Cathy Hutch

Cathy Hutch

 Saint John, New Brunswick, CAN
BandRockClassic Rock

Cathy is a multi-talented performer who writes, sings, and plays from the core of her being. Imagine Melissa Etheridge, Serena Ryder and Pat Benatar as one entity: passion, power and mature sensuality in one package. Whether performing solo, or with other musicians, Cathy will enthrall you!

Biography

Cathy Hutch (Hutchinson) was born in New Brunswick, Canada, and started teaching herself to play the guitar by the age of nine. At eleven, she was writing songs, poetry and short stories, and over the years, Cathy additionally taught herself to play several other instruments and went on to play them in various dance bands throughout the ‘80’s.

After a 16 year hiatus from performing in order to raise her daughter Kristy, who has profound autism, Cathy returned to the music scene in 2005. Two years later she found herself in Nashville to record her debut album of 10 original songs. Her first single; "I'm In Here" was co-written and sung with B.J. McKelvie, a fellow parent of an autistic child; this song was adopted as the anthem for "Run The Dream"; a cross-Canada run by Jonathon Howard in order to raise funding and awareness for people living with autism. Her follow-up single, "I'm Not Afraid Anymore" is a toe-tapping country-rocker about chasing your dreams that gets folks out on the dance floor every time!

Cathy Hutch lives in Darlings Island, NB and divides her time between her two passions, music and photography; advocating for autism awareness and Chrysalis House (a shelter for homeless young women for which she penned the song “Not Goin’ Back”) and enjoying time with her family and friends. She is the recipient of the 2008 Dianne London Award for most outstanding female artist who contributes to her community, and of an "Oscar for Autism" award for her song "I'm In Here".

Lyrics

I'm In Here

Written By: Cathy Hutch/BJ McKelvie

I’M IN HERE
© Cathy Hutch & B.J. McKelvie (SOCAN)

BJ and I are both parents of children living with autism, and this song was borne of our intense desire not only to help them, but to provide funding and awareness for all families struggling with this pervasive disorder.

With every breaking dawn a brand new child is born
Someday they’ll be full of hopes and dreams
It won’t be very long till they move out on their own
Cause that’s the way that life’s supposed to be
But something isn’t right, there’s a lost look in their eyes
They’re crying out why can’t you just see

I’m in here when the joy turns to crying
See the world through my eyes for just a moment in time
I’m in here, oh don’t you know I’m trying
To find the way to show you who I am

And so, through the years
Through triumph and through tears
These are the ones who make their own way
They touch you deep inside
Where your love just cannot hide
Just open your heart and hear them say

I’m in here when the joy turns to crying
See the world through my eyes for just a moment in time
I’m in here, oh don’t you know I’m trying
To find the way to show you who I am

Oh the world can be cruel in my times of desperation
Can’t find the words to express how I feel
So I strike out in pain and frustration
I might not speak but my feelings are so clear, I’m in here

I’m in here when the joy turns to crying
See the world through my eyes for just a moment in time
I’m in here oh don’t you know I’m trying
To find the way to show you who I am

I'm Not Afraid Anymore

Written By: Cathy Hutch

I’M NOT AFRAID ANYMORE
© Cathy Hutch (SOCAN)

I’ve been down a road or three
Didn’t always do what was best for me
I’ve been trapped in a prison called fear
Too damned scared to break away from here

I’m trying to tell you
I’ve thrown away the keys and broken down the door
‘Cause I’m not afraid anymore, ‘cause I’m not afraid anymore

Life’s too short to live it in chains
Conformist living leads to sad remains
Just do what you love and set your spirit free
Follow your passion and you will see

I’m trying to tell you
To throw away the keys and break down your door
And don’t be afraid anymore

I’m trying to tell you
I’ve thrown away the keys and broken down the door
‘Cause I’m not afraid anymore, don’t be afraid anymore
Don’t be afraid anymore, ‘cause I’m not afraid anymore

Lonely Today

Written By: Cathy Hutch

LONELY TODAY
© Cathy Hutch (SOCAN)

Sitting bored and lonely wondering why I’m the only one who feels so sad
The sky’s bright and sunny but Lord I tell ya honey
I’ve never felt so bad
There’s no one to talk to but why should I care?
‘Cause if someone finally listened they’d just tell me what I’m missin’
And that don’t get me nowhere

I’m just another lonely woman, it’s another lonely day
I’m just another lonely woman, it’s another lonely day
And I say what the hell when I know very well there’s no reason to feel this way
But I’m lonely today, I’m so lonely

It’s hard to explain why my heart’s so full of rain when there isn’t a cloud in the sky
People come and go but Lord don’t ya know
I still sit here and cry
I had someone to talk to but now they’ve gone away
And the lovin’ that I’m missin’, the huggin’ and the kissin’
I only live for yesterday ‘cause it’s so lonely today
I’m so lonely today

And I say what the hell when I know very well there’s no reason to feel this way
But I’m so lonely today, I’m lonely today, I’m so lonely, I’m lonely

Not Goin' Back

Written By: Cathy Hutch

NOT GOIN’ BACK
©Cathy Hutch (SOCAN)

I wrote this song in March of 2007 as a fundraiser for Chrysalis House, which is a shelter for homeless young women at risk in the community. If the words could give just one frightened individual the strength to walk away from an abusive situation, then I will consider this song to be a success.

I’m not goin’ back to you, it doesn’t matter what you do
I don’t care what you have to say, I can’t believe a word anyway
No I’m not goin’ back to you, the party’s over this game is through
I’m tired of being just a pawn for you and I’m gonna walk away

Take your ego and anger right out the door
I’m not gonna be controlled by it anymore
Maybe someday you’ll know what strength is for
Oh just watch me walk away, and I’m not goin’ back to you
I said I’m not goin’ back to you

Maybe someday you’ll know what strength is for
Just watch me walk away

I’m not goin’ back to you, it doesn’t matter what your friends might say
They never cared about me anyway, and I’m leaving you today, so listen!
No more lying no more stealing no more using no more dealing
No turning tricks to get a fix, I’m through with that, I said I’m not going back

Just take your ego and anger right out the door
I’m not gonna be abused by you anymore
Maybe someday you’ll know what strength is for
Just watch me walk away, and I’m not goin’ back to you
I said I’m not goin’ back to you, I really mean it this time we’re through
I’m walkin’, I’m not goin’ back
I’m walkin’, I’m not goin’ back

Know It All (Solo Demo Version)

Written By: Cathy Hutch

Well here I go again
Defending myself, trying to pretend
That I agree with anything you say
But it doesn't matter; you know it all anyway

Cause you think, you think time is gonna change my mind
You're sure you know me so well
But I think you're gonna find, I've got a story to tell
You think I'm just a waste of time, and set me up for the fall
Well I know that you're wasting mine
Cause you don't know me, you don't know me at all

So what's it gonna be
Oh I'll go the distance, oh yeah you're gonna see
That I've got a dream, a dream I'm gonna make come true
And it doesn't matter what you say or do (Repeat Chorus)

Don't tell me I can't do this
And don't tell me I can't feel this
It's just an old bill of goods that you're trying to sell
Cause you don't know me, you don't know me that well
But you think you know it all

Discography

"Not Goin' Back" - Cathy's debut album containing 10 original tracks released in March, 2008.

Features her single for autism awareness, called "I'm In Here", and her second single titled "I'm Not Afraid Anymore", both of which have received Canada-wide airplay.

Set List

Cathy's typical setlist consists of her original material - a mixture of contemporary country, rock and roll and sultry blues. Her covers include everything from time-honoured favorites by the Eagles, Melissa Etheridge, Bee Gees, Alanna Miles, The Guess Who, Beatles, etc., to more current artists such as Serena Ryder and Jann Arden. She normally plays three 1-hour sets in an evening.