“I think that what I have going for me is that I’m a cultural sponge,” says Catherine, referring to her experiences in music, teaching and life in general. “I am constantly surprised and flattered by how much my students like my music, given the iTunes universe we live in. Working with young people keeps me in touch with what they are interested in and listening to, and I’m always finding new music that I love. CBC Radio is great, especially for discovering Canadian artists.”
Catherine’s own playlists run the gamut from Nora Jones, Dala, Dan Mangan and Dallas Green to Crowded House, Tragically Hip, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Kathleen Edwards. Her own songs draw from personal experience which is universal: love, loss, life’s hard lessons. Idealism and skepticism play tug of war in “I Did, I Will, I Do” and “Say That You Want Me”, upbeat love songs of ‘goodbye’ and ‘hello’ respectively. “You’re Still Mine” is an anthem of unconditional love, and “With You” and “Fly” struggle with the need to be yourself and chase your dreams.
On Letting Go, Catherine was joined by renowned Quebecois bassist Alain Caron on “Fly”, and guitar guru Tim Bovaconti on several tracks. She is currently working with Johnny Johnson (saxophone) and Devrim Eldelekli (guitar) on her new recording. Catherine is loving the experience. “Get the best people you can and stay out of their way, because you never know what magic will happen to your songs.”
For the new album, Catherine has been writing “just outside my comfort zone,” she laughs, inspired by a short film script, the lives of teenaged girls, and “our rapacious consumer society.” “Message to You”, a bonus track included in the new mix of Letting Go, featuring Johnny Johnson on soprano sax, is a co-write with producer Alan Hardiman, written for a film by James Cooper currently in pre-production.
“Co-writing is new for me, and I am excited by the challenges and rewards of getting creative with other artists—players, songwriters, producers and filmmakers.” Fans can expect a new CD release in 2011, including some surprises. “There’s some pretty heavy rock guitar on a couple of the tracks, and a string section on a pop ballad, so I’m branching out. My ears are definitely bigger now. We’re also looking at a full-on bluegrass treatment for one track, so hang on to your cowboy hats!”
Catherine is looking forward to a busy summer playing and recording, and as always, writing new songs. “I never know where the next song will take me, and that’s what keeps it fresh.”
Doug Cotton - Drums
Jack Gelbloom - Piano & Keyboards
Alan Hardiman - Bass & Guitar
CD EP Letting Go, released fall 2009. Tracks can be downloaded at iTunes & CD Baby.
The EP features virtuoso bassist Alain Caron, pianist Jack Gelbloom, drummer Doug Cotton, guitarist Tim Bovaconti and multi-instrumentalist Alan Hardiman.
Catherine is in the studio preparing to release another CD in 2011. She is also working on a short film project.
For more information, visit www.catbacque.com.
Original Songs include: Stand, I Did I Will I Do, Fly, With You, Say That You Want Me, Gone, You're Still Mine, Emily, When I Found You, Blacktop Down, Just Because, First Mistake, Soar Away, Dangerous Eyes, Long Distance Blues, Stand, Love Me, What Makes Me Call, When You Kiss Me
Covers Include: Building A Mystery, Angel (Sarah McLachlan), Strong Enough (Sheryl Crow), Big Yellow Taxi, Raised On Robbery (Joni Mitchell), Masquerade (Leon Russell), Walking After Midnight (Patsy Cline).
2 sets of 40- 60 minutes each