- Claims to have never seen American Idol before auditioning for the show in season 9.
- Memorably took his ponytail out (and his shirt off) at his Idol audition at the request of Kara DioGuardi and guest judge Victoria Beckham.
- Before auditioning for Idol, was the lead singer and guitarist for The Casey James band, also featuring his brother, B.C., on bass.
- Debra James — Mother
- B.C. James — Brother