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Casey Ahern - 'Just a Dance'

In advance of her new Nashville star-studded EP 'Where I Run,' Casey Ahern has released the sentimental single "Just a Dance." Already receiving rave reviews, the song is a great way to introduce yourself to Casey's undeniable talent.

With the gentle strum of an acoustic guitar and a warm drone on the keys, “Just A Dance” begins the way love often does, with the kindling of something that feels far too special to forget.

Casey Ahern enters singing with a voice that is angelic and sweet, pure and clear, convincing and confident – all at once. She is a natural, gifted singer who has a diverse vocal toolbox.

“The yellow lights. The swing of the crowd. He just grabbed my hand and spun me ‘round and around. That was all. It didn’t last. It was nothing more than just a dance. “

Musically, the song's arrangement is set to a gentle 6/8 flow that moves like a country waltz. Tasteful violin fills, melodic and expressive, add to the romantic vibe. The guitar plucks well-placed notes like dew drops from a harp as the percussion produces a nice swishing sway. The music is beautifully simplistic with sophisticated playing as the impeccable musicians serve the song to perfection, painting the spirit of longing. Casey’s voice takes center stage expressing the subtle emotion of an innocent encounter that sparks an awakening.

Staying true to the song’ meaning, the music invites you to get lost in the moment.

You can visualize a young couple dancing in time, but time is standing still as they are mesmerized by each other. As you get closer to the story, the lyrics capture the delicate emotion of a heart that realizes, somewhere deep inside, that something has been missing and found. This is never said, but it is felt in the nuance of Casey's vocal interpretation.

There is an art to capturing not just a moment in time, but an emotion in time without pushing it too far or sounding over the top. It's the art of letting the music unfold naturally and allowing the listener to feel the story between the lines.

In “Just a Dance” Casey Ahern expresses a wistful, subtle and delicate, pining for something that wasn't' realized until a moment on the dance-floor under warm, yellow lights. She is whisked away and you will be too. When you are done listening to "Just a Dance," you may realize that what you were longing for was a singer who could express fine-drawn, inferred feelings to tasteful and refined country music – and you just found that sound, and the artist you were pining for, in Casey Ahern.


About Casey Ahern:

At age 17, Casey Ahern knew that she had to follow her musical heart. Her first stop was Boston where she emerged herself in singing and songwriting for a semester at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Then, she hightailed it for a four month stay in Nashville where she played open mics at the Bluebird Café and Douglas Corner Café.

Today, at the young age of 20, Casey has returned to her old stomping grounds in Nashville to record at Sound Emporium Studios with a seasoned ensemble of Music City's best including guitarists Tim Galloway (Josh Turner, Luke Bryan) and Kris Donegan (Brett Eldredge, Shania Twain), bassist Lee Hendricks (Eric Church), keyboardist David Dorn (Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini), drummer Matt King (Maren Morris, Brothers Osborne) and two-time Grammy nominated violinist Eamon McLoughlin (Rodney Crowell, The Band Perry). ‘Where I Run’ was produced by the veteran production team of Nathan Meckel and Mark Niemiec, collectively known as The Buzz Brothers. Casey’s stylistically varied songs and intimate yet quirky vocal style tap into an inviting throwback vibe that incorporates sparkling touches of the early 70s Laurel Canyon style – a little Joni Mitchell, a twist of Jackson Browne and the classic Cali country vibe of the Eagles.

For more information about Casey Ahern, please visit her website

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