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"Bolton releases CD of favorites"

Bolton releases CD of favorites Singer-songwriter Cathy Bolton’s eighth recording takes her “Back To My Roots” with a collection of folk and country songs she learned to play on the guitar as a teen. She’s been performing around the country and internationally for 16 years. “Back To My Roots” is the fifth recording Bolton has done with friend, engineer, co-producer and co-arranger Jim Fischer from Vancouver, WA. The title track is a creation of Bolton and Fischer. Bolton wrote the lyrics and Fischer, the music. The rest of the album includes well-known songs that audiences sing along with. - L'Anse Sentinel


Cathy Bolton uses music to touch the soul

Making connections
Cathy Bolton uses music to touch the soul

CAPTION: Kelly Fosness/Daily Mining Gazette

Local musician Cathy Bolton is seen on the Houghton Waterfront Wednesday. She will be performing at Daniell Park in Laurium Thursday evening.


L’ANSE — Bringing light and inspiration into the lives and hearts of those she meets is a gift Cathy Bolton will never take for granted.

“Music is not about the competition, fame and fortune of it,” she said. “It’s about touching hearts in a different, and special way. I love the big stage, but it’s the intimate rooms where I can look into their eyes, see their tears and feel their chills — that’s what I love.”

On Thursday, Bolton will be performing an outdoor concert at Daniell Park in Laurium at 7 p.m. And because she likes to feel close to her audience, Bolton said rather than setting up on stage, she’s hoping to perform directly on the ground near her fans.

Growing up in Baraga County, Bolton started singing at the young age of 6. As time passed, she learned to play the guitar and by 13, Bolton gave her first public performance.

“By the time I reached junior high, I wondered ‘Where do I go?’” she explained. “‘Do I continue in this path?’”

Inspired by the works of Bob Dylan, and later Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton, she went for it.

“They’re making a living at it, so I decided to do it,” she said.

Moving away from her hometown, Bolton landed in Minnesota where she continued her solo career before joining with a local pop/rock band, performing selections from some of her favorites including Fleetwood Mac, Linda Ronstadt, Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez and Judy Collins among others. Bolton spent a part of her life living in Wisconsin and southern Oregon. She was performing on a local level, occasionally traveling to Nashville to open for recording artists Dan Seals and Toby Keith.

For the past nine years, Bolton has been traveling around the country, Canada and Australia with Neale Donald Walsch, the author of “Conversations with God,” performing prior to his lectures. Bolton said she’s blessed by the souls with whom she’s crossed paths including actor and friend, the late Dennis Weaver, who asked her to write music to accompany his poem “Dream Your Eagle.”

To date, Bolton has released seven easy listening/inspirational albums, with her latest “Angels and Eagles,” coming out last week.

The title track, Bolton said, is a tribute to her late husband Tim, one of the first loves of 30-some years.

“Music is my saving grace,” she said. “It is a gift that moves through me. Everything we do, everything we are, are our gifts from the Creator. I think everything is a gift that we deliver and mine happens to be music.”

Bolton said much of the music she writes includes positive messages about life. She also enjoys performing inspirational covers like “I Believe I Can Fly,” “Angel,” “You Raise Me Up,” and a number of John Denver hits like “I Want to Live,” and “The Wings that Fly Us Home.”

Bolton has been making a living off of her music for the past 14 years. She said one of the reasons she enjoys it more and more each day is because of the people she meets and the hearts she connects with.

“I believe we are all in this life together,” she said. “One of the things I tell my audiences during the show is that ‘I couldn’t do what I came to this lifetime to do if it weren’t for you, and you couldn’t do what you came here to do if it weren’t for me. We connect the circle. For me, my music connects me with people.”

Referring to one of her favorite songs, “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bolton said it’s that feeling of “connectedness” that keeps her going.

“Because we are the wind beneath each other’s wings,” she said.

For more information about Cathy Bolton or to purchase her music visit Her music is also available at Good Times Music in Houghton, the L’Anse Sentinel and during performances.

Kelly Fosness can be reached at

- Daily Mining Gazette - Houghton Michigan


With eight (8) music albums to her credit:
The first being recorded in 1992 - 10 original songs with the album being titled CHANGES in CD format and Cassette
The second was released in 1994 - 6 originals 4 cover tunes the title being IN THE GARDEN
The third was released in 1996 - 3 originals with 3 cover tunes and 4 songs written by fellow songwriters - Album title THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS (and yes! ANOTHER rendition of title track!)
The fourth was released in 1998 - a collaboration album with fellow songwriter Don Eaton and titled CONVERSATIONS with GOD
The fifth was released in 2000 - a Christmas album with the title track being original - CHRISTMAS LOVE.
The sixth was released in 2002 - FROM THE HEART with 2 originals and 12 cover tunes
The seventh was released in 2006 - ANGELS & EAGLES with 5 originals and 9 cover tunes. The title track was written in tribute to her husband, Tim, who died in a plane crash in July of 2005
The eighth album was released in September of 2008 - BACK TO MY ROOTS - a Folk Album - a masterpiece with songs from Peter Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, John Denver and the title track being an original tune.
A selection from ANGELS & EAGLES was a poem written by Cathy's dear friend, the late, great Dennis Weaver to which he invited Cathy to put to music. It received radio air play and was considered for a 51st annual Grammy Award. "Although it was not chosen for a nomination it was an honor for me to have a song receive consideration!"
4 of her pieces were featured on two WINDHAM HILL collaboration CDs along with music by Yanni, George Winston, Jim Brickman and other amazing artists. These music albums are available in music and book stores around the world. The titles of these two albums are Conversations with God - Disc Two, and Communion with God - both non-religious, yet highly spiritual.



IN OTHER'S WORDS.....................Cathy's Friend, the late, great Dennis Weaver, Actor, Environmentalist, Author and Human Being Extraordinaire said about his friend, "Cathy's music speaks to your heart and sings to your soul!"
HiSTORY...........Singing since she was a little girl, Cathy says, "I came in singing, and have been singing ever since. There is a song for every thing, and every experience of life, and much is worth singing about!" STYLE.....................Folk and country are her roots, and folk was her prominent choice throughout her teen years. She is self taught on the guitar - picking it up at the age of 13 and learning any song that resonated with her and that she felt she could do justice to. Pop Rock & light Blues adds extra flavor to her style.
MUSICAL INFLUENCES.......................... Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Peter Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Linda Rostadt and Carly Simon were major influences. Later, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Reba McEntire and other such country artists became among her favorites. While working with bands in the mid to late 80's Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Patty Smyth and Chrissie Hynde influenced her style for more upbeat musical performances.
THE JOURNEY............"I kept going back to solo work in between putting bands together and working with them. When it was obvious that most players weren't as serious about this being their livelihood, I stayed with the solo work, which has assisted in making my living for 16 years now. It is with Gratitude that I continue my solo work as fans around the globe respond with appreciation. Having traveled to, and performed for audiences in, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia and the United States, opportunities to meet thousands of people continue.
CONCERT OPENERS..............Opening in concert for Dan Seals and Toby Keith, and sharing the stage with many seasoned recording artists only continues to satisfy her appetite for more of the same.
SONGWRITING..............Cathy's song writing is about life experiences, the good, and the not-so-good. It seems to touch people as they relate through whatever experience they are in the midst of. "We're all in this game of life together and music makes it easier to get through some of the tough stuff. I am honored to have my music do that for folks.
And the fun stuff? There's plenty of humor, and plenty of fun music to go with it."
Cathy is currently touring in support of her latest release BACK TO MY ROOTS - A Folk Album, her 8th recording.