Please note: The Susan Cattaneo concert is cancelled and will be rescheduled for spring or fall 2014. St. John's Coffeehouse is on vacation for the month of August. See you on September 14 at the Bluegrasss Gospel Project show! =========================================================== Susan Cattaneo's hometown stomping ground was not the Deep South, Nashville, Texas, or Bakersfield. It was suburban New Jersey. She grew up singing around the family dinner table with her parents and three siblings. "We were like the von Trapps of New Jersey," she says. "But I never thought I could do music as a real job."
Well, that she has done and is doing. Cattaneo has been a songwriting and voice professor at Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music for 13 years. She's written songs covered by numerous artists in Nashville, and her tunes helped launch the careers of Jillian Cardanelli and Erica Nicole. Cattaneo, the singer-songwriter, has released three albums of mostly upbeat, catchy pop-country music, "Brave and Wild," in 2009, "Heaven to Heartache" in 2011 and "Little Blue Sky" in 2012. You'll hear a blend of country, rock and soul with sparkles of blues and folk music that would slide into the comfort zone for fans of Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter or Sheryl Crow.
Cattaneo knows how to craft a lyric and pen a hook, to marry lyric and melody. On her albums, she says, "I did mainstream country songs I originally wrote for others, and I found myself a mainstream country artist. The single 'Girls Night Out' from 'Heaven to Heartache' charted. Some people wanted another single like that. And I wondered, 'Is that really me?'" The answer she came up with: Not quite. The music she's pursuing now is going down a darker, more brooding path. Cattaneo has finished a new batch of songs, she began the recording process in March and will put out an album in the late fall of 2013. If she had to pick a genre, she'd call it Americana, in the broadest definition of the term: music that encompasses all the genres of the great American tradition: country, blues and folk. This is her first album where she wrote every song with herself in mind, not with the idea that another artists would sing it.
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