished. “There’s no holding back,” he said. “Because in this day and age, to get a second opportunity when you don’t have massive success with your first, I feel really lucky … If I hold anything back now and I’m not successful, then I think I would have regrets, and I’m living a regret-free life … If I fail, then I know that I did every possible thing that I could as far as work ethic, as far as giving my all in the music.”
The corporate shuffle at Sony Nashville, which had Gary Overton, stepping down as CEO back in March and former Lyric Street label chief, Randy Goodman taking over, probably didn’t help Casey’s prospects at holding on to his label deal.
The singer is currently playing tour dates around the country. He’s due at Country Fan Fest 2015 in Tooele, Utah, on July 25.
via Nashville Edge