The Murrays Nashville Band
Casey Murray was born in the Bay of Islands and raised on a Dairy Farm near Kerikeri. She began singing at the aged of 10. Her parents formed the little Tennessee country music club in Okaihau where she learnt how to sing and perform. She won the overall at the little Tennessee Club and then won the overall at the Kaitaia awards at the age of 18 and then took out the overall for the northland regional country music awards held in Wellsford.
Casey was selected to appear on the televised telethon, and later was selected by Toni Williams to tour New Zealand as his support act in the late 90s, this led to tours with Eddie Low and Sir Howard Morrison as their main support act. Casey then went to Australia and joined a band called “rock revival”, she eventually ended up working at a Movie Studio for Warner Brothers who at the time were shooting a movie starring Kylie Minogue.
Casey was selected to entertain at the Commonwealth Games and toured with her own band to promote her album. One of her songs was selected to promote the Australasian Police Games .
Casey flew to Nashville to record and was selected to sing on television and returned to New Zealand with an Album entitled “Crying Heart”. One of her songs was play listed highly on the FM Country Radio station at that time. Another original song gained runner up in the Gore Country Music Song writers awards.
After years of touring and performing Casey decided to do something different so she began study at Auckland University in 2001. She also appeared as a guest artist at the Norfolk Island trans-Tasman entertainer of the year in 2003. Casey’s son was born in 2004 and motherhood became her priority eventually graduating with her law degree in 2006. She was admitted to the bar in 2007 and began to learn her craft practising in all the Northland Courts by 2009.
By 2011 Casey was missing the Entertainment and she was accepted to appear in the cast for the 2011 Rugby world cup opening ceremony. Casey’s song “In time forever more” was entered into the “Real New Zealand song quest in 2011. She was runner up and the song was played on the screens throughout New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup Celebrations.
Casey has since appeared in corporate events, entertaining dignitaries, and MPs for special events. She appeared at the 150-year celebrations in Kerikeri entertaining the deputy prime minister and other ministers in attendance.
Casey has a few more original songs to record, and one that she hopes to get on a cd dedicated to her mother who passed in 2019 entitled “Mama will I make it tonight” she will perform this song at the festival.