Dreaming big, living big

Thursday, March 14, 2019
Casey Muessigmann, recording artist and Spencer native, has big plans for 2019. In addition to working on his second full-length studio album, he’s been touring and will be getting married in November.
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Muessigmann’s 2019 a year of high notes

For Spencer native Casey Muessigmann, the recording artist whose motto is “dream big, live big,” 2019 is shaping up to be a giant year. In addition to a calendar full of gigs to play, a new album in the works and a wedding to plan, he has taken on philanthropy too. Last week he headlined a benefit concert to aid citizens of Marshalltown as the city recovers from the devastation caused by an EF3 tornado in 2018.

Muessigmann, who is widely recognized for his run on season three of NBC's "The Voice," said he was glad to help out fellow Iowans.

“At the time it was going around that a tornado really hit Marshalltown, the first thing that happened was I saw a picture on Facebook and said ‘Oh wow, that is not good,’” Muessigmann said. “I kind of talked to my manager and my guys and said ‘we need to do this.’ I had a college roommate from Parkersburg, that was the summer after Parkersburg got hit by a tornado.

He continued, “It’s an opportunity for me to go to Marshalltown and show some support for Iowa because (Iowa) is where I was born and probably will die here someday.”

The Spencer High School alum’s gesture of kindness was not lost on the 1971 Spencer High School valedictorian and current Marshalltown Mayor Joel Greer.

“It’s really heartening for me as the mayor to see people like (Casey) help with tornado relief and it’s fun to have that Spencer connection,” Greer said. “I’m amazed at how many Spencer connections there are in Marshalltown, actually.”

Muessigmann said things have been going well in the studio, his sophomore studio album is being recorded at Beaird Sound Studios in Nashville,.

“I’ve got a long way to go, there are three songs cut,” Muessigmann said. “It’s a chronicle of where I’ve come from and where I want to go, it’s a little bit darker than my other stuff. I’m heavily influenced by rock music and I love Shinedown, you can definitely hear those influences in my new music. I’m very excited about it. We’ll be working hard in the studio next month, hopefully finishing production and getting it out late spring, early summer. For everyone supporting me, I hope the wait will be worth it.”

The city of Marshalltown was devastated in 2018 after an EF3 tornado carved through neighborhoods and the town’s Main Street. (Above) The tornado caused heavy damage to the Marshall County Courthouse, including shearing off the historic building’s steeple.

The singer-songwriter’s biggest event of 2019 won’t be on stage, but on the altar. Muessigmann is preparing to wed his fiance, Taylor Volkert, as the couple plans to spend the rest of their lives together alongside their “two beautiful dogs.”

“Between all of the running around, booking shows and music, I’m planning a wedding,” Muessigmann said. “I’m getting married in November. I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. She holds down the fort when I’m out on the road, I can’t thank her enough.”

Muessigmann is returning to northwest Iowa on Friday, performing at 8 p.m. at the Primghar Community Building, located at 215 First St. SE, for the Primghar Parks Department Fundraiser, an ages 18 and up show.

“On March 15 we’re in Primghar,” Muessigmann said. “I believe we’re doing a benefit to try to build a park and I’m pretty excited about that.”

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