“Possessing abundant sex appeal, smooth vocal ease and poetic mastery, Causey is catching the attention of a growing fan base.” - Jazzreview.com
Mellifluous, enticing, passionate and dexterous - these are superlatives most certainly appropriate for defining the style and sound of acclaimed singer/songwriter, TY CAUSEY. Talented, prolific, and genuine are best in describing who he is. All combined the result unveils an artist that harkens back to the storied crooners of the past, but with a present day sheen that boasts a collage of soul, jazz and R&B. His brand of sensual soul and smooth R&B is winning over a growing number of fans and industry insiders alike on the strength of his five acclaimed CDs causing many to place him amongst the elite R&B vocalists on the scene today.
Rooted within a gospel tradition, Causey began his career as many great ones do, singing in the church. The Indiana native’s talent as well as word of his ability would quickly blossom affording him the opportunity to perform with such gospel music icons as James Cleveland, the Hawkins Singers, Shirley Caesar and a host of other notable gospel artists. But because he was also heavily influenced by the sounds of Soul, R&B and Jazz his aspirations went beyond just Gospel.
After stints in musical theater, performing on jingles and as lead vocalist with a promising vocal group, Collaboration, which opened for artists such as Glenn Jones, Silk, and Howard Hewett, Causey would ultimately shift his sites to a solo career that proved to be the right choice indeed. During this time of building a solid rep for himself as a consummate live performer, fast becoming known as a local star in is home Fort Wayne and surrounding Indiana area, a series of fateful connections brought him to the attention of noted contemporary jazz saxophonist, Najee while there for a tour performance. So impressed with a demo of Causey’s, Najee quickly invited him to California to work on his next project. That project ultimately became Najee’s Verve Records release, MORNING TENDERNESS and Causey would not only be a featured vocalist on the CD, co-writing several of it’s tracks, but he would also fill that spot on the subsequent worldwide tour which had him sharing the stage with other artists such as Pieces Of A Dream, Norman Brown and more. This great opportunity introduced him to a number of eventual fans of his style and sound. Needless to say the enthusiastic response he received while on the tour with constant queries as to whether or when his own project would be available encouraged Causey upon his return home to set his sites on answering those questions.
Taking his time, fuelled by the desire to release a quality project, he tested the tricky waters of the music industry with a few EPs and then ultimately released his aptly titled full-length debut, N-TYSING in 2004. The winning collection that featured guest spots from saxophonist Najee and bassist Nelson Braxton of the jazz duo Braxton Brothers drew enthusiastic reviews and found its way to the playlists of radio programs in both the U.S and abroad including the UK, Japan and Germany. Even though the availability of this great release was unfortunately and abruptly cut short the resulting exposure gave notice to an engaging new voice with the timeless qualities and flair of renowned R&B/Soul singers moving many to still include N-TYSING on several “best of” lists for 2004.
Because of the renewed attention brought about by his excellent 2005 follow-up project, LOVE NOTES, which also received worldwide acclaim including a Male Vocalist of the Year nomination from #1 online soul music resource, SOULTRACKS.COM, Causey re-released his debut, aptly titled N-TYSING REKINDLED, boasting a brand new look and two new bonus tracks not on the original picking up the excitement right where it left off.
Causey has since released three more solid projects with several tracks that are also enjoying increased airplay and exposure on both conventional and alternative radio formats. There is EXPRESSIONS, which was considered by many to be his strongest and is to date, his most successful. It currently holds a solid position as one of premier on-line music retailers, CDBaby.com’s top selling Urban/R&B: Smooth Soul albums and helped to garner another Male Vocalist of Year nomination in 2007 from Soultracks.com which wrote in it’s review of the release, “Ty Causey has taken a strong, creative turn on Expressions that should provide ample material for both smooth jazz and UAC radio to highlight for some time. It should also accelerate his growth as one of the most enjoyable adult soul singers around.” SmoothJazz.com also wrote, “Causey is an extraordinarily talented producer/singer/songwriter who has got to be one of the brightest new stars of the smooth jazz, R&B, and sensual soul genres . . . EXPRESSIONS is the album that should move Mr. Causey right to the top of the pack, where he certainly belongs.” Following that was the limited edition CD BODY LANGUAGE, a collection of previously unreleased material that was initially only available at select live performances, but in response to enthusiastic requests was made available to the general public. And now there is the newly released CD, TRUE LOVE IN MOTION, a solid collection of winning tracks, infectious beats, indelible hooks and an infusion of contemporary flows – done his way – delivered with one of the most engaging and purest voices on the scene today. This release is already receiving great reviews, consistent and beyond his previous projects like that from Indiana mag, Frost Illustrated, that raves, “With each record, Causey just keeps getting better and better at what he does. He’s really hit stride on this record, his already great voice maturing and him using it to explore even more emotional nooks and crannies in his writing and production.”
While Causey has built an impressive as well as acclaimed catalog of recorded music and is continuously in the studio creating music for future projects, his love is to perform live. Because although his recordings reveal an outstanding vocalist, audiences are quick to discover they are only a small window to how tremendously talented and engaging this seasoned entertainer is. Needless to say, his established and burgeoning fan-base is encouraging a burgeoning schedule of soulful live performances throughout the year with a stream of queries from those wanting to know when he’s coming to their town both here and abroad. In addition to appearing at music festivals, sponsored public and private events, and music clubs which include performing at the legendary Bluenote Jazz Club in New York, Causey has opened and shared the stage with a number of noted R&B and jazz artists spanning from Smooth Jazz guitarist Peter White to the popular R&B group, The SOS Band continuing, in the process to capture new admirers of his captivating voice and sound.
All of these accolades have and continue to establish Ty Causey as one of the finest vocalists on the soul and smooth jazz scenes encouraging many to recognize him as a major talent on the rise.
“one of the best male soul singers we’ve heard of late, and an artist with a sound that should be getting him big play in years to come!” - Dustygroove.com