James Casto

James Casto

 Atlanta, Georgia, USA
BandPopSinger/Songwriter

From Nashville's Bluebird Cafe to the clubs of New York City to the airwaves across the globe, James Casto’s percussive-piano-pop, keyboards and soulful pop vocals have created a loyal following of fans. Five solo projects, multiple songwriting cuts, and member of the Nashville Songwriters Tour.

Biography

James Casto is a singer-songwriter with a “voice that is so mesmerizing” (CD Babel) that Devin Grant of the Charleston Post and Courier reported “after seeing him perform I am a fan” and Fran Snyder, Founder of Concertsinyourhome.com, wrote his collection of songs “will reach anyone with a human heart…and his music is “a gift you will treasure for years to come.” This gift consists of 5 solos CD’s, each with six songs, and many more works published through Home By Dark Productions.

James started songwriting in high-school when he discovered an old and dusty, out-of-tune, piano in his parent’s basement near Atlanta, Georgia. After high-school, James dabbled in a music career, but soon went to college, got an MBA and settled into the corporate world where he achieved success as a businessman. But shelving his songwriting soul never sat well with James and the day arrived when his choices were rattled by a major event that forced him to face his fears.

James vividly remembers the day that he decided to leave his lucrative corporate job to fully pursue music. That day was 9-11. Like so many Americans, James had an epiphany. In his song titled Courageous”, James tells a universal story about choices. “Every morning we wake up with two choices. We can choose to be afraid or be courageous. The difference is a life that makes a difference. So go ahead if you dare, face your fear, and be courageous.” And that’s what James did. He faced his fears, left his job, and took a giant leap of courageous faith to become a singer-songwriter.

Never looking back, James quickly became a mainstay in the Nashville songwriting scene. Recognizing that the best way to share his music was through live performance, James started playing regularly at the Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner, and other venues around Music City. Today, James plays over 200 shows a year from Nashville to New York, Charleston to Chicago, and many cities in between.

James Casto has been a 3-time award winner in the prestigious Nashville Songwriters Association Songwriting Contest. His first major songwriting cut “Peace On Earth” was recorded by platinum selling artist Lila McCann. In addition to cuts by numerous independent artists, Casto has written music for Mazda, Kroger, Macy’s, Mercy Ships International, and many others.

James is also the founder of the Nashville Songwriters Tour. The tour consists of James, Sabrina Murdaugh, Joe West, and JP Williams who perform “in the round style” which creates an exciting and intimate show. James’s Nashville Songwriter’s Tour has played to standing room only shows in Atlanta, Chicago, Charleston, Nashville and beyond. The writers have shared stages with Charlie Daniels, Bruce Hornsby, Jo Dee Messina, David Wilcox, Randy Travis, T Graham Brown, Ricky Skaggs. The foursome have released three CDs.

And if that wasn't enough. James is the creator of the popular Home by Dark / Chukkar Farm Concert Series. The outdoor series consistently sells out as James performs with two additional writers for each show. Guest writers have included Pat Terry, Billy Montana, Victoria Banks, Marcia Ramirez, and many, many more. Concert attendees rent tables and watch the shows on an incredible 170 acre farm in the equestrian sector of Alpharetta, GA. The Series is now entering it's 6th year in 2012.

The story of James Casto is about taking a chance, a leap of faith to pursue a passion. Casto sums up his new life, the lessons he has learned, and the hope that resonates with fans around the globe in his song "Two Inches Deep"... TODAY I'M TAKING BACK MY LIFE, LETTING GO OF THINGS I CANNOT KEEP, ‘CAUSE TODAY I LOOKED UP AND REALIZED I'VE BEEN DROWNING IN WATER TWO INCHES DEEP.

RECENT PERFORMANCE VENUES

· Bluebird Café – Nashville, TN
· Douglas Corner Café – Nashville, TN
· The Rudyard Kipling – Louisville, KY
· Uncommon Ground – Chicago, IL
· Kavehaz – New York, NY
· Georgia Tech – Atlanta, GA
· Buisson Arts Center (Music Hall) – Dahlonega, GA
· Moonlight Music Café – Birmingham, AL
· Swallow at the Hollow – Roswell, GA
· University of Notre Dame – South Bend, Indiana
· Village Playhouse – Mount Pleasant, SC
· Ocean Song Café – Isle of Palms, SC
· Chattanooga Market – Chattanooga, TN
· Smiths Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
· Atlanta Dogwood Festival – Decatur, GA
· Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, GA
· Thompson Park Amphitheater – East Liverpool, OH
· Alpharetta Arts Street Festival – Alpharetta, GA
· Von Braun Center – Huntsville, AL
· Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Alpharetta, GA
· Atlanta Peach Drop – New Year’s Eve – Atlanta, GA

Lyrics

Inside

Written By: James Casto

inside by james casto

Hang on Mary we’ll be fine
Once this storm passes by
Hold my hand if you get scared
I’m not going anywhere

Hear the thunder, let’s pretend
The angels bowl in heaven
If the wind starts to get loud
You and I will sing and shout

Hallelujah, we’re all right
Hallelujah, come morning light
Hallelujah, we’re all right
Inside

Mary you don’t have to sleep
Just close your eyes a while and dream
Or we can watch a lightning show
And never have to leave our home

Hallelujah, we’re all right
Hallelujah, come morning light
Hallelujah, we’re all right
Inside

Inside we are warm and dry
Inside there is no rain
Inside we can watch the world go by
Inside we are safe, we are safe

Hallelujah, we’re all right
Hallelujah, come morning light
Hallelujah, we’re all right
Inside

Hang on Mary we’ll be fine
Once this storm passes by
Hold my hand if you get scared
I’m not going anywhere
I’m not going anywhere
I’m not going anywhere

Courageous

Written By: james casto

courageous by james casto

I passed her in the hallways on most days back in 9th grade
I wanted to be her romantic advisor, at least let her know my name
But I never even tried, it took me way too long to realize

Every morning we wake up with two choices
We can choose to be afraid or be courageous
The difference is a life that makes a difference
So go ahead if you dare, face your fear
And be courageous

Danny’s driving a city bus, working his forty plus, doing the things he must
He’s dreaming of college, soaking up knowledge and changing the obvious
Well Danny’s 64 today, tomorrow he becomes a freshman at state

Every morning we wake up with two choices
We can choose to be afraid or be courageous
The difference is a life that makes a difference
So go ahead if you dare, face your fear
And be courageous

What would you do if you knew you would not fail?
What would you do if you knew you would not fail?
I said what would you do if you knew you would not fail?

Every morning we wake up with two choices
We can choose to be afraid or be courageous
The difference is a life that makes a difference
So go ahead if you dare, face your fear
And be courageous

Perfect Day

Written By: james casto

perfect day by james casto

Partly cloudy skies, a good chance of snow
An early morning run, no TV and no telephone
Dinner with an ideal view, directly across from you
Gently I then take your hand, we fall asleep at home again
I submit to you, my perfect day

Sunny, warm and dry, you prefer the beach in June
An umbrella and two chairs to read away the afternoon
Waiting for the stars to appear, pretending it’s a world premier
Leaning back in my arms, your favorite dream won’t be too far away
You submit to me your perfect day

Everything I really want girl in this life
Is everything I already have right before my eyes

The best is still ahead, baby look where love has led us
Darling my perfect day, is always with you baby
I am living now my perfect day
I am living now my perfect day
Cause baby you are, my perfect day

Good Days

Written By: james casto

good days by james casto

We’ve been through thick and thin and thin again
Just when I thought we’d break baby we just bend
Too many dark clouds hanging around
Creating all these shadows of doubt

I know right now it’s raining, but sunshine lies in waiting

If we don’t lose our minds
In all of these bad times
I know we’ll be alright
When the good days, when the good days find their way back home

The last resort has reserved our room
Throw in the towel is all we got to do
I say we stay right where we are
Wait a little longer on these dreams of ours

We’ll laugh our tears away, and under our breath we will pray

If we don’t lose our minds
In all of these bad times
I know we’ll be alright
When the good days, when the good days find their way back home

Let’s leave the light on just in case
The days of blessing lost their way

I know right now it’s raining, but sunshine lies in waiting
We’ll laugh our tears away, and under our breath we will pray

If we don’t lose our minds
In all of these bad times
I know we’ll be alright

If we don’t lose our minds
In all of these bad times
I know we’ll be alright, baby, we’ll be alright, baby we’ll be alright
When the good days, find their way back home

Good Day To Get Lost

Written By: james casto

good day to get lost by james casto

The sun is high above me my windows are rolled down
I’m somewhere near the coast of Georgia in a one horse, one light town
I don’t know when I left my driveway, or when I’ll get back Home
But all these unfamiliar streets they sure feel good to my soul

I probably should have brought a map, Cause I have no idea where I’m at

I’m driving 65 with a pocket full of cash and I am closer now to hope I’m hoping to find
I’m making real good time to leave my worries behind
And I don’t care what peace of mind might cost
It’s a real good day to get lost

The years I see in back of me outnumber those ahead
I’m nowhere near the life I dreamed but my dreaming isn’t quite done yet
There’s no doubt I will soon return to the places and faces I know
But today I am Columbus in a Buick and I’ve got some asphalt to row

And now my only certainty, is not knowing my proximity

I’m driving 65 with a pocket full of cash and I am closer now to hope I’m hoping to find
I’m making real good time to leave my worries behind
And I don’t care what peace of mind might cost
It’s a real good day to get lost

Father McGee ran right in front of me I swerved and drove into a ditch
He said, “Son are you hurt? Cause I’m on my way to church.
I can bring you back whatever you wish.”
I said “father I’m fine, but if you don’t mind I’ll walk a short while with you.”
And we talked about Jesus, forgiveness and reasons there’s only one north that is true

I’m walking down 65 with a pocket full of cash and I am closer now to hope I’m hoping to find
I’m making real good time to leave my worries behind
And I don’t care what peace of mind might cost
It’s a real good day
It’s a real good day
It’s a real good day to get lost

Ending Vamp

Save the World

Written By: james casto

save the world by james casto

Sixteen years old and I was wanting to know how I could save the world
Working and working so hard while ignoring my own backyard
Days turned to years and my pride turned to fears I could not hear the cry of a child
But loved rescued me through the blindness I see how compassion renews the soul

Save the world by lifting your brother
Save the world by lending an ear
Save the world by getting on your knees
You can save the world with me

A dying old man sits alone in his chair remembering days gone by
His eyes fill with tears as he’s regretting the years and how he let his compassion run dry
A little bit weaker but a little bit wiser he knows he can’t go back to the start
But the child in him cries for a love he can die for a love he knows will rescue his heart

Save the world by lifting your brother
Save the world by lending an ear
Save the world by getting on your knees
You can save the world with me

This world can tear you apart with pain and ache from beginning to start
But there is a hope there is a light to save

Save the world by lifting your brother
Save the world by lending an ear
Save the world by getting on your knees
You can save the world with me

Invitation

Written By: James Casto and Cheryl Rogers

invitation by james casto and cheryl rogers

I am requesting the honor of your presence at a one time special event
The date and the place are subject to change, but the guest list is already set
Please RSVP me as soon as you can, I’ll be waiting for you to arrive
This is an invitation to join me for the rest of my life

Nothing’s required, just bring along your passion, your beauty, your charm and your smile
Any need you foresee will be covered by me, so plan on staying a while
Directions are easy, just follow your heart, I promise there won’t be a line
This is an invitation to join me for the rest of my life

Don’t buy a new dress just for me
You like fine in your t-shirt and jeans
Just come as you are and dance in my arms
And don’t ever leave

I am expecting my prayers to be answered and the woman I love to reply
This is an invitation to join me for the rest of my life
This is your invitation please join me for the rest of my life

Grateful

Written By: James Casto

grateful by james casto

I’m grateful to play my piano and sing these songs from my heart
I’m grateful to all you fine people for letting me be a part of your lives… la da da da da

And I hope that I’ll see you again real soon
But if it’s our last time on earth to meet
May the gold on the roads of heaven feel good on the soles of our feet

I’m grateful to mother and father and for the love of my wife
I’m grateful to live in this country where soldiers are willing to die for us… la da da da da

And I hope that I’ll see you again real soon
But if it’s our last time on earth to meet
May the gold on the roads of heaven feel good on the souls of our feet
May the gold on the roads of heaven feel good on the souls of our feet

I’m grateful that I have a savior and that He knows me by name
I’m grateful that heaven is closer than it was yesterday… la da da da da

And I hope that I’ll see you again real soon
But if it’s our last time on earth to meet
May the gold on the roads of heaven feel good on the souls of our feet

And I hope that I’ll see you again real soon
But if it’s our last time on earth to meet
May the gold on the roads of heaven feel good on the souls of our feet
May the gold on the roads of heaven feel good on the souls of our feet

Discography

Music Credits:
·“Peace On Earth” recorded by country artist Lila McCann – writer/producer
· “Mercy’s On It’s Way” recorded by gospel artist Calvin Nowell - writer
· NHW Songwriters Tour – “Three Men and a Diva” – writer/producer/performer
· NHW Songwriters Tour – “Underdog” – writer/producer/performer
· NHW Songwriters Tour – “Courageous” – writer/producer/performer
· James Casto (solo CD) – “Vol 1”
· James Casto (solo CD) – “Vol 3”
· Carole Ford – “Five” - producer
· Paul and Anna Joseph – “Cries of the Heart” – executive producer
· John Allison –‘Beyond All Love” - writer
· Five Little Monkeys – writer/performer
· Timberman Triathlon CD (compilation) – writer/performer
· Sounds From the Southside 2 (compilation) – writer/performer

Various radio airplay around the country.

Tracks available through i-tunes.

Set List

Most performances are original music only.

One (2) hour set or two (1) hour sets.

For cover gigs, a mix of motown, pop-country, adult contemp, standards.