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Casey Abrams performing in 2016
February 6, 1991|
|Origin||Idyllwild, California, US|
|Genres||Jazz, rock, blues|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, double bass, melodica|
|Labels||19, Concord Records, Chesky Records|
|Associated acts||Haley Reinhart, Postmodern Jukebox|
Casey Abrams (born February 6, 1991) is an American musician and multi-instrumentalist from Idyllwild, California, known for finishing in sixth place in the tenth season of American Idol, five weeks after being saved from elimination by the judges. A self-titled debut album was released in 2012 through Concord Records. Tales from the Gingerbread House was released on January 29, 2016.
Abrams was born on February 12, 1991 in Austin, Texas, to Pam Pierce and Ira Abrams. His father is Jewish and his mother is from a Catholic background, and Abrams grew up in an interfaith family. He spent his early years in the Chicago area, first in Evanston, Illinois, then in Wilmette, where he attended McKenzie Elementary School.
Abrams later moved to California and attended middle school and high school there. He was a student at Idyllwild Arts Academy in Idyllwild, California, where his father teaches film production. 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.
After graduating from Idyllwild in 2009, he attended University of Colorado at Boulder as a music major. He worked as a film camp counselor at Idyllwild Arts Summer Camp prior to his appearance on American Idol.
Abrams suffers from ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory disease which causes ulceration and inflammation of the colon, and that occasionally requires blood transfusions, which resulted in his having to be hospitalized while on American Idol.
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. He was well enough to perform on performance night, and was one of the five male vote receivers to advance to the Top 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.
|Episode||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order #||Result|
||"I Don't Need No Doctor"||Ray Charles||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 1||First Solo||"Lullaby of Birdland"||Ella Fitzgerald||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 2||Group Performance||"Get Ready"||The Temptations||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round, Part 3||Second Solo||"Georgia on My Mind"||Hoagy Carmichael||N/A||Advanced|
|Las Vegas Round||Songs of The Beatles
|"A Hard Day's Night"||The Beatles||N/A||Advanced|
|Hollywood Round Final||Final Solo||"Why Don't You Do Right?"||Kansas Joe McCoy||N/A||Advanced|
|Top 24 (12 Men)||Personal Choice||"I Put a Spell on You"||Screamin' Jay Hawkins||12||Advanced|
|Top 13||Your Personal Idol||"With a Little Help from My Friends"||The Beatles||2||Safe|
|Top 12||Year You Were Born||"Smells Like Teen Spirit"||Nirvana||10||Safe|
|Top 11||Motown||"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"||The Miracles||1||Saved1|
|Top 112||Elton John||"Your Song"||Elton John||9||Safe|
|Top 9||Rock & Roll Hall of Fame||"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"||Creedence Clearwater Revival||3||Safe|
|Top 8||Songs from the Movies||"Nature Boy"||Nat King Cole||5||Safe|
|Top 7||Songs from the 21st Century||"Harder to Breathe"||Maroon 5||5||Safe|
|Top 6||Carole King||Duet "I Feel the Earth Move"
with Haley Reinhart
|Solo "Hi-De-Ho"||The City||7|
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]
On January 8, 2012 Abrams signed with Concord Music Group. Abrams’ linking with Concord Music Group marks the second signing of a contestant from season ten to a non-Universal Music Group-owned label. 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." The first single from the album "Get Out" was released on June 5, 2012. The album was released June 26, 2012. Performing on the show gave sales of his album a boost of nearly 2,000% over the previous week.
In 2015, Abrams and the Gingerbread Band began work on his independently funded second album, an EP Tales from the Gingerbread House. He has also added the album to PledgeMusic and offered pre-order incentives in order to help fund the album's release. The EP contains five songs including "Cougartown," which contains background vocals by Haley Reinhart, and "Never Knew What Love Can Do", a duet with Reinhart.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart position||Sales|
|Put a Spell On You|
|Title||Details||Peak chart position||Sales||Track listing|
|Tales From the Gingerbread House||
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2012||"Get Out"||23||39||—||Casey Abrams|
|Year||Title||Peak chart position|
|Bubbling Under||Hot |
|2011||"Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams
|2011||"Baby, It's Cold Outside" (with Haley Reinhart)|
|2013||"Stuck in London – Orchestra of People"|
|2015||"Great Bright Morning - Orchestra of People"|
|2016||"Never Knew What Love Can Do - Orchestra of People"|
|2016||"Shining A Light - Orchestra of People"|
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