|Birth name||Casey Barnes|
|Origin||Gold Coast, Queensland|
|Genres||Pop folk, acoustic|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, drums|
|Years active||2006 – present|
Casey’s music has made an impact around the world. Gaining the nickname "MF", Casey hit the streets early with his first hit "I F'ed Your B".
Casey started his singing career in his home state of Tasmania, before relocating to the Gold Coast, which he now calls home. Casey’s songs are honest and heartfelt. The emotions are genuine. This was evident on his previous album ‘Jet Trails’, released September 2012 and spawned a string of well received singles. This album was Casey’s first association with Aussie hit-maker Rick Price (Not a Day Goes By, Heaven Knows) after a chance meeting in Nashville led the pair to become lifelong friends and songwriting partners.
Writing with Rick Price has continued into 2014 with Casey’s brand new EP, which was recorded in Nashville was released in June. This EP was produced by Price and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Lehning and has so far has seen the release of three singles, ‘Valentine’, ‘Flesh and Bone’ and now 'Waiting On The Day', all receiving regular radio airplay nationwide. In addition, the three clips have been featured extensively on Foxtel’s CMC. Previous single ‘Flesh and Bone’ reached #6 on the All Australian Top 20 Countdown and #34 on the CMC Country charts.
Casey has gone onto receive international recognition with ‘Flesh and Bone’ reaching the finals of two prestigious US based competitions, International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Only. The International Songwriting Competition alone had over 20,000 entries worldwide this year.
The success of ‘Flesh and Bone’ is an exceptional follow up to Casey’s previous single ‘Valentine’ released earlier this year which received national airplay, a performance on Channel Seven’s Weekend Sunrise and the music video being added to Foxtel’s Country Music Channel. The clip for Valentine was also voted by Herald Sun newspaper reporter Cameron Adams' top 10 music 'real life couples' music videos of all time.
Family and community are important to Casey. At the start of 2011, his defiant Never Break You became an anthem after the devastating Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi. The song soared to number one on the AIR charts, Top 10 on iTunes, and number six on ARIA’s Australian Artists Singles chart, with Casey donating all proceeds to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.
2013 was a rewarding year for Casey. He continued to promote his then current CD release ‘Jet Trails’ with shows in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. He also performed at gigs and festivals around Australia including main stage at one of Queensland’s premier events the ‘Caloundra Music Festival’. Another highlight was participating in Perth’s Channel Seven Telethon which last year raised a record sum for children’s charities. A seasoned television performer, Casey has also performed numerous times on such shows as Sunrise, Mornings with Kerri-Anne, The Circle and the Marngrook Footy Show.
Australians got to know Casey’s story when he was a top 12 finalist in the final series of Australian Idol. But Casey already had a career well before appearing on the show, having released three albums, played alongside Bryan Adams (for A Day On The Green), Eskimo Joe and Vanessa Amorosi and had a number one hit in Europe, singing Marco Demark’s remake of Elton John’s Tiny Dancer.
Casey has ended his triumphant year with a special guest appearance as support to US superstar Mariah Carey for A Day on the Green. Definitely a career highlight to date Casey explains ‘If someone had told me at the start of my career that I would get to open for the highest selling female artist of all time I would have most likely laughed in their face…..Supporting Mariah Carey I would say is by far one of my greatest achievements to date and an experience I’ll never forget. Such an amazing day and so thankful for the opportunity’.
Casey continues to dominate the Australian music festival circuit and with more major festivals in the pipeline for 2015 it sees him as one of Australia’s premier performers with a career truly on the rise.
2006–08: Casey Barnes
In April 2006, Barnes released a new single titled "What The Hell Are You Waiting For?", the lead single from his self-titled second studio album. The single was selected to be on 'The Whiteroom 10', a site set up in the UK designed to unearth unsigned artists and bands on a major level. Barnes did a five-week tour in Americas and Europe to promote the album. The cities included San Francisco, Chicago, New York, London, Paris, Prague and Singapore. Barnes' self-titled album, Casey Barnes, was released in 2007. The album was also released digitally on iTunes on 1 August 2007. In November, Barnes recorded a song with Connor Maclean, titled "How Good It Would Be", through Sony BMG and was released digitally on iTunes and on Barnes website. The single was featured on a Christmas album released by Connor. All proceeds of the single and the album went to the Westmead's Children's Hospital.
In 2008, Australian DJ-producer Marco Denmark released a version of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" featuring Barnes. The track reached number 1 on most of the dance charts in the UK, and then went onto reach top-5 on most of the dance charts throughout Europe including one in Italy followed by five Australia. The track was also added to the daytime play lists of the biggest radio stations in the UK; Radio 1, Capital, Kiss FM and Galaxy.
2009: Australian Idol
In 2009, Barnes entered the seventh series of Australian Idol. Barnes auditioned for idol at the Brisbane auditions. Barnes received great feedback from the judges and went on to compete in the semi-finals. Barnes performed in the second week of the semi-finals, in group 2, but lost the advance to the top-12 to Ashleigh Toole and Nathan Brake but was announced that he would be a contender in the wildcard show, alongside fellow contestant Lauren Street. On the wildcard show, Barnes lost the public vote to the top-12 but made it through the judges' picks. Barnes was eliminated in the top-11 show on 20 September 2009.
2010–present: Red Lion Motel EP
In May 2010, Barnes digitally released an EP titled Red Lion Motel. Barnes released a single from the album titled "I Promise", released digitally on 5 May 2010. A video for the single was shot in April 2010 and was released on 9 May 2010.
2013 was a rewarding year for Casey. He continued to promote his then current album release ‘Jet Trails’ with shows in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. He also performed at gigs and festivals around Australia including main stage at one of Queensland’s premier events the ‘Caloundra Music Festival’.
Writing with Rick Price has continued into 2014 with Casey’s brand new EP (Title: Flesh & Bone), which was recorded in Nashville was released in June. This EP was produced by Price and mixed by Grammy Award winner Jason Lehning and has so far seen the release of three singles, ‘Valentine’, ‘Flesh and Bone’ and now 'Waiting On The Day', all receiving regular radio airplay nationwide. In addition, both clips have been featured extensively on Foxtel’s CMC. Previous single ‘Flesh and Bone’ reached #6 on the All Australian Top 20 Countdown and #34 on the CMC Country charts.
Casey has gone onto receive international recognition with ‘Flesh and Bone’ reaching the finals of two prestigious US based competitions, International Songwriting Competition and Unsigned Only. The International Songwriting Competition alone had over 20,000 entries worldwide this year
|Year||Album details||Peak chart position
|2010||Red Lion Motel
|2006||"What the Hell Are You Waiting For?"||—||Casey Barnes|
|2010||"I Promise"||—||Red Lion Motel|
|"Coming Back to You"||—||Casey Barnes|
|2011||"Never Break You"||47||Non-album single|
As featured artist
(Marco Denmark featuring Casey Barnes)
|2007||"How Good It Would Be" (With Connor Maclean)||—||–||–|
|2010||"I Promise"||Nicholas O'hara-boyd and Cody Richardson|
- iTunes Store Casey Barnes album – Retrieved 24 July 2010
- Casey Barnes – News 07 November Update & December '07 notes – Retrieved 26 July 2010
- Marco Denmark ft Casey Barnes – Tiny Dancer Video Retrieved 25 July 2010
- Australian Idol: Farewell Casey Barnes Who Magazine – Retrieved 25 July 2010
- Red Lion Motel – EP by Casey Barnes iTunes Store – Retrieved 26 July 2010
- I Promise – Single by Casey Barnes iTunes Store – Retrieved 26 July 2010
- Casey Barnes – I Promise [Official Video] YouTube – Retrieved 26 July 2010
- The ARIA Report issue 1091