Wednesday 1 May 2002
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For folk-rock singer-songwriter Catie Curtis, honesty, insight and wit are the key elements to her recordings and her performances. She has the strength, sense of humor and ardor to cleanse the musical palette and make music lovers insatiably hungry for more.
Born and raised in Maine, folk-rock singer Catie Curtis remembers singing show tunes from the 1920s with her mother and sisters along the beach, first sparking her interest in music. By the time she was in high school, she had mastered the art of songwriting, playing guitar and beating drums. While enrolled at Brown University as a psychology major, she circulated some homemade demos that quickly made the rounds of the Rhode Island campus, and led to regular gigs at local coffeehouses. After graduating from Brown, Curtis decided to make music the main focus of her life and relocated to San Francisco. She worked diligently at perfecting her songwriting while also working as a waitress. She first developed her highly personable stage presence while attending and starring in open mic nights throughout Berkeley.
It wasn't until 1991 that Curtis independently released her debut album, From Years to Hours. By this time, she had transplanted to Boston where she worked as a social worker by day and a musician by night.
Curtis' popularity and acclaim has been growing steadily. She was nominated for the Boston Music Awards' "Outstanding New Acoustic Act," and New England Performer Magazine highlighted Truth From Lies, her 1995 Hear Music release, the best folk album of the year. Rolling Stone