Courtney Fortune

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Courtney Fortune
Birth name Courtney Fortune
Origin Seattle, Washington
Genres pop
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Labels Origin Records
Associated acts

Chris Walden

Alex Nahai

Courtney Fortune is an American singer/songwriter from Seattle, Washington. Her musical style is categorized as crossover jazz and pop, drawing upon a long list of vintage and modern influences.[citation needed] Her voice is often compared to singers like Peggy Lee, Eva Cassidy and Norah Jones.[1]


“The proof is in her music,” One wrote of American singer/songwriter Courtney Fortune, “[She] delves into the bitterness of heartbreak with a distinctly nostalgic flair, a smooth homage to timeless jazz greats embellished with Fortune’s distinctive pop fusion.” A Seattle native, Courtney Fortune began cultivating her crossover style at an early age while performing at cabaret clubs and rock venues around town. She performed across Japan and the UK,[2] before moving to Los Angeles, where she attended and graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Industry.

In 2009 Courtney met seven-time Grammy nominated producer/arranger Chris Walden. Together they released her debut jazz album “Speak Love”, driven by original work and those co-written with the celebrated composer. She also performed as the featured vocalist of the Grammy nominated Chris Walden Big Band.[3] Courtney received the Brian Wilson Musical Achievement Award from the University of Southern California, as well as Glamour Magazine’s “Top Ten College Women of the Year” honor in 2009.[4] In November 2013 she performed at TEDx in Manhattan Beach. And in January she will become the featured artist at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, for a three month residency engagement.[5]

Courtney Fortune has been recognized by MTV, The John Lennon Foundation, GENLUX Magazine, and has performed alongside Garrison Keillor of A Prairie Home Companion. She is currently at work on her new EP of original music, set for release this year.[6]


  • Speak Love (2009)
  • New album set for release in 2014[7]


  1. ^ Addicted to Noise
  2. ^ Monaghan, Peter (June 2006). "Courtney Fortune: Our Voice in Kobe" (PDF). Earshot Jazz. 
  3. ^ Dryden, Carley (2007-02-15). "Fortune telling". Daily Trojan. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  4. ^ Zammet-Ruddy, Erin (2009-09-01). "Glamour's 2009 Top 10 College Women". Glamour Magazine. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
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