Renowned vocalist and bassist, Casey Abrams, released his new album, Put A Spell on You, on March 16, 2018 on Chesky Records. Listeners will recognize the artist’s feverish energy, playful vocals and unique creativity as a songwriter on this album. Listeners are also spoiled with originals like “Let’s Make Out,” “Robot Lovers,” “Cougartown,” “Georgia on My Mind,” as well as his unique take on “I Put A Spell on You”.
Casey Abrams became an overnight sensation in January 2011 when he was selected as contestant on American Idol with his version of Ray Charles’ “I Don’t Need No Doctor”. He eventually came in sixth place winning over viewers as well as the judges with is warm, captivating style and his diverse song choice, ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to Nirvana. Born in 1991 in Austin, Texas, Casey became a student at Idyllwild, California where he studied both jazz and classical music, placing focus on the double bass and piano. He made his recording debut in when he collaborated with Haley Reinhart on a duet version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. Concord Music Group announced signing with the artist in 2012 and his debut album was released in June, that same year.
Abrams journeyed to a decommissioned church in Brooklyn last Fall to record the track, “I Put A Spell on You”. During a two-day marathon session, joined by the members of his trio, they recorded the track with a single microphone lending spacious, lush and multi-dimensional elements to it. Abrams stated, “There was a natural reverb that you can’t get digitally. We recorded using this mannequin with microphones in it. You’re singing to this thing like an audience member and getting real stereoscopic sound. As time progressed, my sound has gotten more live and dirty. It’s more like you’re sitting in my living room now. It’s very spontaneous and rugged. That’s the beauty of this.”
When Abrams is not focusing
on his own music, he spends time with the renowned collective Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox and his own nine-piece “funk orchestra”.
By combining originals, we have never heard before with nostalgic classics, Abrams put a spell on his audience with his new album.