Back on the grid after sometime away, Australian singer Casey Donovan has just released new music after 7 years off the scene. Her EP, Off the Grid & Somewhere in Between showcases a range of emotional and highly personal songs.
The 2004 Australian Idol winner has restarted her musical career after a long period of time away from producing her own songs. She has slowly but surely regained the spotlight this past year though, being crowned Queen Of The Jungle on the 2017 season of I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, along with appearing in a range of stage productions.
But in regards to her music Casey found that after constantly performing covers for people, she knew that she was capable of creating her own music and had to prove to herself that she could still do it.
She’s hoping that listeners get good storylines and messages from her songs. As she said, “music these days are losing storylines with most of them not having that anchor to what they really mean.”
While she can’t pick her favourite track as they all have a special place in her heart, Casey did say that she, “loves Lonely and the haunting sadness that it brings as well as Hear Me Now with the massive cinematic sound and voices.”
Casey’s EP was created using money raised by a crowdfunding site. She said that it was an interesting experience but very daunting asking people for help. “Because I’m a very independent person, I had to take a breath and go you’re not giving up, you’re just merely asking for help.”
“The crowdfunding process was very stressful because once it was getting closer I wasn’t sure if we were going to make it, but then on the last day it started to jump and luckily we got there,” Casey said.
Starring in theatre productions such as The Flowerchildren, The Sapphires and We Will Rock You, Casey said that she loves being on stage. “It’s a challenge for me, it takes me out of my comfort zone and I just enjoy it so much, it’s such a different anxiety.”
“I’ve taken something away from every character, I loved playing the Killer Queen in We Will Rock You. She was a great villain and she just had this gutsiness and this sexy and sassy image about her, at some points I was like, why can’t I be a little bit like this,” she said.
Looking over the past 12 years since her initial rise to stardom on Australian Idol, Casey said that if she could give her younger self a piece of advice it would be to just breathe and know that it’s all going to be okay.
While her advice to other creatives and women in general is to get out there and enjoy life and love what you do. “There are a lot of people out there that are going to tell you no and that’s when you turn around and you go, yes I can do this!”
By Emily Facoory