Casey Stratton

Casey Stratton

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With the release of Casey Stratton's 6th studio album DIVIDE, we find the artist on a new path. The follow-up to the 2004 Sony Music release 'Standing at the Edge', DIVIDE finds Casey going a step further musically. His style is in tune with such artists as Sarah McLachlan, Coldplay, and Tori Amos.

Biography

With the release of Casey Stratton's 6th studio album DIVIDE we find Casey on a new path. There is a new found sense of purpose and focus driving the songs. From the album's opening track The Hardest Part to the first single Opaline to the closing I Promise Love we hear Casey contemplating his usual self explorations and relationships gone wrong. This time, however, Casey also explores the state of the world however chaotic it may be. "It was important to me not to have a soapbox kind of record. I wanted to comment on the conditions we are faced with in this world and how I have been affected being an American in this time, but I didn't want to be preachy. It's not about that. It's just reflection."

Formerly a Sony Music recording artist, Casey enjoyed critical acclaim with 2004’s Standing at the Edge. In 2005 the Junior Vasquez remixes of Casey’s tracks Blood and House of Jupiter climbed the Billboard Dance Club Chart in the US. House of Jupiter reached #1 in early 2005 and remained on the chart for more than 20 weeks. Casey left Sony in December of 2004 in order to pursue his own label venture. "I just didn't feel I could truly make the records I wanted to make in a major label environment. I wasn't happy there. There were too many compromises I wasn't comfortable making. So many artists claim they want to go indie when really they just got dropped. I wanted out. I couldn't wait. I asked to be let out of class early!" he chuckles. "Now I feel a sense of freedom I have been craving for 11 years." The twelve tracks that form DIVIDE show Casey moving into this new territory.

Casey Stratton has packed a lot of music into a relatively young life. With a father who played in a popular Michigan band, the singer, songwriter and musician remembers begging to sing as a child during the band's rehearsals. Violin lessons began at the age of 8, followed quickly by the cello at 10, the piano at 11, and the guitar at 16. The training was rigorous and disciplined, laying the foundation for a career in classical music. It was through the piano that Stratton discovered a passion writing songs and singing them. After graduating from Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy, with training in voice and composition, the budding artist left Michigan for Los Angeles. His Sony release Standing at the Edge along with Independent efforts and performances have already resulted in a cult following, and he has received glowing reviews in magazines like People and Billboard to name a few.

Stratton's influences are as diverse as his training. The pop influences register more immediately -- Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, Björk, Paula Cole and Joni Mitchell. Musically, though, Stratton also takes inspiration from various forms of the arts. Musically, he finds inspiration in classical composers: notably Debussy, Ravel, Copland and Barber. Lyrics draw on the example of the contemporary singer/songwriter tradition, as well as a wide range of literature, from T. S. Eliot to Joseph Campbell. In fact many of the tracks on DIVIDE were inspired by reading Joseph Campbell's body of work. "I enjoy the idea of myth; that we play these roles in our lives and that those roles and scenarios are engrained in our biology. I also enjoy the idea of the light and the shadow. This symbolism is found in every religion and we all relate and connect to it. As a songwriter I have always tried to connect with what is human, but also what we tend to hide from others. I think many of the people who relate to my music like the fact that I am saying the things you think at 5 am but are afraid to talk about openly. I made a decision way back that I would confront the hard stuff. Over the past few years I have delved into some philosophy and heavier reading, and that has definitely impacted this project." Casey says of DIVIDE.

Casey's live performances leave audiences breathless as they watch his intense emotional outpouring and commanding stage presence. He wasn't always comfortable in the role. "It took me a long time to be comfortable in my own skin when I sang my own songs," Casey Stratton recalls. "When I first started playing them live, my feet would shake on the pedals of the piano. I felt so transparent, like everyone knew what I was thinking and feeling. The courage to take the plunge came from my influences -- Tori Amos, Sarah McLachlan, Joni Mitchell. I thought, 'Well, they're doing it.' And the more I did it -- the more I forced myself to explore my own songs before an audience -- the more empowering it became. Between 16 and 20, I think I encountered my highest learning curve. The more I played, the easier it got for me. I discovered that singing my songs, about the things I have experienced, however painful, was healing. It brings me peace."

Lyrics

You Showed Me Again

Written By: Casey Stratton

Send me back, so much that I lack
To move you ahead
If it's all the same
I won't remain in limbo
You won't change, you must be insane
To think we can be friends
I feel so used
There's no excuse for you

Your love for sale
If I win, I fail
All your needs fulfilled
Wanted you until
The road made a bend
You showed me again
I trusted you then
But you showed me again

April showers brought me no flowers
A waste of all my time
I was blind to your disguise again

Acted like you wanted me
But it was a lie
You only sought one thing
But I still believed

Static Into Sound

Written By: Casey Stratton

It's been a trying night
I am so cold and weary
Called you up on the phone
Just knowing you're there
On the other end of the line
Might get me to the other side

Connected to you like never before
Losing my fear as I reach your shore
For so many years
I pretended I didn't need anyone
But I know that I need you now

Follow the North Star to you
We don't even need to speak
Lying beside you is enough for me
Just hearing the sound
Of Your Heartbeat can make
These trials melt away

I need you now

Lift me up when I'm down
What I had lost is found
Turn the static into sound

The Window Will Close

Written By: Casey Stratton

Maybe your saving grace
Will be yourself
You know better than anyone else
And I will try to bring support
If the wolves are hovering near
Your fragile heart
I'll do my part
And in time I know you'll learn
What you need to know
What you need to show everyone

The window will close
The horizon will show
What you already know
But still you will go
All the way back down
To the beginning and pound
On the first of these doors
There won't be any more

How many times can you play
This scenario out?
Too many for you to count
We always have to try
A thousand times
To get it right

Maybe this time you'll be fine
Get to the other side

Opaline

Written By: Casey Stratton

I was far too lost to discover
Six of one but none of the other
I slid myself toward the fire
But I’d never burn
I could see what happened before
I could see them closing the door
For years I let all the water
Fill up my lungs

I could hear the sound of your blood
Cascading down toward my flood
I slid myself into what would
Be my revenge
Underneath the memories of anger
Lay your cloak and dagger
You had a way of crashing
Right in to me

What happened was all your fault
Why would you deny it?

Opaline

In the depths a figure was hiding
All dressed in black and deciding
If she would come to devour
Our falsified life
You never wanted to be
What you claimed to foresee
For yourself so I sat waiting

What happened was all your fault
Why would you deny it?

Opaline

You could have tried a little harder
To fix this
But somehow you made me believe
That this was all we could be

Maybe For a Minute

Written By: Casey Stratton

Hurry up, then wait
I get caught in your haze
Two years after the fact
You landed right back here

We never found our way
But still I’m connected
Thought I’d pushed you away
But here you are again

This is the story you’ve made of me
This is an hourglass running 11:59

I thought maybe for a minute
You might want me back again
But then I was reminded
Of the way it was then
I thought maybe for a minute
I might want you back again
You looked right into me
Saw right through me

How many times can I weep
For what I’ve lost from you
Barely able to sleep
Surrounded by pain

This is the story you’ve made of me
This is an hourglass running 11:59

You know I don’t know the way
To find where my love is
I weave a twisted story
Of what I feel, of what is real
You know I adored you
And in a way I guess I always will
But we are far too fragile
To reconcile, to end the denial

Discography

CDs currently available:

Standing at the Edge - 2004 - Sony Odyssey
DIVIDE - 2005 - Sleeping Pill Music
DIVIDE (limited edition double disc) - 2005 - Sleeping Pill Music

The following are available digitally via www.caseystratton.com:

Driving to the Moon EP - 1995
The Giver and the Grave Digger - 1996
Lily Sleeps - 1997
Whirlwind Medusa - 1998
The Red Dust EP - 2005
A Thousand Faces EP - 2005
Complete Holiday Collection (taken from holiday CDs from 1996, 2001, 2002 and 2004)
Nearing the Edge: A B-Side Collection - 2004
DIVIDE - 2005
Live at the Intersection 1.21.06
Live in Chicago 3.18.06
The Sun in Burning - 2006

Set List

Casey's set lists revolve and are constantly different. Casey performs repertoire from all 6 of his albums plus tracks from his numerous EPs and B-sides.