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Evrod In Seen Magazine 

Evrod Cassimy is featured in the July publication of SEEN Magazine, sharing his back story about writing music and singing at a young age and what ultimately forced him to have to silence his voice.

 

 

Local 4 News Anchor Evrod Cassimy Shares His Musical Side 

WDIV-TV anchor Evrod Cassimy released the R&B album, “Newzic,” last year. He tells SEEN why he’s had to hide his musical talents most of his career, but is now busting out the jams. 

Some may find it hard to imagine their local morning news anchor dropping an R&B album, but that’s what Detroit’s WDIV Local 4 anchor Evrod Cassimy did. 

There are two things Evrod Cassimy says he’s been passionate about most of his life: writing stories and singing. These passions led him to pursue a career in journalism and, in November, release his debut R&B album, “Newzic.” 

“I remember as a kid writing my own book,” Cassimy says. “It wasn’t published or anything, but I literally handcrafted the cover out of old boxes, printer paper and laminate. It was called ‘Mike Jones Runs for Class President.’ My mom still has it today and shows it off to friends as if her son wrote a New York Times No. 1 bestseller.” 

Cassimy has also been singing his entire life. “I started at age 3,” he says. “My parents kept the photo of my first solo (in church) on the fireplace mantle throughout my childhood years.” As he grew up, he continued singing in church and won various local awards. 

Raised outside of Chicago, Cassimy attended Columbia College Chicago to study television broadcast journalism. He began his career in 2006 in Grand Junction, Colorado, where he met his wife, Danielle. 

At 18 years old, he met a producer who invited him to write and record music in a studio. “That led to a four-song EP that I was very proud of. It was on iTunes and even got significant radio air play in the first few markets I worked in as a news reporter.” 

Courtesy Evrod Cassimy 

Most people didn’t know about the EP, Cassimy says, because his journalism career forced him to hide his musical background. 

“There came a point in my career where I was told I couldn’t sing anymore,” he says. “I had just accepted a job as an anchor. My wife and I were engaged to be married in one month. We sold everything to move to this new city, including one of our two cars. It was an eight-hour drive from city A to city B. Six hours in I got a call from the boss where they asked about my R&B music career.” 

The station told Cassimy it wouldn’t have offered him the job had they known about his musical background, he says. “I was shocked, scared, dumbfounded,” he explains. “They called back an hour later to say they would go through with the TV news contract, but I could never sing again.” 

Not only was Cassimy restricted from making new music, he says, but he couldn’t acknowledge he had ever made music. “And boy did people ask,” he says, “but I went along with the lie. Why? Because I really wanted the job.” 

In 2013, Cassimy joined WDIV-TV and now anchors the station’s morning show, “Local 4 News Today.” 

When he began working at WDIV, Cassimy says the attitude toward his musical side shifted. “I was invited to sing at the Local 4 Christmas party and later during the live broadcast of the Ford Fireworks,” he says. “ It was completely the opposite of what I’d experienced in previous markets.” 

He took these opportunities, he says, despite being nervous due to his past experiences. “I was tired of being prevented from doing what I love — writing and recording music — for so long,” he says. “I loved Detroit so much and was inspired by the history of Motown.” 

After his performance at the Ford Fireworks, Cassimy says people began asking him where they could buy his music. 

“I didn’t have any!” Cassimy says. “I found my way back in the studio and recorded my first single, a Christmas song, that got played on every radio station in Detroit. That led to a second, third, fourth and fifth single.” 

He says fans started asking for him to create an album. In November 2018, they got their wish: Cassimy released his debut album after creating his own record label, Everything Evrod Entertainment. “I wrote about what I call ‘the story of my life,’m” he says. My ‘breaking  news’ if you will,  all set to music. News and music essentially is what the album was. I called it ‘Newzic.’ ” 

One of Cassimy’s favorite songs from the album, he says, is “Mixed.” “It’s a song about my two biracial kids and real-life situations as they are learning about who they are and how the world sees them,” he says. “They’re even featured on the album.” 

Cassimy says his father, wife and brother are the only ones he shares the true meaning behind all his songs with. “They give me their real feedback,” he says. 

He adds he’s found a lot of support in Detroit as well. “Detroit’s own Queen of the Blues, Thornetta Davis, heard my story and told me never to stop singing,” Cassimy says. “She was one of the first people in Detroit that I shared my story with.” 

WDIV also supported him. “It’s incredible to feel support from the station when I felt the opposite elsewhere,” Cassimy says. 

In terms of balancing it all, Cassimy admits he doesn’t always have it all together. “I’m completely unbalanced when it comes to my personal versus professional life, but I’m happy,” he says. “Happiness is important, and if it doesn’t make me happy, I don’t do it.” 

He explains that he sees his careers in news and music as closely related. “In news, I write stories about other people in the community,” he says. “In music, I write stories through songs about myself or people I know.” 

Writing is therapeutic, Cassimy adds. “It allows me to get my thoughts and emotions out.” Cassimy says writing about personal things can at times put him in a vulnerable position. “You hope people enjoy listening because the songs really, truly mean something to you.” 

Cassimy’s album “Newzic” is available to stream on Spotify, SoundCloud and other music platforms.

 

Read more here: SEEN Magazine

New Music: I'm Leaving 

Evrod Cassimy has just released a new single. Titled "I'm Leaving," the new record is a song of empowerment for anyone in a difficult relationship, friendship or job. The song is meant to give them the courage to simple say enough is enough, I'm leaving.

I'm Leaving is available on all digital outlets.

Listen: I'm Leaving

I'm Leaving is the first single since his debut album, Newzic.

Listen: Newzic

Michigan Chronicle Features Newzic 

Evrod Cassimy's debut album was recently featured in the latest edition of the Michigan Chronicle newspaper. Read more below!

 

Evrod Cassimy Is Newzic

You may be familiar with the name Evrod Cassimy from tuning into WDIV in the morning for your local news, but do you know that this full-time anchor is also a full-time musician and the journey to his debut album is an exciting ride. 

Cassimy is a husband, father of two beautiful children, media professional and officially a self-proclaimed Detroiter, but the other side of Cassimy is the musician. However, according to him, there is no “other side” they are one and the same. “I don’t feel like it is another side; I feel like this (music) has always been a part of me.” Said, Cassimy. 

However, the artistic/musician side of Cassimy had to be suppressed at one time for him to pursue his media career. “We put everything that we own in the back of this car we drove to this new city where we had just signed on a lease for this new apartment, and it was an eight-hour drive to the new city. Six hours in I get a phone call from the new boss, saying, What is this about an R&B music career? Cassimy continued, “I told him I like writing music, and I’ve been performing since I was a kid and he said, oh no we can’t go through with this, we can’t hire you. However, I just quit my job, and I was getting married in eight months. What was I supposed to do?” Said, Cassimy 

Thankfully, Cassimy’s new boss came with a compromise, Cassimy had to forget that he ever did R&B. “They told me to get rid of everything and if anybody in this new town asks if you sing, tell them no, we don’t want anybody knowing any of this about you. So I said “OK.” You know as a young person not understanding much about life, all I knew was that I wanted to write stories and this job was giving me the opportunity to write stories. But it was a hard choice; I don’t know if you have anything outside of what you do now that you love to do and that’s just your passion, to have somebody take that away from you- it’s like taking away a part of you.” Said, Cassimy 

More like soul-wrenching, especially because there was already documented music by Cassimy on youtube from his EP. However, there was a ram in the artistic bush coming. Fast-forward several years later to Detroit and Cassimy is the same position again with the choice of coming forward with his passion for singing and R&B, however, he had learned from past mistakes and declined on ever singing, however, Motown was much different to his surprise. 

“I remember being asked to perform at the Local 4 Christmas party. I was told that my boss wanted me to perform. So I said let me just see what happens. I sang a Christmas song and I remember before I told everyone to put their phones down, no filming, this is not for social media. My bosses loved it. And then they asked me to sing at the fireworks and I was like for real? And that’s when I sang for the first time in front of everybody in metro Detroit.” 

10 years later now it’s time for Newsic 

“I had a lot of stories to tell from the past ten years, so I went and wrote all of what had happened to me in the past two years and put it in the album. News and music it’s the story of my life, so I came up with the word “Newzic” Cassimy, continued. “This album is for anybody that has ever had a dream and has wanted to go after their goal. This is an album that encourages people not to give up. There are songs in there about wanting to give up and songs about my relationship with my parents that are very emotional. There’s a song about my wife on there it’s called ‘Green Eyes’ along with a song called ‘Mixed’, that featured my boys. 

A Dream delayed is not a dream denied. 

“I want people to hear my story and to understand that these songs come from a person who was forced to give up their dream. It was just to write music and put out music for people to enjoy. My story shows that if someone says you can’t do something, never give up on your dream, just find a different way because timing is everything.” Cassimy continued. “I think releasing an album here in Detroit and getting so much support from viewers, from listeners, from fans that allowed me to see that timing is perfect.” 

‘Newzic’ is available on all music platforms. For more information visit www. EvrodCassimy.com

Evrod On 97.9FM WJLB 

Evrod recently sat down with Bushman on The Bushman Show on WJLB 97.9FM in Detroit, MI to talk about his debut album, Newzic, being forced to silence his voice and more. Listen now!

 

Evrod on 105.9 The Bounce 

Today Evrod Cassimy got a special shout out from Bigg and Shay Shay on 105.9FM The Bounce in Detroit, MI as they celebrated National iPod Day! Click to listen!