Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will be nowhere Saturday when Casey Bishop takes the stage in Fort Myers. Instead, many of the teen’s friends and family members will be in attendance for the audience.
“There is going to be a parcel people I know there, ”Bishop says with a laugh. “I’m excited, but I’m also nervous.
This is his very first concert in his hometown and his first performance since entering the Top 4 Singers on “American Idol”. But despite her nervousness, Bishop says she can’t wait to sing for Southwest Florida.
No competition. No pressure. No stress about whether she will move on to the next round on “Idol”.
Just good times and rock’n’roll. And maybe even jazz too.
Everything is fine.
“I don’t know, the ‘Idol’ thing and that, they’re just two different worlds,” Bishop said. “It’s live and real here, you know what I’m saying?
“I could literally – well, not do whatever I want. But I could (Laughs). “
The Buddha LIVE show will be Bishop’s first concert outside of “American Idol”. She will be singing with her band “Idol,” according to show co-host Brad Cozza. They fly with a production “Idol” team for a high-end show with professional sound, lighting and special effects.
Bishop, 16, competed for three months on “Idol” and sang everything from Soundgarden to Judy Garland. She made the show’s Top 4 female singers but was kicked out on May 16. Country singer Chayce Beckham ultimately won the top prize.
A month later, we finally caught up with Bishop and discussed the concert, the finale of “Idol” and what has happened since. Here’s what Bishop had to say about:
Get eliminated on “Idol”.
“I was doing really well, honestly,” she says. “I felt like it was going to happen, so I was totally okay with that. … I felt better than I expected!
She never thought she would make the Top 10 of the series, let alone the Top 4, she says. So she would have been happy no matter what.
“It was kind of like a relief,” she says. “I was really happy for Grace (Kinstler, who reached third place). Because Grace was really worried. I was just like, ‘Yeah, you did. Breathe.
Back to school after the show
“He’s so weird!” she says. “It always feels very weird to be home. … Looks like so long ago. I haven’t been to school for so long. Because I was on Home Connect (virtual instruction) all year round.
His comrades of course asked themselves many questions. Bishop is in his second year at the Fort Myers Center for the Arts at Cypress Lake High School.
“Coming back, everyone was so nice,” she says. “Everyone has been so, so nice.”
Bishop only returned to school for a few days in early June, mainly to take her Florida Standards Assessments (FSA) exams. She’s not sure if she’ll be back for her first year, however.
“I think I’ll be homeschooled,” she says. “I won’t have to dedicate my time to be able to work on the music.”
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What happens next for his career
Bishop says she hasn’t been approached by any record company so far, but she hopes it will happen soon. She also hasn’t heard of the usual “American Idol” tour, which typically features the show’s top 5-10 finalists.
Meanwhile, she is busy writing songs and thinking about her future as a professional musician. She hopes to eventually start her own band, but says she’ll likely follow the “solo artist route” – what she calls the typical “Idol” singer movement.
“I hope to be signed,” she said. “But I definitely take the time to work on my own music and definitely, you know, record. I mean, I’ll record when I get my own sense of music. I’m just excited for it all.
“I never played a show or anything. This upcoming show, I’ve never done anything like it. So I’m really excited!
His first concert in his hometown
Bishop’s is still working on the details of Saturday’s concert, including the songs she will perform. But she hopes to do several songs that she sang on “American Idol”, including the jazz standard “My Funny Valentine” and especially the psychedelic-grunge hit of Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”.
“I need do ‘Black Hole Sun’, ”she said. ” I love this song. I loved performing it on “Idol”.
But “My Funny Valentine” would be a nice addition for her Fort Myers audience, she said. “There are a handful of people who only love me when I sing jazz. So I’ll just give them the best of both worlds.
She hopes people respond well to everything she sings. It’s her first gig other than what she did on “Idol,” and she doesn’t really know what to expect.
“I just hope people have a good time,” she said. “Hope people are really having fun and it’s not a dead crowd where it’s, like, crickets.”
Chayce Beckham winning “Idol”
“Oh my god, I was so happy for him!” said the bishop. “It was such a cool time, just being there.”
She and many of the show’s contestants remain friends, she says. In fact, they’re talking about meeting in Nashville this summer. She is particularly close to Beckham and Hunter Metts.
Sing with Luke Bryan
For the finale of “Idol,” Bishop returned after being knocked out and played with Bryan, the show judge who had defended her from the start. They sang “Livin ‘On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi.
It was a lot of fun, she said.
“It was so, so cool,” she says. “Because it kind of brought me back to the beginning, to the audition. I was like, ‘Oh my god. You’re right was there. ‘
“And it was really, really cool to have the opportunity to sing along with Luke Bryan. And ‘livin’ on a prayer! ‘ It was so much fun, of all the songs. It was so much fun! “
The two rehearsed in the legendary Los Angeles rock venue, Whiskey a Go Go, which was technically closed but reopened just for “Idol.”
“It was really cool, because a lot of my favorite people have been there,” she says. “We literally sang ‘Livin’ on a Prayer ‘about three times on stage. And then we left and we started again on the ‘Idol’ stage.
His growing confidence
The judges of “Idol’s” continued to push Bishop to go wild on stage and bring a more raw, rocky performance. And that’s what she started doing towards the end of her run on the show – shaking her hair, jumping, stomping, and even, at one point, kneeling on stage.
“The night I was eliminated, I went mad,” she says. “I felt so good. … I woke up that morning feeling at peace and well and not at all nervous. And I was like, ‘Okay … well, this is new.’
“And then I come totally – I knelt on stage. The camera didn’t really pick it up. … It was ‘Live Wire’, and it was like, snap. It was so fast and everything was so loud. I remember thinking, ‘Oh my God, I’m on my knees right now!’ “
Now, she’s brought that confidence home with her to Southwest Florida, where fans can see her during Saturday’s concert.
“I think playing in my own shows now, I can be even more confident,” she said. “Because it’s a welcoming crowd and it’s not, like, competitive. “
Write new songs
So far Bishop says she’s written about three songs. And she plans to write a lot more.
“It’s like you write a bunch of songs to get a good one,” she says. “It’s a process. But it really feels good. … This is all so new to me, and I love it so much.
She hasn’t written her own songs for a long time.
“Honestly, I started writing recently, The Year of Idol,” she says. “I haven’t been writing for a long time. I’m just starting to feel comfortable with my writing.
She usually writes on her own in her Estero room with a guitar and a notebook. Sometimes when inspiration comes from home, she puts lyrics and song ideas into the Notes app on her phone.
She is also improving on the guitar.
“Before, I had no idea how to play a single chord,” she says. “Now I know, like, four chords (Laughs). “
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If you are going to
What: Casey Bishop concert
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, June 19. Bishop takes the stage around 9 p.m. or 9:30 p.m., according to organizers
Or: The parking lot outside of Buddha LIVE, 12701 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Tickets: $ 20 for general admission and $ 50 for VIP, including light meals and a private bar.
Opening acts: The Dead Ataris, Matty Jollie and DJ Rifik