Casey James (album)

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Casey James
Studio album by Casey James
Released March 20, 2012 (2012-03-20)
Genre Country
Length 39:18
Label BNA, 19
Producer Casey James
Chris Lindsey
Singles from Casey James
  1. "Let's Don't Call It a Night"
    Released: August 15, 2011
  2. "Crying on a Suitcase"
    Released: June 18, 2012
  3. "The Good Life"
    Released: April 1, 2013

Casey James is the debut album by American Idol season nine finalist, Casey James. The album was released on March 20, 2012 in the United States by BNA Records. The album produced three singles: "Let's Don't Call It a Night," "Crying on a Suitcase," and "The Good Life."


James signed with Sony Music Nashville in August 2010 after appearing on American Idol, and had planned to release his album in 2011.[1] The album however was not released until March 2012.[2] James co-wrote nine of the CD's eleven tracks and co-produced the CD with Chris Lindsey.[3] James co-wrote his single "Let's Don't Call It a Night" with Brice Long and Terry McBride.[4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
Roughstock 4/5 stars[6]
Taste of Country 3.5/5 stars[7]
CMIL 4/5 stars[8]

The album is generally well received by the critics. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic considered that every element in the album "has been vetted and polished, every song targeted at an individual audience", and that "there is the soul of a musician evident beneath the heavy gloss, the sense that James is attempting to reshape his favorite sounds for a wide audience."[5] Matt Bjorke of Roughstock thought that it is a "well-written, strongly-produced debut album", while Billy Dukes of Taste of Country considered it "an easy album to listen to start to finish, and the singer’s beachy, gravely timber make him easy to identify."[6][7]

Chart performance and sales[edit]

Casey James debuted at number 23 on the Billboard 200, with first week sales of 14,000 copies.[9] The album has sold 77,000 copies in the US as of April 2013.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Good Life" Casey James, Scooter Carusoe 3:30
2. "Crying on a Suitcase" Lee Thomas Miller, Tom Shapiro, Neil Thrasher 3:42
3. "Let's Don't Call It a Night" C. James, Brice Long, Terry McBride 3:26
4. "Drive" C. James, Brad Warren, Brett Warren 3:32
5. "Love the Way You Miss Me" C. James, Long, McBride 3:39
6. "Undone" C. James, Carusoe 3:25
7. "So Sweet" C. James, Dallas Davidson, Patrick Davis 3:31
8. "She's Money" C. James, Jaren Johnston 4:03
9. "Tough Love" C. James, Brett James, David Lee Murphy 3:30
10. "Workin' On It" Bob DiPiero, Brandon Kinney, Daniel Tashian 3:22
11. "Miss Your Fire" C. James, Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo 3:38



  • "Let's Don't Call It a Night" as released on August 15, 2011, and sold 5,000 copies in its debut week.[11]
  • "Crying on a Suitcase" is the second single.
  • "The Good Life" was released as the album's third single.



Chart (2011-2012) Peak
US Billboard 200[9] 23
US Billboard Top Country Albums[9] 2


Year Single Peak chart positions
US Country
US Country Airplay
2011 "Let's Don't Call It a Night" 21
2012 "Crying on a Suitcase" 24 14 88
2013 "The Good Life" 57
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ Brian Mansfield (Aug 17, 2010). "It's official: Casey James signs with Sony Music Nashville". Idol Chatter. USA Today. 
  2. ^ "Casey James' Debut Album to Hit Stores in March". The Boot. January 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Mansfield, Brian (January 20, 2012). "Casey James track list revealed". Idol Chatter. USA Today, a division of Gannett. 
  4. ^ "Casey James". BNA records. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Casey James". Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Matt Bjorke. "Album Review: Casey James - Casey James". Roughstock. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Billy Duke. "Casey James, 'Casey James' – Album Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ Jayme O. "Album Review: Casey James' Self-Titled Debut". CMIL. Retrieved April 15, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c Mansfield, Brian (2012-03-28). "'Idol' album sales: Clarkson, Daughtry, Studdard". Idol Chatter. USA Today. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ Mansfield, Brian (2013-04-21). "'Idol' sales: Scotty's new single, more". Idol Chatter. USA Today. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ Mansfield, Brian (August 24, 2011). "Country singles lead 'Idol' track sales". Idol Chatter. USA Today, a division of Gannett. 
  12. ^ "Casey James Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Casey James Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Casey James Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 27, 2012.