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The vivid songwriting of Catie Curtis combines insightful lyrics with addictive melodies and energy. Catie's studio work, engaging live shows and impressive touring career in the US and Europe earn rave reviews and wide recognition. Her songs have been featured on Dawson's Creek, Felicity, Alias, Chicago Hope, and Grey's Anatomy, as well as in several independent films. She's toured with Dar Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and as part of Lilith Fair. Catie was named grand prize winner of the International Songwriting Competition, for her song "People Look Around", co-written with Mark Erelli, from a field of 15,000 entries from 82 countries. The song appeared on Long Night Moon (2006, Compass Records) an intricate work of stripped down modern folk. In the fall of 2008 Catie Curtis released the critically acclaimed Sweet Life (her ninth recording). Throughout the fall of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 Curtis toured Sweet Life, began a youth music endowment ("Aspire to Inspire") and gave away guitars to underprivileged youth, and in January 2009 performed at the Human Rights Campaign's official Obama inaugural ball. The Washington Post, The Advocate, TimeOut Chicago, and Curve Magazine all lined up to praise Sweet Life and Blurt went so far as to hail 2008 "The Year of Catie Curtis".
A short description of Catie's music:
"Have you ever been to a show where you feel an invisible wall between you and the performer? Catie Curtis pulls the walls down."
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Catie Curtis just wanted to play the drums. She got her first kit when she turned 12. At age 15, she was hired to play drums for a musical theater production at the amusement park in her hometown of Saco, Maine. The production manager of the show gave Curtis her first guitar saying, "I will give you this if you promise me you'll learn to play it." Curtis taught herself to play and write songs by listening to singer/songwriters like the quirky "Melanie," Karla Bonoff and the quietly philosophical Cat Stevens. Later, she learned about the grassroots folk scene while attending Brown University. Friends took her to concerts at the Stone Soup Coffeehouse, introducing her to "under the radar" artists like Cheryl Wheeler and Greg Brown. Curtis gravitated toward the solo acoustic guitar, lyric-driven music, and the sometimes comedic exchange between performer and audience. After graduation and a short stint as a social worker in Boston, Curtis was signed to EMI/Guardian Records in 1996 and has gone on to release 14 CDs to date. Curtis' style is rootsy and folky but with the rhythmic undercurrent of pop/rock music. Curtis is known for her compelling melodies, relaxed grooves, and subject matter ranging from philosophical to political, romantic to maternal.
"Catie makes audiences feel like they're part of the show. She doesn't perform at you, she performs for you. Our audiences just adore her."
Matt Smith, Manager, Club Passim, Cambridge, MA.
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