Cassie Joy has been singing in public since the age of five. Her first performance was as a talent in a local talent show in her hometown near Kansas City, Missouri. Not being from a musical family, her parents are a bit confused by her desire to become a singer.
But like most people, even if they weren’t artists, they liked music and had a tape of the band Alabama, and on the other side was a karaoke version of their song “Angels Among Us.”
This was Joy’s first experience with an instrumental song that she could perform.
She recalls: “I was obsessed with the song and asked my parents to enter the talent show.”
From that point on, her mother began booking her shows around the Midwest, including on the country circuit. After years of performing country classics by artists such as Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette and Tanya Tucker, she was noticed and signed to Radio Disney at the age of 14.
Honestly, after hundreds of interviews and years of experience, no one I’ve ever met sings Patsy Cline better than Casi Joy. Her covers of “Crazy” and “She’s Got You” are not to be missed.
When I told her this, she replied, “I credit my mother for making me learn all the classics when I was younger. It is rooted in my soul.”
As she got older, Joy tried out for various music competitions, but never made it.
And while she initially resisted, her mother told her, “You should yodel.”
Joy finally relented and in 2017 she sang Patsy Cline’s “Blue” on NBC The voice and got a turn with four chairs. And even though she didn’t win, being on the show on Blake’s team was the catalyst she needed to move the needle.
Besides being musically gifted, Joy is also athletic. Initially, she had no intention of attending college. Her goal has always been to move to Nashville to start her music career in earnest. But when she was offered a four-year scholarship to attend Park University to run track, she jumped at the chance before her meteoric rise to stardom. The voice.
She continued to pursue music while earning a degree in early childhood education.
After graduating from college, she and her husband Brian Lankford decided to move to Nashville on New Year’s Eve 2014.
“Let’s do the damn thing,” she decided.
It wasn’t long before she was hired to try out The voice.
Apart from being a stellar singer, Joy is also a talented songwriter. She recalled writing her first song in third grade for a friend who had moved away. In college she was in a rock band and also wrote a lot of their music.
After moving to Nashville, she wrote with others, which she admits was “an opportunity for growth.”
She advised: “It’s great to be in the room with other great writers who lift me up and inspire me and help me say things I haven’t been able to say yet. I’ve been writing a lot more since I moved to Nashville.”
After The voice, Joy and her husband toured a lot until COVID shut everything down. Earlier they had sold their house and bought a tour bus. However, they took advantage of the obstacle and made an opportunity. They took their bus to campsites where Joy could perform outdoor concerts as they still maintained the necessary social distancing.
“I am extremely grateful that we were able to find a new opportunity to still be able to spread joy and sing music. I think we’ve come out on top for 2020. Making music is so important to people’s mental health,” she informed.
To date, Joy’s most popular self-composed song on Spotify is an energetic, bouncy tune called “The Money.” With words like It’s not about the money unless you just have it allit’s a feeling many can relate to.
And on the song “Namaste,” Joy’s true country roots shine through as she humorously declares, “Namaste right here drinking this beer.”
From her time The voice, she has shared the stage with Maren Morris, Keith Urban, Carly Pierce, Dustin Lynch, LOCASH and other chart-topping artists. She has previously been featured by Rolling Stone, People, CMT and more.
Joy is currently working on a new album. The first single she just released off the record is one of her more personal and serious songs and it’s called, “Under the hood.”
She came to writing with the thought of a battered old car that still ran well. She explained: “You know when you have your first car, when you’re 16 and the tank is empty and the lights have been on for a few days. But you still know you can make it to the store a few more times because you’ve got a few more miles in the tank. I feel like a lot of people have felt that way for the last three years, running on fumes and hope.
“Under the Hood” was the inspiration for the upcoming album.
“It’s been a crazy workload in the studio to write all these songs and I can’t wait to release them,” she exclaimed.
With the record almost complete, Cassie Joy will soon be back on the road doing what she does best, singing in her sassy, soulful way that will ultimately make people smile.
You can follow Joy on her website, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, YouTube and all streaming platforms.
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Bethany Bowman is a freelance entertainment writer. You can follow her blog, Instagramand Twitter