Courtney Jaye

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Courtney Jaye
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Background information
Birth name Courtney Jaye Goldberg
Born (1978-02-15) February 15, 1978 (age 38)
Origin Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Indie
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter

Courtney Jaye is an American singer/songwriter.


Courtney Jaye Goldberg was born on February 15, 1978 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to Alpharetta, Georgia, when she was a freshman in high school. It was at this time she discovered The Grateful Dead and Neil Young, and also began to play the guitar. After becoming immersed in the bohemian culture, she headed out west and lived in the mountain town of Flagstaff, Arizona. She worked as an acupuncturist's assistant by day and performed in a bluegrass band at night.

Over the years, she has lived on the Hawaiian island of Kauai as well as in music cities such as Austin, Los Angeles, and finally Nashville, Tennessee. Along the way, she signed her first record deal with Island Records in 2004 and released Traveling Light containing her first single "Can't Behave" in June 2005. She performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and toured the country on a radio promotional tour. The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers on June 25, 2005.

Collaborations: Courtney has collaborated with many musicians over the years including Gary Louris of The Jayhawks,[1] Matthew Sweet,[2] Peter Hayes of BRMC,[3] Kristen Hall,[4] Rhett Miller, Tift Merritt,[5] Taj Mahal,[6] Thad Cockrell,[7] Floating Action, Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Dallas Green, Emily Saliers of The Indigo Girls and Butch Walker.

On January 12, 2010 she released the independent album, The Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye The Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye, which features the duet "Sometimes Always" with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses. The album was released on Jaye's imprint Tropicali Records and was produced by Seth Kauffman (Floating Action), with additional production by Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses), and was mixed by Joe Pisapia.[citation needed]

In February 2011, she made an appearance in the video for Super Furry Animal’s lead singer Gruff Rhys’s song, “Sensations in the Dark”, off his album Hotel Shampoo, via Witchita Recordings. She was featured as a background vocalist on the Dan Auerbach produced album from Ohio artist, Brian Olive. The record was released on Alive Records, June 2011. In November 2012, she appeared as a featured guest/backing vocalist on comedian Stephen Lynch's album Lion, produced by Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin). In

In spring 2013, she released Love and Forgiveness, produced by CMA/Grammy Award winning producer Mike Wrucke (Miranda Lambert “Revolution”). The album was tracked live in L.A. over the course of four days. In December 2013, ”Love and Forgiveness” was recognized as one of the Top 50 Albums Of 2013 by American Songwriter.


  • Traveling Light (Island, 2005)
  • Til it Bleeds (Independent, 2006)
  • Who'll Stop The Rain (AO Recordings, 2007)
  • The 'Exotic Sounds of Courtney Jaye (Tropicali Records, 2010)
  • Love and Forgiveness (2013)



  1. ^ Profile,; retrieved December 1, 2009.
  2. ^ Matthew Sweet profile,, February 19, 2009.
  3. ^ Peter Hayes profile,; accessed December 4, 2015.
  4. ^ Kristen Hall official website,; accessed December 4, 2015.
  5. ^ [1]; retrieved December 1, 2009.
  6. ^ Taj Mahal (musician) profile,; accessed December 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Thad Cockrell,, November 2, 2009; retrieved December 1, 2009.

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