Singing since the age of four, and performing on-stage by the age of 12, Darlene Wiebe (as Casey was then known) won Country Music Week's National Talent competition at the tender age of 15.
This win led to her first recording, a 45 rpm of "Heartbreaking Melodies"/"Silver Threads and Golden Needles", released nationally by Sunshine Records. She went on to record in Nashville with further releases "Just Another Woman in Love" and "Love Like This".
Along the way she performed with her band "Country Roads" and, later, under the band name Casey Stone. In 1982 the Canadian Country Music Association nominated Darlene for "Newcomer of the Year".