EXCLUSIVE: Casey Bishop Talks Debut Self-Titled EP

Featured Photo Credit: Xavier Luggage

Whether you’re a fan of Mötley Crüe, Fleetwood Mac, or Billie Eilish, you’ll want to add rising artist Casey Bishop to the rotation. 

Her unexpected sonic blend of alt-pop, rock, and blues first caught the attention of the judges on Season 19 of ABC’s American Idol. Now the powerhouse vocalist is continuing to impress on her debut self-titled EP, produced by Chris Greatti (Yungblud, Poppy). 

We chatted with Casey about he EP, writing with Willow, a tour, and more!

Congrats on the release of your EP? What was the writing process like?
The writing process was awesome. I live in Florida so I flew to LA for five writing trips over the year to work with my producer, Chris Greatti. We would stay close to his studio, and I’d go to his place every day to write. Sometimes we had co-writers and sometimes it was just us two. It was incredible, and since it covered the span of a year, it felt like we were writing each song at different times of my life. In between those trips I’d occasionally do a Zoom session which is where “Blurry Vision” came from. Now, looking back, the EP is honestly like a diary. It’s always super inspiring writing and working with Chris, I’ve learned so much.

Two of the songs on the EP,  “Don’t Talk!” and “Bad Dream,” were co-written with Willow Smith. How did you two get connected and what was it like collaborating? 
Willow and I had written with each other previously, and she and Chris started to work together. One day we all just jumped into a session together and made the music. Working with her is so inspiring, she is truly amazing!

You asked fans on Instagram for their favorite “Blurry Vision” lyrics. Do you have a favorite lyric from that song or another song from the EP? If so, why?
My favorite lyric from “Blurry Vision” is either “eyes running like a river” or “when I was young and undisturbed”.

Do you have a favorite memory from writing the EP?
We always joke about the day we all first met and wrote together. It was my first co-write and I literally had no idea what was going on or what a writing session even was. I was completely clueless and soooo shy. It was me, Chris Greatti, Brasko, Hunter Metts and Phem and that day we ended up writing one of my favorite songs on the EP, “Kerosene.”

If you could set fans up in the perfect environment to listen to the EP, what do you imagine it looking like?
Hmmm, I honestly think about either driving or going to the beach, for some reason. It’s probably because those are my favorite places to be! Haha!

What can fans look forward to next?
More music!!! And, in the future, we’ll be getting some tour dates on the books too!

What is one quote that you have heard or that you go by that you want to ECHO out to the world? There are two Rick Rubin quotes I think about all the time “Create an environment where you are free to express what you’re afraid to express” and “Having a sound or vision in your head is a limitation if you’re attached to it.”