A native of Naples, FL, Casey Weston comes from a family of athletes but from childhood, her real love was music and performing.
In eighth grade, she borrowed an acoustic guitar from the music department at her school and began teaching herself how to play. Almost immediately, she discovered a passion for writing songs as well and started putting on ‘shows’ to entertain her friends and family, singing many different styles of music including her own.
This repertoire broadened as her grandmother brought her to Naples night spots to perform at karaoke events. From the first venue, it was evident in the crowds’ enthusiasm that Casey was not just another kid who could sing, but possessed a voice that was far beyond her years in texture, timbre and tone. Little by little, it also became obvious that Casey had a talent for interpreting songs and that, combined with her mature delivery, began drawing a small, but loyal following.
In was clear to her parents that Casey’s interest in music was not a phase, so they agreed to buy her a guitar of her own and to help pay for guitar lessons. In return, Casey agreed to write a song to commemorate her parent’s 20th wedding anniversary six months later in August of 2007.
It was that contingency that instilled in a Casey a desire to write her songs about real life experiences and situations, rather than the fanciful love songs so common during that time. With melodies both unusual and yet traditional, she paired lyrics that, like her voice, were well beyond her years.
Her performances at karaoke competitions quickly led to feature bookings as the venues grew from local hot spots to county fairs, first rate night clubs and other public settings. The year was 2008 and Casey, still in high school, found herself being paid, sometimes a lot, to do what she loved.
While her popularity grew and the media embraced her where ever she performed, it wasn’t until February of 2011 when she was approached by her vocal coach from Nashville to suggest that Casey audition for a new reality music talent show called The Voice that her career gained wide-spread attention.
Suddenly, Weston found herself on a flight to Los Angeles to compete on the national televised stage with some of the nation’s best amateur singers and a host of seasoned professional singers. As final round finalist, she established herself as one of the most promising young singers-songwriters in the nation.
Her interpretation of melodies and rhythms invigorated songs written and made famous by other performers, but it was through the presentation of her own songs that critics and observers first got a glimpse of her true talent.
Bolstered by her success, Casey found herself playing and singing, not only in her native Naples, but increasingly on tour and in her new home of Nashville, TN. Within the last year, she has appeared at such legendary Nashville establishments as the Commodore Lounge, the Bluebird Café and as the 2009 Rising Star Contest at Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin, Tennessee.
What’s more, she has performed at large music festivals and events throughout the United States both as a featured act and as an opener for top singers like James Otto, Craig Morgan, Justin Moore, Tanya Tucker and John Anderson.
To round out her stage experience, Casey remains engaged in the study of music theory, composition and skill development, with vocal coaching and advanced guitar training occurring in Nashville and piano training under the direction of Cynthia Dallas, Principal Keyboard for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.
She is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
With the release of “Find the Moon”, her first full album, Casey introduces a sound and a style separate from the music being heard today, a sound that is cleaner and a message best described as ‘real life.’ Its an honest, emotional, album filled with songs you can get lost in.
When she is not writing, performing and practicing, Casey enjoys watching movies, kick-boxing, yoga and hiking in the mountains surrounding Nashville, TN. She can be reached through booking agent Mark Woods, (941) 376-4175. Fans can follow her Facebook at www.facebook.com/caseywestonmusic, or Twitter at www.twitter.com/casey_weston and for her performance schedule and other information at www.caseyweston.com.