DJ Cassidy planned to have his debut album, "Paradise Royale," out earlier this year. And then this fall.
Now it's slated for the spring of 2015, but he promises that good things come to those who wait.
"Yeah, at first I was eager and wanted the album to come out less than a half year after I told the world I was a recording artist," says the New York-born Cassidy (real name Cassidy Podell), a world-class DJ who spun at Beyonce and Jay Z's wedding and at U.S. President Barack Obama's second inauguration and 50th birthday party. But after the album's first single, "Calling All Hearts" with Robin Thicke and Jessie J, became a hit, he had some worldwide business to attend to.
"It quickly became a bona fide hit in the U.K. extremely fast, and I wasn't expecting it. And because that door was opened, i started getting calls form every record label around the world, and I spent my summer going to my record labels in every country I could've imagined to establish myself as not only a DJ but a recording artist.
"So I took my time doing that, and we decided to wait to put (the album) out. It made more sense to take that year and travel the world and put it out the right way than it did to rush it out, so I'm happy we did it that way."
"Paradise Royale" features offers a collision of old and new schools as DJ Cassidy pairs hot contemporary singers (Cee-Lo Green, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, R. Kelly, Estelle, John Legend and others) with players from R&B dance music's glory years of, roughly 1978-82, including members of Earth, Wind & Fire, Kool & the Gang and more. Usher is also part of the set, and his inclusion -- as the last piece of the puzzle -- led to an invitation for DJ Cassidy to be one of the opening acts on the singers The UR Experience tour.
"I really had to chase him, Cassidy says with a laugh. "I had always wanted him to be on the album, and I kind of saved him for the end but I had been chasing him for a year. After pursuing and pursuing. I finally got him last December in Atlanta in one of the most amazing recording sessions I've ever been in; he came in a sequined shirt, patent leather shoes and just said 'OK, I'm ready.' That's the kind of guy he is; he's a star and he's a creator and he needs to set the stage for himself to be in the moment and create what he needs to create.
"We made an amazing record, 'Paradise,' and about six to nine months later he called and asked me if I would join him on tour, and I didn't have to think twice about saying yes, y'know?"
Usher, August Alsina and DJ Cassidy
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4
The Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills.
Tickets are $38-$93.
Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.
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