Irish, Scottish, Welch/ German, Prussian by descent; born and raised in south Austin, Texas. Bachelor\'s in Music from UT. Workshopped with Bobby McFerrin summer U of Oregon. While in school: Magician assistant, dancer, singer, actress 2000-2001 at Esther\'s Follies. 2003-2005 taught Pilates, yoga and kickbox in Jamaica, mostly in Negril but also Ocho Rios and MOBay. Played a showcase with the Marley band backing. Wrote songs. Got melanoma, came home. 2006-Kept writing, picked up some gigs here and there, 6 commercials. 2007- worked as Julia Roberts body double/stand in in \'Fireflies in the Garden\', a waitress in \'Fighting With Anger\' starring Willie Nelson, a short called \'Totally Connected\' that has won 8 awards so far, a smoking nun in season 5 of the BBC\'s \'Wire in the Blood\', the mermaid in the punk rock video for the Riverboat Gamblers, a doppelganger in the rockabilly Chili Cold Blood video, some voice over work including the Opie and Anthony show in NYC. 2008- went to Sundance with \'Baghead\' on which I have a very minor supporting role that opens the film. A waitress again in \'Stop Loss\'... both played at SXSW in March \'08, opened nationwide thereafter. Most recently finished \'The Knife Licker\' my first starring role that was picked up at the Cannes film festival in May. ..but most importantly I have been doing all of this to pay my bills and stay creatively stimulated while writing and recording and now waiting for my record to be released. So if you like what you hear, help me live out my dream- a life of love and making a living writing and playing music - then download a song or two and spread the word. Peace. Love, Cass growing up my family influences were- jefferson airplane, the beatles, the rolling stones, led zepplin, johnny cash, otis redding, stevie wonder, in my classical piano studies up to and during college: tchaikovsky, ravel, brahms, beethoven sonotas, chopin nocturnes, some Wagner, Mozart and Verdi Requiems, danny elfman...high school for me was,for a time, grunge rock- pearl jam, smashing pumpkins, STP, Nirvana, Guns N Roses, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Crowes but then i was turned on to the likes of: D\'Angelo, Sade, Prince...some guitar player friends introduced me to Jeff Buckley and that had a huge influence on me, still does. In my jazz studies in college I found miles davis and most significantly john coltrane and fell in love with all the village vangard recordings, anything from the mid sixties i could get my hands on. Jazz vox: ella, billie, nina simone, abbie Lincoln, keys: later monk, bill evans, brad meldau, keith jarrett, i always had a love for performing swing and torch songs but when it came time to write I always went for moody, lush, meloncholic modal feels. I studied some classical Indian music for a year, learned ragas, new scales, new instruments of which I was pleased to learn had been interwoven by many pop and jazz musicians. This is an area I plan to explore more- the drones, the tonal scales, the soul and passion that music as a part of everyday life and ritual brings, the alternative tunings fascinate me as well....Born and raised in Austin, I certainly have some affinity for good old country music and a teensy bit for some Texas country. A big gap here I need to fill in later, influences will include: Jack Johnson, Bob Marley, Rufus Wainwright, Citizen Cope, The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, Eva Cassidy, Coldplay, Gavin DeGraw, Massive Attack, Derek Webb, Feist, early Fiona Apple, Willie, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Butch Walker,Patti Griffin, Joni Mitchell, tbc... SRV, the blues. Lots of blues. Lived my share of the blues. The end of a tumultous relationship and a long time spent away fairly isolated on the island of Jamaica, I returned, having written a notebook of songs, and found the music scene changed. More through- composed, less formulated, much more moving music abounding. Upon my return, Aqualung was one of the first bands to instantly move me to tears and that record alone got me through a rough year. Beck\'s Sea Changes had the same effect . Now- there is so much I am in love with, I don\'t know where to start. All I know is how profoundly music affects me, how it has always been here for me: matched my moods whether depressed or elated and is attached to everything that I am. My greatest desire is to offer that to someone else through my own music however great or small.