MTC’s Throwback Reviews: American Idol’s Own Casey Abrams!

“The Comeback Kid” of the 10th season of American Idol, Casey Abrams.  He would finish sixth and his career achieved modest success due to a Christmas classic of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with fellow American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart and would release a couple of albums and appear in a music video with Postmodern Jukebox.

Out of Idyllwild, California, Casey Abrams learned how to play several musical instruments at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and would become a music major at the University of Colorado in Boulder.  Despite suffering from ulcerative colitis, Abrams would finish 6th despite being hospitalized during the 10th season of American Idol.

While on American Idol, Abrams was known for his renditions of “I Put A Spell On You”, originally done by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and for his duet with Jack Black for the Queen classic “Fat Bottomed Girls”.   Despite finishing 6th, Abrams would perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on the Ellen Show.  Abrams would score a top 40 adult contemporary hit with Haley Reinhart for the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”.

In 2012, Abrams signed with Concord Music Group and released his self-titled debut album.  Randy Jackson of American Idol would produce the album and Jason Mraz, Rune Westberg, Martin Terefe, and Toby Gad would all be recruited as songwriters for Abrams’ self-titled debut album.  The album would produce the hit single “Get Out”, which would peak at #23 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts.  Check it out below.  The self-titled debut album would peak at #101 on the Billboard 200 charts.

Casey Abrams would release through crowdfunding efforts a follow-up EP entitled “Tales From The Gingerbread House”, and it would feature a pair of duets from Haley Reinhart.

MTC’s Reaction:  While I can appreciate the mix of indie-pop with bluegrass and a touch of r&b, I feel that Casey Abrams’ voice is an acquired taste.  It’s too bubblegum pop-like for me.  Casey does have talent and there’s no denying that, however it’s nothing that I haven’t heard before and there is a lot of Jack Johnson and Jason Mraz influence thrown into the mix.  It’s one of those things, it’s an acquired taste.  I will have to pass, with a 5 out of 10 star effort from Casey Abrams.


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