Cas Haley

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Cas Haley
Cas Haley, singer-songwriter & winner of Lincoln "Chart Your Course" competition
Cas Haley, singer-songwriter & winner of Lincoln "Chart Your Course" competition
Background information
Birth nameBenjamin Cas Haley[1]
Born (1980-12-27) December 27, 1980 (age 40)
Paris, Texas, U.S.
Genresfolk, rock, blues, reggae
Occupation(s)Singer/songwriter
Instrumentsvocals, guitar, piano, bass, drums
Years active1998–present
LabelsCartel Records (2008–2010)
Easy Star (2010–2013)
Mailboat Records (2015–present)
Associated acts

Benjamin Cas Haley (born 1980; Paris, Texas) is an American singer-songwriter. He and his reggae-inflected music first appeared to a national audience on Season 2 of America's Got Talent in 2007, where he came in 2nd place. After his audition, judge Piers Morgan said that Haley sang "Walking on the Moon" better than Sting.[2]

Haley's self-titled debut album was released in 2007 and reached No. 8 on Billboard's Reggae Albums chart.[3]

Easy Star Records released Haley's follow-up album, Connection, on September 14, 2010.[4] It reached No. 2 on Billboard's Reggae Albums chart in 2010.[5] In October, he toured the U.S. west coast and Europe in support of Connection with the Easy Star All-Stars.[6]

In June 2010, Haley toured Hawaii with Josh Heinrichs playing shows on Oahu and The Big Island. While on tour, they appeared on several local radio programs and the television morning news portion of Hawaii News Now.[7]

Haley released his third album, La Si Dah, on May 28, 2013, on Easy Star Records.[8] The 13-song album was funded by his fans, and produced by both Haley and Grammy-winning producer-engineer Rob Fraboni (Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones). The release was followed by a European tour.[9]

That same year, Cas was nominated as best reggae rock entertainer for the 32nd annual International Reggae and World Music Awards.[10]

In 2014, Haley suffered a skiing accident that left serious muscle and nerve damage in his neck. He endured eight months of acupuncture and vocal and physical therapy to get his voice back.[11] The following year, on November 6, he released the album More Music More Family on Jimmy Buffett's Mailboat Records.[12] Nine of its 12 songs were recorded in Hawaii, and three were recorded in Haley's home in Texas and filmed as part of a video series for the Dallas News.[13]

In 2018, Cas's wife, Cassy, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Subsequently, Haley cancelled his tour dates and set up a GoFundMe campaign to help cover the family's medical expenses.[14]

On June 21, 2019, Haley released Lessons and Blessings, which was written during the time of his wife's illness. It was recorded at the Haley family farm, and his wife contributed to the songwriting.[15]

In 2020, Cas Haley was the grand prize winner of the Lincoln Motor Company's "Chart Your Course" contest. His winning song, "Every Road I'm On," beat out over 1,600 entrants. Haley won a talent contract and a recording session at Capitol Studios, a Lincoln Corsair, and appeared in a national Lincoln marketing campaign.[16] As part of the promotion, Haley met and worked with actor Matthew McConaughey, and musicians Jon Cleary, Tank of Tank and the Bangas, Ruthie Foster, and more.[17] Lincoln filmed his cross-country journey, which ended at Capitol Studios in Hollywood, where he recorded the song. The campaign includes a national broadcast and online spot and a 24-minute documentary.[18]

"Every Road I'm On" will be included on Cas Haley's album, All the Right People, set for release in early 2021 on Jimmy Buffet's label, Mailboat Records.[19]

Cas and Cassy have a son, Eben, and a daughter, Nolah.[20]


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" along with UB40 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[21] 8[22]
2010 Connection
  • Released: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Easy Star Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
2[21]
2013 La Si Dah
  • Release: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Easy Star Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
2015 More Music More Family
  • Release: November 6, 2015
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
2019 Lessons and Blessings
  • Release: June 21, 2019
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
2021 All the Right People
  • Release: 2021 TBD
  • Label: Mailboat Records
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes the album did not chart.

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak Album
US
2010 "Better" Connection
2020 "Every Road I'm On" All the Right People
2020 "All the Right People" All the Right People
2020 "Blue Jeans" All the Right People
"—" denotes the single did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Texas Births, 1926–1995". Familytreelegends.com. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  2. ^ Rickert, Julia (May 27, 2011). "Cas Haley". Relix. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Eldridge, Ellen (October 30, 2015). "CAS HALEY RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM NOV. 6, PLAYS CENTER STAGE DEC. 5". Atlanta Music Guide. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "New Releases For September 14, 2010". New Releases Now. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  5. ^ Eldridge, Ellen (October 30, 2015). "CAS HALEY RETURNS WITH NEW ALBUM NOV. 6, PLAYS CENTER STAGE DEC. 5". Atlanta Music Guide. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "Cas Haley Events". Easy Star. Archived from the original on December 25, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Reggae artist Cas Haley to hold concert Wednesday night – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL". Hawaii News Now. June 1, 2010. Archived from the original on March 6, 2012. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Geddie, Tom (February 27, 2020). "Cas Haley is Where He Wants to Be". County Line Magazine. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  9. ^ Geddie, Tom (February 27, 2020). "Cas Haley is Where He Wants to Be". County Line Magazine. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  10. ^ Geddie, Tom (February 27, 2020). "Cas Haley is Where He Wants to Be". County Line Magazine. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  11. ^ Ricciardi, Tiney (October 13, 2015). "Cas Haley thought he'd never sing again, but he's back with new album and new attitude". Dallas News. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Ricciardi, Tiney (October 13, 2015). "Cas Haley thought he'd never sing again, but he's back with new album and new attitude". Dallas News. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Ricciardi, Tiney (October 13, 2015). "Cas Haley thought he'd never sing again, but he's back with new album and new attitude". Dallas News. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  14. ^ "CAS HALEY LAUNCHES GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN FOR WIFE'S CANCER TREATMENT". Grateful Web. May 10, 2018. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  15. ^ "Cas Haley: A New Kind of Grassroots". Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival. June 25, 2019. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  16. ^ Boswell, Sally (September 22, 2020). "Cas Haley, Lincoln are good together". Lincoln. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  17. ^ Mueller, Erica (July 15, 2020). "CAS HALEY IS WINNING LIFE, MUSIC AND A THANKS TO LINCOLN'S CHART YOUR COURSE COMPETITION, A NEW CORSAIR". A Girl's Guide to Cars. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  18. ^ Gazdik, Tanya (September 3, 2020). "Lincoln Offers Music-Centric Corsair Campaign". MediaPost. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  19. ^ Dye, Robert (October 9, 2020). "Cas Haley's "All The Right People" Is An Instantly Memorable Singalong". American Songwriter. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  20. ^ Geddie, Tom (February 27, 2020). "Cas Haley is Where He Wants to Be". County Line Magazine. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Connection – Cas Haley". Billboard.com. October 2, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  22. ^ [1] Archived February 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "#2 Most Successful Independent In Sales – Heavyweight Dj Forums – Los Angeles". Heavyweightdj.com. Archived from the original on May 23, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  24. ^ "Malibu magazine". Malibumag.com. Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2012.

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