Casey Donovan is back and she’s not messing around this time
Halfway through 2017, and Casey Donovan is back in the game and showcasing just what perseverance is all about.
Once again, she’s emerged as the winner of a Channel Ten reality series – this time the intoxicatingly ridiculous I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.
She’s courted a few tabloid headlines with an appearance in the polarising “down, down” Coles ads, and most importantly – she’s releasing new music.
Lonely, the cry-yourself-to-sleep-at-2am ballad does everything a good ballad should. It’s emotive, it’s personal, and her voice is as strong as ever.
Speaking to Music Insight about the all too relatable, heartbreaking lyrics, Donovan chuckles:
“Yeah, it’ll make or break you, I’ll tell you what.”
Donovan’s lyrics, whether for an anthem of self-acceptance or the saddest of ballads, are always her outlet.
“That’s what music is for me, it’s a massive outlet, it’s a way to express myself whether it be feeling sad, happy, emotional – anything in between. I mean, I love writing ballads, but I also love writing pop – really pop songs that you can dance along to.”
That’s what music is for me, it’s a massive outlet, it’s a way to express myself whether it be feeling sad, happy, emotional – anything in between.
Her upcoming six-track EP is on the way, and with it Donovan is eager to offer a full perspective of her journey so far,
“I love having fun, and I love being a bit out there and being loud when I want to be, and being quiet when I want to be as well. It’s just the highs and lows of life. This EP is gonna be an account of 10 to 13 years of my life.”
The EP has come together as a passion project for not only Donovan herself, but also for her dedicated fans. Going the truly independent route, a Kickstarter campaign helped make it happen.
“That was the really amazing thing that I could crowd-fund something like that, and put myself and my career pretty much on the line,” she says.
But Donovan needn’t worry. Her fans more than backed the project.
“The feedback’s been amazing, I’m in contact with my Kickstarter crew – my Kickstarter family – so I sent them little messages, and before the single came out I sent them all an MP3 so they could download it prior to it being released.”
Winning both Australian Idol and I’m a Celebrity, Donovan clearly has a talent for being able to connect with the Australian public. What is it about her that resonates so well?
“I think a big part is always being nice. That’s a big trait to have – the ‘please’ and ‘thank yous’. I don’t like controversy or to argue with people, and I think people see that and they go, ‘Yeah, she’s just as silly and wacky as all of us.’”
I think a big part is always being nice. That’s a big trait to have – the ‘please’ and ‘thank yous’. I don’t like controversy or to argue with people, and I think people see that and they go, ‘Yeah, she’s just as silly and wacky as all of us.’
Donovan’s time on I’m a Celeb not only gave her the opportunity to reconnect with the Australian public, but also connect with other jungle inhabitants, particularly pop star and actress, Natalie Bassingthwaighte. Could there be potential for a collab?
“I would love to. I mean, Nat Bass is a beautiful, beautiful soul and to hear her story of – I don’t know if they ever aired it – she had a bit of a hard time at one point and couldn’t sing for a while. And I said, ‘Nat, you’ve just got to see through it – that’s what’s healing for the soul.’ I’d love to sing a song with Nat Bass. She’d bloody amazing, and a beautiful mother, and just a good human being.”
The rest of 2017 offers many opportunities and possibilities for Donovan, and with a wealth of experience – studio, stage, and presenting – on her resume, she’s game for anything.
“I’d like to get a crack at stand-up comedy. I don’t know how I’d go, but you know, I’d just know if I could or couldn’t do it. I’d also like to go overseas and try my luck over there. Whether it be Europe or America. Really, now’s the perfect time to go out and just see what doors are open and what I can push myself to do.”
Indeed, it is the perfect time, and the wild ride of 2017 is not lost on her.
“From where I was six months ago to now has done a complete 360, which is a really lovely thing, and a really lovely position to be in,” she says.
Considering the bumps and bruises she’s dealt with throughout her career, Donovan has found comfort in the fact that she’s still here, and she’s able to bounce back.
“I think that’s what life is about. When you get knocked down, you get back up. And trusting yourself, knowing that it’s okay to fall down as long as you can get back up. Use that as the drive forward, because there’s so many people in this world, especially in Australia, that are willing to put you down before they give you praise. Just knowing that you’ve got to get back out there again, and that people care and support you.”
Her positive energy is definitely a key reason for Donovan’s survival in the industry all these years later.
The fact that she’s immensely talented and just a cool person doesn’t hurt either.
More information about the EP and tour dates can be expected in the next few weeks.
Until then, Lonely is available for your listening pleasure on Spotify, iTunes, and other digital platforms.