Curtis Stigers

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Curtis Stigers
Curtis Stigers performs at the Wigan Jazz Festival in 2010.
Curtis Stigers performs at the Wigan Jazz Festival in 2010.
Background information
Born (1965-10-18) October 18, 1965 (age 58)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
OriginBoise, Idaho, U.S.
GenresJazz, adult contemporary, soft rock[1][2]
Instrument(s)Vocals, saxophone, guitar
LabelsArista, Columbia, Concord Jazz

Curtis Stigers (born October 18, 1965) is an American jazz singer. He achieved a number of hits in the early 1990s, most notably the international hit "I Wonder Why" (1991), which reached No. 5 in the UK and No. 9 in the US.


Stigers was born in Hollywood, California, and grew up in Boise, Idaho.[3] He started his music career as a teenager, playing in rock and blues bands, as well as receiving an education in clarinet and saxophone in high school in Boise.[4] He acquired much of his motivation for pursuing jazz from jam sessions led by Gene Harris at the Idanha Hotel. His song "Swingin' Down at Tenth and Main" is a tribute to those times with Harris. After receiving his diploma, he moved to New York City, intending to become a rock musician.[4] But he spent more time in jazz clubs singing and playing saxophone.[4]

Arista released his debut album, which achieved multi-platinum sales.[4] His combination of rock and soul was also popular on the soundtrack to the movie The Bodyguard, which contained his version of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding" by Nick Lowe.[4] Concord Jazz released Baby Plays Around, an album that included Chris Minh Doky and Randy Brecker.[4] He recorded several more jazzy albums for Concord before turning to the country flavor of Let's Go Out Tonight with cover versions of songs by Steve Earle, Richard Thompson, and Hayes Carll.[4]

He has worked with Elton John, Eric Clapton, Prince, Bonnie Raitt, Rod Stewart, The Allman Brothers Band and Joe Cocker. He sang a duet with Julia Fordham on her re-recording of "Where Does the Time Go?" on the 1998 compilation album The Julia Fordham Collection.[5]

His song "I Wonder Why" reached No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart[6] and No. 9 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1991,[7] while "You're All That Matters to Me" reached No. 6 as the follow-up single in the UK.[6] In 2006, Stigers participated in the BBC Television show Just the Two of Us, where he sang with journalist Penny Smith. He was one of the soloists at a concert celebrating the MGM musical during the 2009 Proms season. His song "This Life" was for the American television show Sons of Anarchy. He also sang "John the Revelator" for the season one finale.[8]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label Peak chart positions Certifications


1991 Curtis Stigers Arista 101 1 27 24 7
1995 Time Was 25 34
1999 Brighter Days Columbia
2001 Baby Plays Around Concord Jazz 24
2002 Secret Heart 18
2003 You Inspire Me
2005 I Think It's Going to Rain Today 16
2007 Real Emotional Concord
2009 Lost in Dreams 39
2012 Let's Go Out Tonight Concord Jazz 22
2014 Hooray for Love 64
2017 One More for the Road
(live album; with the Danish Radio Big Band)
2020 Gentleman EmArcy
2022 This Life
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

  • All That Matters – The Best of Curtis Stigers (Camden, 2001)
  • The Best of 1991 – 1999 (Sony BMG, 2005)
  • The Collection (Concord, 2006) (UK #50)[12]


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Pop

1991 "I Wonder Why" 9 5 43 4 4 11 9 25 5 Curtis Stigers
1992 "You're All That Matters to Me" 98 17 32 11 83 6
"Sleeping with the Lights On" 96 53
"Never Saw a Miracle" 107 5 34
1995 "This Time" 28 Time Was
"Keep Me from the Cold" 57
1996 "Everytime You Cry"
1999 "End of the Afternoon" Brighter Days
"To Be Loved"
2007 "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" Real Emotional
2012 "Things Have Changed" Let's Go Out Tonight
2020 "Gentleman" Gentleman
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


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  2. ^ Loudon, Christopher (March 2004). "Jazz Articles: Curtis Stigers: Curtis Plays Around". JazzTimes. Archived from the original on June 16, 2012. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Bio - Curtis Stigers | Singer, Songwriter, Saxophonist". Retrieved January 20, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Phares, Heather. "Curtis Stigers". AllMusic. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  5. ^ Richardson, Andy (July 6, 2018). "Curtis Stigers talks about Sinatra and all that jazz ahead of his show in Birmingham". Express & Star.
  6. ^ a b c Betts, Graham (2004). Complete UK Hit Singles 1952–2004 (1st ed.). London: Collins. p. 749. ISBN 0-00-717931-6.
  7. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles 1955–2002 (1st ed.). Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 680. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
  8. ^ Ellwood-Hughes, Pip (June 9, 2018). "Curtis Stigers announces Manchester RNCM Theatre show for October". Entertainment Focus.
  9. ^ a b c d "Curtis Stigers - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  10. ^ a b "Discografie Curtis Stigers". Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  11. ^ a b "Discography Curtis Stigers". Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  12. ^ a b c "CURTIS STIGERS songs and albums". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  13. ^ "Curtis Stigers - Curtis Stigers (album)". Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  14. ^ "Curtis Stigers – I Wonder Why". Retrieved October 18, 2022.
  15. ^ "Discografie Curtis Stigers". (in Dutch). Retrieved November 11, 2023.
  16. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know".
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