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Art & Life with Casey Breves

Today we’d like to introduce you to Casey Breves.

Casey, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I grew up in a very musical household in New York City- my dad is a pianist and music director and my mom is a writer (and my little brother plays bass!). There was singing and piano playing in my house almost constantly when I was a kid, and I think that definitely set the groundwork for a career in music.

I did musical theater and choir in high school and sang with the a cappella groups the Whiffenpoofs and the Duke’s Men at Yale, which is how I met my husband (and most frequent musical collaborator and writing partner) Sam. After a few years of singing with the Grammy Award-winning men’s ensemble Chanticleer in San Francisco after college, I moved back to NY and then, here to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a solo artist and a songwriter. I absolutely love being here in LA and getting to make music and share it with people around the world.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Singing has always been at the center of my life and is something I’ve always known I loved. Songwriting came a little later to me but has completely enriched my experience of making music – getting to write my own music and having it mean something to people is an incredible honor that I am so grateful for. Sometimes writing songs can be this amazing process of taking a tiny jewel of a feeling somewhere inside and coaxing into life, and sometimes it’s more methodical work than inspiration, but I always enjoy the process. My main goal (and joy) in writing a song is to convey an emotional experience straight to someone’s ears (and heart), and try to bring some comfort, thrill, magic, etc. into the listener’s psychological space!

What responsibility, if any, do you think artists have to use their art to help alleviate problems faced by others? Has your art been affected by issues you’ve concerned about?
I think art has many social functions, but the role of the artist is to inspire, comfort, challenge, entertain, and move people across the superficial distinctions that divide us. I think generally the world of my songwriting is pretty personal and intimate- but global issues, of course, affect my modes of thinking and my emotions. I think the sometimes bleak political landscape makes me want to focus on the ideas of compassion, connection, and personal reflection – some things it feels like we’re missing in the national discussion right now.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can listen to a lot of my original songs on Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Mbw0q0VWmUbNrqqmQrSN0
and check out the music videos on my Youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/caseybrevesmusic

I’ve also got some covers, duets, and fun mashups there as well!

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Image Credit:
Samuel Tsui

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