Andover's Casey McQuillen back for Boston show

TIM JEAN/Staff photoCasey McQuillen of Andover, a former "American Idol'' contestant

Casey McQuillen is back.

The Andover native who was a powerhouse on Season 13 of "American Idol'' will be at Boston’s City Winery in the Haymarket Lounge on July 10, for one night only, as part of her ongoing tour. Doors open at 6 p.m.

McQuillen is promoting her two latest singles — "Beautiful" and "Dying."

A hometown favorite, she has performed over the past five years at numerous local events including Andover Day, Andover Cares and concerts sponsored by Andover Youth Services. She has also visited local middle schools and promotes the power of positiveness to teenage girls. 

McQuillen graduated summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a double major in songwriting and music business. At the age of 21, while studying at Berklee, she auditioned for "American Idol'' and made it to Hollywood before she was ultimately eliminated in the early rounds of the show.

“The judges were incredibly supportive and complimentary, and I left Hollywood feeling better about my career than ever before,” she told the Townsman after her "American Idol'' experience.

Encouraged and energized by her experience on the show, McQuillen created and launched her You Matter tour – a tour which combines her two passions: music and social activism.  The tour, which has been recognized by the United Nations Foundation, is an interactive school assembly/concert which uses original songs and stories of her journey on "American Idol'' as metaphors to speak to students about bullying, self-confidence and the benefit of taking risks.  She has performed at more than 100 schools for more than 35,000 children.

McQuillen lives in Brooklyn, New York, and is touring for the remainder of 2019.  

For more information, visit her official website:




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