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Casey J Chapman is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, ukulele, piano, more!) from the Saratoga area of Upstate New York. Her music draws from a variety of influences from bluegrass to rock and can be characterized as alt-country or indie-folk. She was recently selected as a finalist in the Solarfest Singer/Songwriter showcase, which draws entries from across the US.
Casey has been playing music in the northeast since 2003 and performs solo as an acousic singer/songwriter and with the americana/roots duo The Chapmans. She has recently been collaborating with singer/songwriter/guitarist Maurizio at venues around the region.
Casey grew up in a house full of music and instruments, her dad in bluegrass, country and rock bands and her mom singing and playing piano when she thought no one was listening. Casey was singing as soon as she could talk and still remembers the first song she wrote about her car-seat (It was a country song.) It wasn't long before she was recording herself, forming bands with cousins and learning to play the piano.
Casey began performing original songs publicly in high school at local open mics and quickly caught the eyes and ears of established local musicians and venue owners. She switched her instrument focus to guitar (a lot easier to transport than a piano!) and found a supportive and influential community of like-minded artists at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs.
In 2005, Casey met percussionist Dave Shaver at an open mic in Troy, NY. They went on to form the regionally successful duo Almost Awake and performed over 500 shows from Vermont to North Carolina. The duo recorded three albums, received play on six radio stations and helped bring music to farmers markets across New York State, Vermont and Connecticut with their Farmers' Market tours. Casey and Dave's performances have been described as "mutual musical telepathy." Their sound, a blend of Casey's folk and country-influenced introspective songs, Dave's jazz sensibilities translated to a West-African hand drum, and knock-out harmonies, appealed to audiences of all ages and walks-of-life.
In 2011, the duo went their separate ways and Casey began playing solo as well as developing a project that had sat in the back of her mind for a lifetime: a country/gospel duo with father, Richard Chapman. The Chapmans play a mix of traditional gospel and older country including artists such as the Louvin Brothers and Gram Parsons and songs like "Satan's Jeweled Crown," "Sin City" and many of Casey's more country-flavored originals.
Highlights of Casey's musical journey so far include sharing bills with local-acts-gone-national such as Sean Rowe, Sirsy, The McKrells and the Sarah Peddinotti Band (now Railbird,) playing at events like Art On Lark and Hats off to Saratoga and being interviewed by Alan Chartock on WAMC's performance place. She recently performed a special show at Troy, NY's Ale House and was joined on a number of songs by often-collaborators Maurizio (guitar) and Richard D. Chapman (bass) as well as The Nellies front-woman and mandolinist, Peggy Lecuyer, dazzling guitarist Mike McMann renowned dobro-player Kevin Maul. Casey has also sung and played with Jeremy James, the Lost Radio Rounders, Mother Judge and The Ramblin' Jug Stompers.