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Music is Casey James' first love

Note to self-described cougar Kara DioGuardi: You may think Casey James is eye and ear candy, but according to his ex-wife, he is married to his music.

"Music is everything to Casey," said his ex, Kellie James, 31, in an exclusive interview with the National Enquirer. Casey and Kellie, a respiratory therapist, were wed from 2005 to 2008, until the rocker's drive for success eventually ended their relationship.

Though the singer-guitarist, 27, had some run-ins with the law in his late teens and early 20s - he served jail time for driving while intoxicated, driving with an invalid license and reckless driving - his ex says he settled down by the time they met at Leaning Tree Church in Mineral Wells, Texas.

Kellie told the publication that Casey "gravitated toward the musical people in the congregation. Eventually, he played and sang in the praise-and-worship band," adding that "Church is still very important to him, and he plays music for a congregation in Fort Worth, where he lives now."

She also vouched for the long-haired looker's character. "Girls have always had crushes on him, but Casey doesn't encourage it. He's not conceited or full of himself," Kellie said. "He just does what he loves to do, which is music, but he's never thought of himself as a heartthrob. . . . I think it embarrasses him."




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