born and raised in Saco, Maine, began playing guitar and writing songs
at the age of 15. Trading back and forth between her high top sneakers
and her 6-string acoustic, Catie spent as much time during her college
years playing hoops with the Brown women's basketball team as she did
playing her songs at the campus coffeehouse. After graduation, Catie
moved to San Francisco, CA, waitressing at a diner by day and writing
songs by night. A year later, Catie succumbed to the pull of her New
England roots, finding a home in the thriving Boston acoustic music
scene. While employed for a few years as a social worker, Catie
recorded From Years To Hours and Truth From Lies on her own indie
label. In 1996, EMI/Guardian Records signed Catie and released Truth
From Lies internationally. Her eponymous second album with Guardian
contained the single "Soulfully," and helped break Catie into the
national spotlight. The New Yorker deemed her a "folk-rock goddess,"
and a career was officially launched.
Since then, Catie has toured with Lilith Fair, and with artists such as
Dar Williams and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her songs have appeared in
numerous television shows (Dawson's Creek, Felicity, Grey's Anatomy,
and Alias), and independent films (500 Miles to Graceland, A Slipping
Down Life). She tours steadily, headlining clubs, theaters and acoustic
listening rooms, building and nurturing a strong and loyal fan base
around the US and Europe. She released two records on Rykodisc Records,
"A Crash Course in Roses" (1999) and "My Shirt Looks Good on You"
(2001-from which the single "Kiss that Counted" won a Boston Music
Award). Catie released "Acoustic Valentine" on her own Sam the Pug
Records in 2003. "Dreaming in Romance Languages" was released on
Vanguard in 2004, and Catie has recently recorded a new CD, entitled
"Long Night Moon," which will be released in August of 2006. She was
recently awarded the 2005 International Songwriting Competition's Grand
Prize for a song from the upcoming CD which she co-wrote with Mark
Erelli. The song, "People Look Around," is about social issues and
Hurricane Katrina. It took top honors among 15,000 songs from 82
Catie lives in the greater Boston, Massachusetts area with her partner and two daughters.