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Otis Lee Crenshaw
Catherine Porter (born 1965) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is a former member of The Brian May Band and has appeared in several musicals and films. To date, Porter has released one album of solo material, Something Good, in 2002, and has also worked as a back-up singer for Queen, Tony Hadley, Edwin Starr, Kiki Dee, Paul Rodgers, Sam Moore, Mel B and Chaka Khan.
Her first big job was touring with Michael Crawford in The Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber, before being asked by Brian May, to join his backing band on an American tour supporting Guns N' Roses. She later retained the role on the UK leg of the tour, and appeared on both the 1993 live album Live At The Brixton Academy and his later 1998 solo record Another World. Porter also sang backing vocals on the 1995 Queen track "Let Me Live".
Her work with May brought Porter to London, which became her home for the following decade. She appeared in the West End in such plays as Only the Lonely, Sunset Boulevard (opposite John Barrowman and later Hugh Jackman), Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens and Ben Elton's Tonight's The Night.
In 2000, she attempted to become the United Kingdom's entry into the Eurovision Song Contest, with two songs shortlisted. Her composition "The Answer" was eliminated in a radio semi-final, but "Crazy" was selected for the TV heats. She failed to win the bid, losing out to Nicki French, who went on to finish 16th at the Eurovision final.
Throughout this period, Porter wrote songs and even at one point, provided jingles for BBC Radio 2, before landing a deal with Jive Records. However, after the release of one single and album, Porter parted ways with Jive. After relocating back to New York, getting married and becoming a mother, she recorded an album of standards with James Pearson, released as Gems for Ruby on the Swing Cafe label. One of the tracks is a cover of Queen's "Somebody to Love", featuring Brian May, which was released as a single.
On December 13, 2010, she joined the cast of the Broadway production of Next to Normal as the stand-in for the role of Diana.
The Brian May Band
- 1994: Roger Taylor, Happiness? - backing vocals on Old Friends
- 1995: Queen, Made in Heaven - backing vocals on Let Me Live
- 2001: Otis Lee Crenshaw & The Black Liars, London not Tennessee - duet vocals on "Trailerland" and "Conjugal Visit"