Casey learned to play guitar and mandolin as a teen, but was rebellious. Casey was detained for drunk driving and spent time in prison. Casey continues to perform, sing and make music. Casey James started singing as a young lad, and learned to play the guitar and mandolin as a teen. James had a rash adolescence, and had several run ins with all the law, which led to charges of driving while intoxicated, driving with an invalid permit and dangerous driving. Consequently, the musician spent a bit more than three months in prison throughout 2001 and 2002.
A full time musician for the previous 10 years, James became the lead singer and guitarist of the Casey James group, which started performing in 2008. James came to the national limelight in 2010 after he made it onto the ninth season of the reality contest American Idol. James placed third overall in the contest.