Courtney Farquhar

Courtney Farquhar

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkPop

A very unique and talented singer/songwriter based in Toronto, Canada, Courtney has engaged audiences in sold-out venues. She turned heads with her single "That's What Happens", released on Warner's "Women and Songs 7". Her presence demands attention and her music is just downright infectious.

Biography

"Nowhere I'd Rather Be", Courtney Farquhar's debut full-length album is captivating right from the very first note. She opens up her heart and soul in a series of unforgettable songs that conjure up beautiful images and lure you into her world. 

Produced by Ben Riley and Dylan Heming, this album blends pop, folk, country, and a hint of jazz resulting in a unique sound that distills the essence of Courtney’s love for music. "The recording of this album was such an amazing experience. Everything came together so naturally and I feel that it’s evident in the outcome of the project. It's an honest record, the real deal."

Dreamy yet down to earth, the title track feels like you're floating through a love story you never want to end. This duet with Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith is a song that is timeless and universal. "I have been an admirer of Sexsmith’s for years. He is so inspiring. Having him on this album is a dream come true".

"We're All the Same" and "Man Like You" are more upbeat and edgy whereas "How I Got Here", a slow and sultry waltz, leaves your heart an open door. "Eyes Painted Blue", sung with guest Mary Margaret O'Hara, channels the mood of Patsy Cline and evokes a sense of nostalgic bliss. Courtney's songwriting captures so many of the feelings we go through in life and love and, when interwoven with her voice and guitar, reveals an undeniable wealth of talent.

In 2004 the authenticity of her voice and music brought Courtney to the attention of Garry Newman, former CEO of Warner Music Canada. Her song, "That's What Happens" was included and released on Warner's 'Women and Songs 7' album, which immediately went platinum in Canada. Shortly afterward, Courtney recorded, co-produced and released her first 6 song EP, which enabled her to tour throughout Canada and Europe. "Somewhere Else", the last song on her EP, was placed in an episode of Fox's television series "Army Wives" in the U.S.

Courtney’s ingenuity is inspiring, her lyrics scintillating, and her live performances never-to-be-forgotten. "Nowhere I'd Rather Be" is an album that will most assuredly have you coming back for more.

Lyrics

I know Better

Written By: Courtney Farquhar

I know better

it's coming hard it's coming quick
can't find a way to calm the storm
but if I had one more day
I'd change your mind and you would stay

I know it seems like it should be simple
our love is anything but that
so I run to catch up
just to find I'm out of luck

Chorus
and I know better
I know better

If I sound unforgiving
it's cause I'm not sure what to say
still I know you're the one
who defends all the things that I've done

I put my heart in my pocket
so you don't have to see
how I feel here today
cause my heart is put away

Chorus
and I know better
I know better
I know better
I know better

Bridge
if I could have one thing
it'd be to make time stand still
and you would see me standing here
in front of you
to be with you, you, you, you, you, you

It's coming hard it's coming quick
can't find a way to calm the storm
but if I had one more day
I'd change your mind and you would stay
oh I'd change your mind and you would stay

From The Start

Written By: Courtney Farquhar

From The Start

to my napoleon you played the perfect josephine
and through the changing winds you'd only see what you'd believe

now true to history it would seem your turn has come
and in your loyal hand you hold the smoking gun

I will only break your heart
I will only break your heart
if you knew me you'd have known this from the start

known it from the start

and now it's not the time or place for sentimental words
just looking at your face says more than any poet could

I will only break your heart
I will only break your heart
if you knew me you'd have known this from the start

I will only break your heart
and we're better off apart
if you knew me you'd have known this from the start

this country's marked with battle lines and trenches deep
we're caught despite the warning signs no glory gained no victory day

I will only break your heart
I will only break your heart
if you knew me you'd have known this from the start

I will only break your heart
and we're better off apart
if you knew me you'd have known this from the start
known it from the start

know it from the start

Eyes Painted Blue

Written By: Courtney Farquhar

There are things that I know
that I learned long ago
and it seems they were all untrue

cause then you came along
you put the heart in my song
and I hear it every time I think of you

you with your eyes painted blue
sets me in a spin into this state I'm in
mmmm one thing I know for sure
is that I'm meant to be
be you girl

there's no one, no way
could ever take me away
from you my love so true

you're the light in my sky
your the apple of my eye
I can't wait to tell the world
that I love you

you with your eyes painted blue
sets me in a spin into this state I'm in
mmmm one thing I know for sure
is that I'm meant to be
be your girl

and oh, the simple mistakes
that we all make
are gone in the morning
and that's the thing about love
you get caught off guard
and fall without warning

you with your eyes painted blue
sets me in a spin into this state I'm in
mmmm one thing I know for sure
is that I'm meant to be
be your girl

you with your eyes painted blue
sets me in a spin into this state I'm in
mmmm one thing I know for sure
is that I'm meant to be
be your girl, be your girl, be your girl

Discography

The single 'That's What Happens', released on Warner Music's 'Women and Songs 7'. Over 100,000 copies sold to date.

Released first 6 song EP, "All My Friends Are Superheroes" - March 2006

Released full length album, "Nowhere I'd Rather Be" November 2009

Contributed background vocals on Royal Woods latest release "The Waiting" 2010

Contributed background vocals on Peter Katz latest release - "The first of the last to know" 2010

Vocals on 5 tracks of the 2008 Planet Earth CD entitled "20 Miles From Buffalo" - released August '08

Vocals on K.I.A. album "...adieu shinjuku zulu..." 2002 'Box The Gnat" track 6.

Vocals on K.I.A. album "Sonorous Susurrus" 2004 "Sensation" track 4

Set List

Shows last for aproximately one hour. Courtney plays solo acoustic shows as well as full band shows. The set includes all original music with a few covers scattered throughout.