Casey Beathard graduated in 1984 from Oakton High School, Vienna, Virginia, where he was a football star. He moved to Nashville to become a recording artist. After all, even though he played football at Elon (NC) University
, music had always been his passion.
“Since I was 8 or 9 years old, I’ve loved music,” he said, “and it wouldn’t go away. My mom was very influential in my music. She played the piano and sang at Christmas and around the house, her side of the family would get together and we’d sing.”
After college he took a job as a landscaper, but hoped there was more out there for him. At night he would play his songs at different clubs, but didn’t realize “I could make a living at that.” He was soon told he needed to move to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. “When my lease was up, I loaded everything up and came here, I had never been here before.” His first two jobs when he arrived set the course for his future success. While working at the Country Music Hall of Fame Casey says that “One of
them tuned me onto a job at the Bluebird. I was around the history and great songwriters every day.”
He worked in the kitchen and as a bar-back at the Bluebird, but was allowed to sing one night when there was an opening.
“I learned a lot that helped me with my skills as a writer and singer,” Casey said.
Singing at the Bluebird led to singing around town and doing $40 demos for recordings. He was allowed to use these demos to pitch himself and eventually was signed to Capitol Records.
Casey is the son of respected football executive Bobby Beathard, and the father of four children. Beathard's son, C. J. Beathard, was the starting quarterback at the University of Iowa. Another son, Tucker Beathard, is signed to Dot Records as a recording artist.