McQuillen began her musical journey teaching herself to play guitar and writing her first song as a way to fulfill a 7th grade school assignment. This initial achievement sparked what would become a wildfire growth of her music career, where she composed songs almost daily and posted live performance videos of herself, amassing over 1 million YouTube views, all while in high school. She also self-produced, arranged, wrote and performed her first two albums before going on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
During her time at Berklee, she continued to write and record more songs, and she co-arranged the tracks that would become her upcoming Beautiful EP. McQuillen then jumped into the national spotlight when she competed and earned a spot on American Idol’s Season 13. Throughout her time at Berklee, she created anti-bullying concert series called The “You Matter” Tour and performed the show in over 100 middle and high schools throughout the New England region. During the concerts, using her original songs and life stories, McQuillen teaches young students about anti-bullying, building self-confidence, and the benefit of taking risks and pursuing your dreams.
Today, Casey McQuillen emerges as a stronger young woman with a decade of music industry cred behind her. Examiner says, “Her songs speak of young love, heartbreak, and personal struggle that reflect what we all share: joy and pain.” Check out “Beautiful,” the title track from this budding star’s new EP, available now on iTunes andSpotify!