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Casey Abrams
Background information
Born(1991-02-12) February 12, 1991 (age 23)
Austin, Texas
OriginIdyllwild, California, US
GenresJazz, rock, blues
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, double bass, bass guitar, keyboard, guitar, piano, melodica, accordion, sitar, clarinet, drums, cello[1]
Years active2011–present
Labels19, Concord Records
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Casey Abrams
Background information
Born(1991-02-12) February 12, 1991 (age 23)
Austin, Texas
OriginIdyllwild, California, US
GenresJazz, rock, blues
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, double bass, bass guitar, keyboard, guitar, piano, melodica, accordion, sitar, clarinet, drums, cello[1]
Years active2011–present
Labels19, Concord Records

Casey Abrams (born February 12, 1991) is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist from Idyllwild, California who finished in sixth place on the tenth season of American Idol. He was eliminated from the competition on April 28, 2011, five weeks after becoming the third finalist to be saved from elimination by the judges.

Early life[edit]

Abrams was born on February 12, 1991 in Austin, Texas, to Pam Pierce and Ira Abrams.[2][3] His father is Jewish and his mother is from a Catholic background, and Abrams grew up in an interfaith family.[4] He spent his early years in the Chicago area, first in Evanston, Illinois, then in Wilmette, where he attended McKenzie Elementary School.[5]

Abrams later moved to California and attended middle school and high school there. He was a student at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, California,[6] where his father teaches film production.[2] At Idyllwild Arts, he studied classical bass instruction and improvisation, and participated in the jazz ensembles, gaining a foundation in music history, piano, and jazz piano, and learning to write musical scores for films.[7]

After graduating from Idyllwild in 2009, he attended University of Colorado at Boulder as a music major.[8] He worked as a film camp counselor at Idyllwild Arts Summer Camp prior to his appearance on American Idol.

Abrams suffers from ulcerative colitis,[9] an inflammatory disease which causes ulceration and inflammation of the colon, and that occasionally requires blood transfusions, which resulted in his having been hospitalized while on American Idol.[10]

Abrams lists as his musical influences Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Oscar Peterson, and James Taylor, as well as Marshall Hawkins, head of the jazz department at Idyllwild Arts Academy.[11]

American Idol[edit]


Abrams auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Austin, Texas. He was selected as one of the Top 24 semi-finalists, but two days before he was due to perform for the semi-finals, he suffered severe stomach pains and was rushed to the hospital.[12] He was well enough to perform on performance night, and was one of the five male vote receivers to advance to the Top 13;[13] however, he missed the Top 13 results show due to his illness. He was the lowest vote receiver on the Top 11 result show, but was saved by the judges; they chose to save him immediately, stopping his supposedly last performance on the show halfway through it. He is the third finalist to be saved by the judges in three seasons.

Abrams was eliminated from the competition on April 28, 2011, finishing in sixth place. During his last performance he sang "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, a song he had performed during the semi-finals. During the performance he kissed audience members, rolled onto the stage, thanked the judges, and sang the last two words ("you're mine") to fellow contestant Haley Reinhart.

On May 25, 2011, Abrams sang "Fat Bottomed Girls" with Jack Black on the American Idol finale.

Performances and results[edit]

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice
"I Don't Need No Doctor"Ray CharlesN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1First Solo"Lullaby of Birdland"Ella FitzgeraldN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group Performance"Get Ready"The TemptationsN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3Second Solo"Georgia on My Mind"Hoagy CarmichaelN/AAdvanced
Las Vegas RoundSongs of The Beatles
Group Performance
"A Hard Day's Night"The BeatlesN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round FinalFinal Solo"Why Don't You Do Right?"Kansas Joe McCoyN/AAdvanced
Top 24 (12 Men)Personal Choice"I Put a Spell on You"Screamin' Jay Hawkins12Advanced
Top 13Your Personal Idol"With a Little Help from My Friends"The Beatles2Safe
Top 12Year you Were Born"Smells Like Teen Spirit"Nirvana10Safe
Top 11Motown"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"The Miracles1Saved1
Top 112Elton John"Your Song"Elton John9Safe
Top 9Rock & Roll Hall of Fame"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"Creedence Clearwater Revival3Safe
Top 8Songs from the Movies"Nature Boy"Nat King Cole5Safe
Top 7Songs from the 21st Century"Harder to Breathe"Maroon 55Safe
Top 6Carole KingDuet "I Feel the Earth Move"
with Haley Reinhart
Carole King3Eliminated
Solo "Hi-De-Ho"The City7


Abrams appeared and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in April 2011, and Live with Regis and Kelly, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and MTV's The Seven in May of the same year. He was one of the performers in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011, which began in West Valley City, Utah in July 2011, and ended in Manila, Philippines in September 2011.[not in citation given][14]

In August 2011, Abrams became a spokesman in a national campaign called IBD Icons to raise awareness of inflammatory bowel disease.[15]

Abrams and former American Idol season 10 contestant Haley Reinhart recorded a holiday song, "Baby, It's Cold Outside", in November 2011[16]—also released on video.[17]

On January 8, 2012 Abrams signed with Concord Music Group.[18] Abrams’ linking with Concord Music Group marks the second signing of a contestant from season ten to a non-Universal Music Group-owned label.[citation needed] His first album is self-titled, Casey Abrams. The album was executive produced by Randy Jackson and American Songwriter writes that "co-writers on the album include American Idol co-producer Iain Pirie and mega-hit songwriters Jason Mraz, Rune Westberg, Martin Terefe, and Toby Gad."[19] The first single from the album "Get Out" was released on June 5, 2012. The album was released June 26, 2012.[20] Performing on the show gave sales of his album a boost of nearly 2,000% over the previous week.[21]



TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionSales
Casey Abrams10127,000[23]


YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
2012"Get Out"2339Casey Abrams
"Simple Life"9


YearTitlePeak chart position
Bubbling UnderHot
2011"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams


Music videos[edit]

2011"Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with Haley Reinhart)
2012"Simple Life"
2013"Get Out"
2013"Stuck in London – Orchestra of People"

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Casey Abrams, Idol's Jazz Man work= My Fox Memphis". March 8, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Colbert, Bruce (March 15, 2011). "American Idol' contestant Casey Abrams has Prescott ties". Daily Courier. Retrieved March 16, 2013. 
  3. ^ Smith, Marshall (February 25, 2011). "Casey Abrams makes the top 24 on American Idol". Idyllwild Town Crier. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Johnson, Steve (March 8, 2011). "College student jazzes up finals". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Casey Abrams, 'Idol' Finalists Performs Tonight". KPSP Local 2 News. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ Ashcroft, Doug (February 18, 2011). "Casey and Julie". Idyllwild Arts Academy. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  8. ^ "CU-Boulder's Casey Abrams is in the top 13 on American Idol". Daily Camera. March 4, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "'Casey Abrams Confirms Illness". 95.5 WPLJ. March 17, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  10. ^ "'American Idol's' Casey Abrams Had Two Blood Transfusions While Hospitalized". The Hollywood Reporter. March 10, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Casey Abrams Brings Strong Jazz, Time-Tested Influences to American Idol". International Business Times. March 5, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  12. ^ Braxton, Greg (February 25, 2011). "Casey Abrams expected to perform at 'American Idol' taping". LA Times. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  13. ^ Fox, Mark Davis. "American Idol: Season 10's top 13". USA Today. Retrieved March 31, 2011. 
  14. ^ "American Idol" Judges Save Contestant; Fantasia to Perform on Next Results Show
  15. ^ Sweet, Laurel J. (September 1, 2011). "'Idol' contestant speaks out on illness". Retrieved September 21, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Haley & Casey's Holiday Duet "Baby, It's Cold Outside," Is Available NOW!". Haley Reinhart's Official Website. November 21, 2011. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Haley & Casey's Holiday Duet "Baby, It's Cold Outside," Video Is Available Now on Yahoo!". Casey Abrams' Twitter. November 15, 2011. Retrieved November 22, 2011. 
  18. ^
  19. ^ "Casey Abrams of American Idol Readies Debut Album". Casey Abrams of American Idol Readies Debut Album. American Songwriter. Retrieved June 14, 2012. 
  20. ^ Sarah Lindstedt (June 16, 2012). "'American Idol's' Casey Abrams' Debut Album: Track-By-Track (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  21. ^ 'Idol' performance puts Casey Abrams on the charts. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
  22. ^ Mansfield, Brian (July 4, 2012). "'Idol' albums: Carrie tops, Casey debuts". Idol Chatter (USA Today). Retrieved July 4, 2012. 
  23. ^ Mansfield, Brian (March 27, 2013). "'Idol' performance puts Casey Abrams on the charts". Idol Chatter (USA Today). Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  24. ^ "'Mr. Know It All' goes No. 1 at Hot AC". Idolchatter (USAToday). December 12, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 

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