Transcendent reggae-pop sensation was America’s Got Talent runner-up.
Cas Haley ascended to international fame in 2007, performing and ultimately finishing as runner up on NBC's second season of America's Got Talent. The following year saw the release of Cas Haley, a self-titled, independent album which achieved extraordinary critical and commercial success, finishing 2008 as the #8 Billboard Top Selling Reggae Album. One track on the album is a cover-version of the Commodores song "Easy," and upon hearing Haley sing his classic hit, Lionel Richie stated, "He made it seem easy, and there's nothing easy about it." Since rising to prominence on the world stage, Haley has toured with and performed alongside such notables as UB40, Blues Traveler, Al Green, Los Lonely Boys, Martin Sexton, Soulive, Mofro, and Lucky Dube, to name a few.
From his early days with musician parents, surrounded by the sounds of blues, ‘60s-‘70s rock, and Bob Marley, through his immersion in ska/punk/skateboard culture and the classic reggae-pop of bands like UB40 and Sublime, Cas has never lost sight of music’s core message of communication among people and nations. ÂÂ He consistently delivers impassioned, transcendent live performances which have elevated him to the level of a rare, "can't miss" talent.
La Si Dah, Haley’s new album out May 2013 on Easy Star Records, was produced by Haley himself, with consultation by his good friend, the Grammy-winning producer/engineer Rob Fraboni. Best known for his work with Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Wayne Shorter, and Melissa Etheridge, Fraboni did the original CD remastering of Bob Marley’s entire catalog in 1989, so he’s reggae royalty himself. “I was immediately taken with Cas as a person,” Fraboni says. “Then I heard him sing! Lord, what a voice, and better yet, an ability to use that voice to really move the listener. I was immediately smitten.”
From the straight-up reggae of songs like “Mama,” “Slow Down,” and “Crazy Good Woman” to soulful balladry (“Let Her Go”) and funky-jump blues (a smoking cover of the classic “I’ve Got My Mojo Working”), and three instrumentals, including the jazzy “Trash Day,” the Meters-meets-reggae of “Jackson,” and the Surf-inflected “Capricorn,” La Si Dah is a true crowd pleaser. ÂÂ Haley is excited to be teaming with his band members to perform songs from the La Si Dah album as well as other hits from his songbook. It’s all about giving his all to spread the joy of music – because no one should live in an isolation booth.
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