Josh Krajcik, Casey Abrams

Josh Krajcik

A soulful singer with a huge, often gravelly voice, Josh Krajcik is best known as the runner-up on season one of Fox's reality singing competition The X Factor in 2011.

When he was just 16-years-old, Josh Krajcik schemed his way onto the stage of a bar near his hometown of Wooster, Ohio. Earning $100 for his four-hour debut gig, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist decided that night to devote his life to making music. Over the next 14 years, Krajcik fronted a host of musical projects and eventually founded the Josh Krajcik Band, a three-piece blues-rock outfit that toured with the likes of Corinne Bailey Rae and The Fray and appeared on the Bonnaroo Music Festival's 2006 lineup. But by 2011 Krajcik was fighting to sustain his music career, and ended up taking a job at a burrito joint to make ends meet. On a whim, Krajcik then auditioned for The X Factor USA—and soon found himself wowing audiences with his gravelly-rich voice and stirring delivery on the show's premiere season. Now, Krajcik is set to release his full-length album Blindly, Lonely, Lovely that pair his powerful vocals with intensely passionate, soul-infused songwriting.

"More than anything, I wanted this music to be honest," says Krajcik of his debut releases. Instinct has also played a key role in guiding Krajcik through the ups and downs of his early career. "Over the years I definitely had a few of those moments where you're doubting yourself and you wonder, "Should I just give it all up?'" Krajcik admits. "But at the same, I really don't know what else I could have tried to be." So while holding to the promise he made himself at sixteen yielded its share of struggle, Krajcik asserts that those tough times have more than paid off. "The day after I finished the sessions for 'Nothing' and 'Don't Make Me Hopeful,' I was walking around Hammersmith, just sort smiling to myself and thinking about the songs and my music in general," he recalls. "After a while I looked up and realized I didn't know where I was. I'd gotten so caught up in thinking about where I was now—compared to just about a year before, when I was jumping from couch to couch and making burritos to pay rent—that I'd ended up completely lost in the middle of London. It was a great moment." Still, Krajcik asserts that his ultimate goal is to continue expanding his sound and delving more deeply into his songwriting. "The most important thing for me is to just keep on pushing myself as a singer and songwriter and musician," says Krajcik, "since I know that this is what I'm going to be doing forever."

Casey Abrams

Casey Abrams was born in Austin, Texas on February 12, 1991 to Pam Pierce and Ira Abrams. Casey spent the first several years of his life in the Chicago, Ill. area before moving to Idyllwild, Ca. in the fifth grade when his father, who holds a Ph.D from Harvard in Social Relations/Social Anthropology, joined the faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy to teach in the school's moving picture department. Located in the San Jacinto Mounatins of Southern California, the Idyllwild Arts Academy is a boarding high school in which students can major in music, dance, theatre, visual arts, creative writing, moving pictures or interdisciplinary arts.

Casey Abrams would go on to attend Idyllwild himself where he was mainly known as a jazz musician who played several instruments including the bass and piano. Casey's bass instructor at Idyllwild was acclaimed jazz professor Marshall Hawkins who once toured the United States with the Miles Davis Quintet. In addition to Hawkins, Casey's list of musical influences include Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles and James Taylor.

After graduating from Idyllwild in 2009, Casey Abrams moved on to the University of Colorado at Boulder where he continued his studies as a music major.

In 2010, at the American Idol tryouts in Austin, TX. Casey Abrams wowed the judges with his powerful rendition of Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor" and he was unanimously selected for the coveted trip to Hollywood.

In Hollywood, Casey first displayed his skills on the bass by performing a very unique and jaw-dropping version of "Georgia on My Mind," that brought raves from the judges, fellow contestants and viewers from all over the country.

Casey Abrams was eventually eliminated from the American Idol competition on April 28, 2011, finishing in sixth place.

On January 8, 2012 Abrams signed with Concord Music Group , the same record company that also is the home to music legend Paul McCartney.

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