Last time we checked, Casey made it all the way to the semi finals of the surprise NBC TV hit "The Voice."
In case you missed it, the show was a singing competition where the competitors were grouped into "teams" and mentored by one of the shows four celebrity panelists. Casey was tutored by Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Unfortunately for her, the eventual champion, Javier Colon, was in her group, so she missed out on the final four.
The good news for music fans is that the entire final eight are on tour, and will be at the Rosemont Theater on Tuesday, August 2nd. Casey will also be making an appearance on ABC's "Windy City Live" at 9 AM on Monday, where my friend Ryan Chaiverini is a co-host.
Weston was kind enough to answer a few questions to give us an inside peak at her experiences with the show and being on tour.
(disclaimer: Casey's father was a grade school pal of mine, but also he deserves thanks for making this interview possible.)
1. How did you get onto "The Voice?"
My Mom and I were visiting a friend in Miami and a vocal coach of mine said there were auditions for a new show and if we were interested to check out where the auditions were. Well, that weekend there were auditions for “The Voice” in Miami, Fl. My Mom and I thought perfect! I wanted to audition because I had never auditioned for anything musical really before in my life so I figured this would be the first “door slammed in the face moment,” because I had been told so many times that you’ll get a thousand “no’s” on your journey to become an artist and not too many “yes’.” The audition went very well as we can all see now, and I went on to have one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
2. How did you handle all the time away from home?
I’m a very independent 18 year old I guess because the time away from home wasn’t too shocking. It was the very first time I left home alone for a long period of time. (Almost three months all together.” I think because I was so busy and engrossed in the show, it wasn’t hard to focus at what was at hand. The only time I was really kind of home sick was when I missed a cruise with my best friends during spring break. We had been planning it for months and were so excited and then I saw all the pictures on the computer when they got home and I had missed it all. It’s pretty hard to see that, but I have always sacrificed things for my career in music, and I’m happy to do so!
3. What was it like being on the show?
Being on “The Voice” was an amazing experience. I can’t believe I’ve actually made it as far as the Top 8, but I’m so thankful and blessed to have. It’s awesome to be able to hang out with the artists and be surrounded by music all the time.
4. How was it working with stars like Adam Levine?
Working with Adam Levine was great. He’s a genuine, down to earth, and real person. I enjoyed my time with him, whether we were goofing around, or disagreeing on the arrangement of a song, it all came together to make me a more confident and strong willed artist, and I’m grateful to him for that.
5. Who were some of the other stars you got to meet?
Through out my time with the show there were plenty of people who are really well known with the public that were around. Friends of Adam, Blake, Cee Lo, or Christina were always around, and there were always famous people in the audience who just enjoyed the show and wanted to come watch a taping.
6. What can we expect to see in the show on Tuesday?
You can expect to see the whole Top 8 of course in the show on Tuesday! We have a fun, high energy show planned. The Top 8 is much more involved then during the tour then the actual t.v. show, since none of us are “competing” anymore, you can finally see how close we have all become throughout this process.
7. What happens after the tour wraps?
Everyone from the Top 8 has their plans and paths for when the final show wraps up on “The Voice” tour, but me personally... It’s still all about the music. I can’t wait to keep doing shows and getting new music out there and touring to meet all the fans I haven’t gotten a chance to meet on this tour. I’ll be moving to Nashville and I know everyone will be seeing a lot more of me, even after “The Voice” wraps.
Best of luck to Casey and everyone should check out her music.