Casey James was born on January 1, 1983 in Fort Worth, TX. As a child his family feared he would get brain damage after he reacted adversely to a vaccine he took: later they realized that he has musical talent, after they found him humming before being able to talk.
Similarly, he encountered a motorcycle accident when he was 21 and was told he can't play the guitar anymore. He proved them wrong, eventually using the guitar in most of his performances on the show. He also plays the mandolin.
He joined American Idol through auditions in Denver, when he was memorably asked by the judges to take off his shirt. He was eliminated during Top 3 week.
Top 24: "Heaven" - Bryan Adams
Top 20: "I Don't Wanna Be" - Gavin DeGraw
Top 16: "You'll Think Of Me" - Keith Urban
Top 12: "It's All Over Now" - Rolling Stones
Top 11: "The Power of Love" - Huey Lewis and the News
Top 10: "Hold On, I'm Comin'" - Sam and Dave
Top 9 Week 1: "Jealous Guy" - John Lennon
Top 9 Week 2: "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" - Lloyd Price
Top 7: "Don't Stop" - Fleetwood Mac (bottom three)
Top 6: "Don't!" - Shania Twain (bottom two)
Top 5: "Blue Skies" - Ben Selvin
Top 4 Solo: "Mrs. Robinson" - Simon & Garfunkel
Top 4 Duet: "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?" - Bryan Adams (with Michael Lynche)
Top 3 Contestant's Pick: "OK, It's Alright With Me" - Eric Hutchinson
Top 3 Judges' Pick: "Daughters" - John Mayer (eliminated)