Since the time Marty Casey shot to fame as a runner-up on hit CBS reality TV show Rockstar: INXS, his brand of rock ‘n roll has been ever-evolving. Former L.A. Guns bandmate Tracii Guns describes Marty as “a charismatic front man with a golden voice, incredible drive and impeccable songwriting skills,” Marty’s long and winding journey as a musician has led him to this moment: releasing his debut solo album, The Ground You Walk On, i n 2017.
Marty met two of his future bandmates while playing on a little league baseball team in their Chicago hometown at age eight. That band became the beloved Chicago rock group the Lovehammers. True to their Chicago roots, the band’s second EP was produced by legendary producer and Chicago native Steve Albini (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, the Pixies, & more). While on tour with the Lovehammers, Marty auditioned for and was ultimately asked to j oin Rockstar: INXS
Although the show’s top prize – a gig as front man for INXS – eluded him, the buzz Marty created as the runner-up on the 2005 reality show crescendoed to a full-on career of songwriting, touring, and recording when the Lovehammers were signed to Epic Records. He continued to blaze new trails with his powerfully electrifying performances: first, with the Lovehammers; then, as the lead singer of L.A. Guns, one of the hardest rocking and most notorious bands to come off the Sunset Strip; and now, i n 2017, as a solo artist.
In order to solidify his own sound, Marty worked with renowned producer Marti Frederiksen on his debut solo album. Marti — who has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Bon Jovi, and countless others — recorded with Marty at the historic Quadraphonic Sound Studios i n Nashville.
While ushering in a new era in his musical career, Marty’s upcoming release also subtly hints back to his rock ‘n roll reality show days. One track on the new album called “Anything You Want,” was created during the filming of Rockstar: INXS, and was written by Marti Frederiksen and INXS’ Andrew Farriss. Other co-writers on The Ground You Walk On include former American Idol judge and esteemed songwriter Kara DioGuardi, as well as country music hitmaker Gary Allen.
With The Ground You Walk On , Marty’s songs build on his rich musical journey and express his exuberance for life. Marty explains, “I had been playing with a band since I was a teenager. I wanted to spread my wings for a moment and record these songs that I had in my head for the last few years.” Marty goes on to express his sentiment that these songs are about the experiences of the past building us up to who we are today. Marty Casey’s solo album will released i n the spring of 2017.