But that’s exactly what you get when you talk to New Orleans-based singer, and recent contender on NBC’s The Voice, Casmè on the phone. Part of that energy and enthusiasm is what made Voice Judge John Legend immediately recruit the singer to his team on the hit competition series. On Monday, October 26, a national audience watched the 10th Ward native declare proudly, “My name is Casmè, I’m 39 and I’m from New Orleans, Louisiana!” She knocked out judges Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani by singing Aretha Franklin’s “Baby I Love You” and she’s been winning judges and the audiences over on the show ever since.
To hear a woman in music boldly state her age on national television certainly made a statement. But the recently turned 40 year old woman is not shy about her age one bit, not even in an industry that is especially hard on women as they get older.
“I was told 15 years ago I was too old—starting at age 23 and 24! The industry looks for 17 and 18 year old fresh faces with new vibes. But I knew for a fact that I had what it took to make a huge impact musically in this world,” she says with confidence. And confidence is another part of the charm that is Casmè. The singer is adamant about staying positive and singing for people.
“I’m not a perfect singer. I’m a people singer. I sing for people. I sing and connect with people. And I don’t sing bashing people. I always sing about positives—even when I end a relationship and sing about it, I end the song about it on a positive. I’ve always written my songs with a solution in the bridges and on the hook. Every day we have an opportunity to use our gift to heal.”
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