Season 10 contestant Casey Abrams is sometimes such a goofball, it’s hard to know when he’s being sincere and when he’s not.
For instance, I asked him about his current, even more hirsute look. He didn’t give me a genuine answer. Rather, he joked about it.
“Who cares about image?” he said. “We need to focus on my music, not my hot body.”
Then there’s the botched National Anthem from Sunday night at Citi Field before the Mets/Yankees game. He even knew the headline of the YouTube video: “Casey Abrams from American Idol butchers anthem”
“It was a lot of pressure,” Abrams admitted. “It kind of reminded me of classical music. You have to get every single note right, every lyric right. Maybe the pressure got to me.”
His lesson: never sing the National Anthem ever again.
His self-titled album is officially out today but is already available in streaming form if you want to sample it. It’s light and frothy and fun.
“I love the reaction,” Abrams said. “Let’s make music for the real world as opposed to the Idol world. I just wanted to put out music for people to listen to. I like storytelling. All these songs tell a story. I’m desperate for women in one song or another song. I meet a chick in New York City. There’s a song where I’m just talking about old shoes.” He co-wrote nine of the songs.
“I always wrote for myself. It was healthy to get in with people who know their stuff about the music industry. Add my craziness with their ability to formal songwriting. It’s a good combination!”
For Abrams, that means “Let’s go for the catchier melodies as opposed to the 13/8 rhythmic change. That makes no sense.”
His duet with Haley Reinhart of “Hit the Road, Jack” is a delight. Those two smoke as a couple – at least on stage.
As noted before, he said there is no hanky panky going on between the two of them. But he did say, “I wish there was something off stage. She’s a great person. And she’s fun to hang out with.”
He plans to hit the road (without Jack) to promote the album but his tour dates have not been set.
He is also continuing to build awareness of ulcerative colitis, a chronic digestive disease he has suffered for years. It almost took him down during “Idol” last year, much like Phillip Phillips this year with kidney stones. Fortunately, Abrams said he’s been well for eight months, citing diet and exercise. He has written a song “Chip on Your Shoulder” about the disease. Any person who joins his fan club at www.IBDIcons.com, a donation through Janssen Biotech, Inc., will be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk