Thursday, August 26, 2010

Casey James Taken to the Hospital

Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 10:59PM

After the American Idol show tonight (last night, Wednesday, August 25th) at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, Casey James was taken to a local area hospital where he was examined and later discharged. The information that Casey was sick came first via Twitter as fans at the show tweeted that he had been coughing on stage, looked ill during the final number, and was taken to a nearby hospital immediately after the show.

His twitter fans worried about his health and launched an all-out tweeting effort to find out where he was taken and what his condition was. After about an hour, fans were updated by his mother, Debra "Bybee" James. She tweeted:

Hello my friends. I found him and spoke with him briefly. He said "Im fine Momma". He had to go. They're treating him. Thank you so much for all your sweet thoughts & prayers. He told me he would call me later. God bless y'all. Don't know anyone who could have better fans <3 y'all Because of the consolidation and shuffling of tour dates, the Idols have been on a grueling schedule since the tour began on July 1. Today marked the first of what is scheduled to be seven straight concerts with no breaks. Casey had been ill for much of his time on American Idol and was sick with a sinus infection when the tour began. On August 15th it was reported that Lee DeWyze had gone to the hospital, possibly suffering from exhaustion and dehydration. At 3:00 am St. Louis time, Casey's mom, Debra, tweeted: To all my sweet friends. Casey was treated and will be released soon. He wanted me to thank every one of our Twitter "family" to say thank y'all so very much for the prayers and thoughtful tweets in his behalf. He will be performing tomorrow. I know his work/music ethic. It is not a surprise to me! The show must go on. He will not disappoint his fans. Please keep him in your prayers. May God bless you all. <3 After he was released from the hospital, Casey was flown to Iowa to join the rest of the Top Ten. They are scheduled to perform tomorrow night at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. As St. Louis concert-goer Jlloy5 tweeted, and his mother agreed: he just has the mentality of "the show must go on." Jlloy5 later tweeted her impression of Casey during the show: He was certainly a trooper, a man dedicated to his love of music and obvious commitment to his fans. Despite feeling sick, he rocked it, and was the best performer of the night! Even through it, he spotted my Twitter sign and was sure to smile, wave, and even managed to smile again. He threw a pic toward me, but a little girl pounced on it, and I just smiled and said congrats. I missed the last song, so I could line up to meet the idols after the show. He threw the last pic stage left again (my way) and the lady I had been sitting next to scrounged it up. I suppose a pic wasn't in my future. I was the biggest Casey James fan there, & sometimes felt like a teenager again screaming my head off, which was like a small break from real life. I tweeted earlier in the night to CJ that I was sorry he was feeling sick. He still sounded great but had a bad cough. I still cant figure out how he could belt those notes out with a cough & I loved everything about the day, but of course I feel dissapointed that I didn't meet Casey. I can say that I'm PROUD to be a fan of his, and Ill just have to meet him next time when the concert is ALL Casey. Just hoping for a quick recovery at this point and all will be well...good night :0) Another fan in attendance at the St. Louis show, aptly named CaseyEJamesFan, told me that despite how he was feeling during the show, Casey was Amazing--just as everyone said in other cities. I told my sis he didn't look right but he still stole the show! He coughed & his voice was cracking a few times & he commented that it's a good thing he can play the guitar. He looked really tired. I feel bad he probably didn't want to disappoint anyone. Fan reaction to the news that Casey was ill was swift and heart-felt. An immediate and overwhelming out-pouring of love and concern flooded the Twitterverse. CJFan_Regina said it best when she tweeted: Its so cool how all your fans love you AND love each other. You have brought so many together :) SOURCE (and special thanks to):burnthismedia ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT!!! See Casey James in Concert! Get American Idol Live tickets - Click Here!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010





NASHVILLE, TN – Cool, TX native Casey James has turned his third place American Idol finish into record deal with Sony Music Nashville and 19 Recordings/BNA Records. The musician and singer/songwriter who’s been fronting the Casey James Band since 2008, had never even seen a single episode of the top rated show before auditioning in Denver and winning a golden ticket to Hollywood.

An elated James remarked, "Some dreams in life are only just that....dreams. All my life I have wanted this and now my dream has come true. Words can't describe how thankful and blessed I am for the opportunity to give back to all those who have supported me. I'm going to work hard to make the best album possible! I want to thank my Momma for making me go to Denver. Look out! I'm Nashville bound!"

Sony Music Nashville Chairman and CEO Gary Overton says, “We at Sony Music Nashville are incredibly excited about signing Casey James. I flew to New York to see him ‘live’ with the American Idol Tour and I was blown away with his voice, guitar playing and stage presence...and so were the thousands of fans in the amphitheatre. He has honed his skills as a showman with his years of performing live on stage! I can't wait to get him into the studio to begin recording his debut album.”

Simon Fuller, Creator of American Idol and founder of 19 Entertainment adds, “Casey is an exceptional talent and it is wonderful to see another of last year's Idols secure a major record deal and the opportunity to fulfill many more dreams.”

James is currently on the American Idols Live! Tour 2010, and will soon be at work on his debut album, releasing next year.

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Friday, August 6, 2010

AINOW interview with Casey James and Siobhan Magnus

Season 9 Idol contestants Casey James and Siobhan Magnus took a few minutes to talk to AINOW about the Idols Live Tour (Get Tickets Now - Order Here!), their time on American Idol, who they think should replace Simon Cowell, and Siobhan's awesome tour boots.

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