Catie Curtis

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Catie Curtis
Catie Curtis.jpg
Catie Curtis in 2006
Background information
Origin United States
Genres Folk rock
Years active mid-1990s–present
Labels EMI, Rykodisc, Vanguard Records, Compass,
Notable instruments
voice, guitar, drums, piano

Catie Curtis (born 22 May 1965) is an American singer-songwriter working primarily in the folk rock idiom. Her most recent recording, Flying Dream, was released in 2014.

Career[edit]

Curtis was raised in Saco, Maine. By the age of fifteen she was playing drums for a local theater company and in her late teens she sat in with Foreigner on a performance of "I Want to Know What Love Is". She graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island with a degree in history and moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she began working the folk rock circuit.

Curtis self-released the cassette-only Dandelion in 1989;[1] her first CD, From Years to Hours, in 1991;[2] and her second CD, Truth from Lies, in 1995.[3] She did not gain wide recognition, however, until a successful appearance at the Bottom Line in New York City led to a contract with EMI/Guardian Records and the re-release of Truth from Lies in 1996.[4] Her 1997 follow-up, Catie Curtis, was named Album of the Year at that year's Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards.[5] Her discography now runs to thirteen albums, including the highly regarded A Crash Course in Roses (1999).[6]

Her songs have featured in Alias, Dawson's Creek, Felicity and Chicago Hope, as well as in several independent films. In 2005, she and Mark Erelli won the Grand Prize in the International Songwriting Competition for "People Look Around", a song written in response to Hurricane Katrina.[7]

Curtis has toured internationally as both headliner and support act. In 2009, she performed at the HRC Equality Ball in celebration of President Barack Obama’s inauguration. She performed at the White House the following year and again in 2011.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Catie Curtis was married to Liz Marshall for 17 years, but have recently split (2014). Together they have two daughters, Lucy and Celia. Curtis is a champion of marriage equality and qualified to officiate weddings in 2010. [9]

Awards[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Dandelion (1989)
  • From Years to Hours (1991)
  • Truth from Lies (1995)
  • Catie Curtis (1997)
  • A Crash Course in Roses (1999)
  • My Shirt Looks Good on You (2001)
  • Acoustic Valentine (2003)
  • Dreaming in Romance Languages (2004)
  • Long Night Moon (2006)
  • Sweet Life (2008)
  • Hello, Stranger (2009)
  • Stretch Limousine on Fire (2011)
  • A Catie Curtis Christmas (2012)
  • Flying Dream (2014)

A 2003 compilation, From Years to Hours: The Early Recordings, combines eight of the eleven tracks from the 1991 album with four other early songs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Catie Curtis, All Music. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  2. ^ Catie Curtis: From Years to Hours, Discogs. Retrieved 28 March 2012.
  3. ^ Catie Curtis, All Music. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  4. ^ Catie Curtis: Truth from Lies, Discogs. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  5. ^ The Gay and Lesbian American Music Awards. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  6. ^ Catie Curtis: A Crash Course in Roses, All Music. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  7. ^ Previous Winners, International Songwriting Competition. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
  8. ^ A Catie Curtis Christmas, Catie Curtis Website. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  9. ^ Kelly, Amy. "LISTEN: Legendary Out Musician Catie Curtis' New Love Song". http://www.shewired.com/. Retrieved June 19, 2014. 

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