Cas Haley

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Cas Haley
Cas Haley.jpg
Haley performing at Taste of Dallas in 2007
Background information
Birth name Benjamin Cas Haley[1]
Born (1980-12-27) December 27, 1980 (age 33)
Paris, Texas, United States
Genres Reggae, rock
Occupation(s) Singer, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2008–present
Labels Cartel Records (2008-2010)
Easy Star (2010-present)
Associated acts Woodbelly, Josh Heinrichs

Benjamin Cas Haley (born December 27, 1980; Paris, Texas) is an American singer/guitarist who was the runner-up on Season 2 of America's Got Talent in 2007.

Career[edit]

His self-titled album charted as the #8 Best selling reggae album of 2008 on the Billboard Charts.[2]

In June 2009, it was announced that Haley & former Jah Roots lead singer, Josh Heinrichs, would release Favorites, a collection of modern and classic reggae favorites redone by Haley and Heinrichs. Announced to be released in late summer 2009 by Big Karma Records, the album was postponed due to producer Jim Slaton's unexpected death from a heart attack in August 2009. The album was mastered by Rob Fraboni.[3]

In December 2009, Haley joined the Jamaican reggae artist Tanya Stephens to sing on a cover of "Wolfman's Brother" for the Phish reggae tribute album Dub Like An Antelope - Legends of reggae celebrate Phish. The album was released December 14, 2009.

In June 2010, Haley toured Hawaii with Josh Heinrichs playing shows on Oahu & The Big Island. While on tour they appeared on several local radio programs and the television morning news portion of Hawaii News Now.[4]

On June 3, 2010, Easy Star Records announced that they would be releasing Haley's follow up album, Connection, on September 14, 2010.[5] "Connection" was released as scheduled and debuted at #2 on Billboard's Top 200 Best Selling Reggae Albums.[6]

In October, Haley toured the US west coast and Europe with the Easy Star All-Stars, in support of Connection.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Haley is married to Cassie Black and has a son named Eben and a daughter named Nolah. He lived in Arlington, Texas previously, but has moved back to a small community outside of Paris, Texas.

Video[edit]

America's Got Talent[edit]

After his audition, judge Piers Morgan said that Haley sang "Walking on the Moon" better than Sting.

Performances/Results[edit]

Week Theme Song choice Original artist Result
Audition Chicago "Walking on the Moon" The Police Advanced
Vegas Verdicts N/A "Living for the City" Stevie Wonder Advanced
Top 20 Group 2 "Higher and Higher" Jackie Wilson Advanced
Top 10 N/A "Bring it on Home to Me" Sam Cooke Advanced
Top 8 Heroes "Easy" Lionel Richie Advanced
Top 4 Judges' Choice
Contestant's Choice
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
"Sir Duke"
Elvis Presley
Stevie Wonder
N/A
Finale Duets "Red Red Wine" Neil Diamond Runner Up

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US
Reggae
Year End Reggae
2008 Cas Haley
  • Released: February 14, 2008
  • Label: Cartel Records (All Rights Reserved)
  • Format: CD, digital download
2[6] 8[2]
2010 Connection
  • Released: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Easy Star Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
2[6]
2013 La Si Dah
  • Release: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Easy Star Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes the album did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak Album
US
2010 "Better" Connection
"—" denotes the single did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas Births, 1926-1995". Familytreelegends.com. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  2. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  3. ^ "Index of /news". Thepier.org. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  4. ^ "Reggae artist Cas Haley to hold concert Wednesday night - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL". Hawaii News Now. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  5. ^ "Cas Haley Signs To". Easy Star. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  6. ^ a b c 51:28 (2010-10-02). "Connection - Cas Haley". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  7. ^ "Cas Haley Events". Easy Star. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  8. ^ "#2 Most Successful Independent In Sales - Heavyweight Dj Forums - Los Angeles". Heavyweightdj.com. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  9. ^ "Malibu magazine". Malibumag.com. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 

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