American Idol star Casey McQuillen brought Saint Andrew’s School to its feet during her concert at Roberts Theater on Thursday, October 17, 2019. This American Idol Season 13 contestant brought her new gig to the home of the Scots on GLAAD Spirit Day. Casey is taking her anti-bullying ‘YOU MATTER’ Tour to schools across the country. As a
young artist with a growing fan base, Casey sees this tour as an opportunity to use the acclaim and platform she earned on “American Idol” to offer a positive influence to young people.
She founded the school anti-bullying concert series, which has been recognized by GLAAD, the
UN Foundation, and performed live for over 40,000 students across the United States.
In these interactive shows, Casey connects with students by sharing her personal experiences
dealing with body shaming and feeling like you don’t fit in - and at Saint Andrew’s School, the
power of her performance was as thrilling as it was authentic. “Casey connected with the audience with stories of her life as a middle school student and then demonstrated how her passion, songwriting, and performing helped her navigate the challenges that she faced. She also encouraged students to take risks and to follow their dreams,” offered Ann Haynes, Head of the Middle School.
Middle School students resoundingly agreed with Mrs. Haynes’ assessment of Casey’s
performance. “I love how her voice was amazing and also how empowering, inspiring, and
engaging her stories were,” said grade 7 student Jocelyn Villalba.
I liked her personal experiences, and her songs and how it all came from her heart,” said
Sophie Chew, grade 7 student.
“When Casey spoke, it felt like she was talking to each and every one of us,” added Sophie.
Casey’s visit to SA was unique and exciting because she feels like she connects with students at private schools on a personal level. “Having gone to an elite high school myself, I feel like I have unique perspectives coming to schools like Saint Andrew’s,” said Casey. She understands the hardships associated with being part of such a competitive atmosphere.
One thing Casey shared with the crowd quite candidly was her experience of failure on the American Idol stage. Her message was not one of regret or shame; rather, it was one of resiliency.
Sharing important issues affecting today’s youth such as pressures to fit in and succeed has been such a pleasure for Casey. She has impacted students in over 150 schools nationwide with her empowering messages. Casey also has shows in Europe forthcoming.
Casey’s career is taking off in a big way in 2019. She appeared on the nationwide talk program The Kelly Clarkson Show on Thursday, October 10.
She has also released three new singles this year: “Beautiful,” which had its world premiere on EXTRA, and “Dying,” which she debuted on Today in Nashville. Casey’s latest single, “Hold Me,” dropped on September 27.
A native of Boston, currently residing in New York City, Casey graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a double major in Songwriting and Music Business, before gaining international acclaim on Season 13 of American Idol. Casey has accumulated tens of thousands of followers on social media and millions of views and streams of her music online with her authentic, intimate and relatable songs.