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Finleyville, PA
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Portrait of Cathy Stewart
What everyone needs to know is that I am first and foremost a songwriter. I'd rather hear the voice I heard sing the song when I wrote it do it than mine. Ok, so I hear "voices", call the guys in the white coats and haul me off. I just sing for fun, and as long as its good enough not to make your ears bleed, I've done ok.

Cathy is a 1986 graduate of Duquesne University's School of Music, a trumpet major with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. Finding teaching jobs was difficult, so she pursued her other love and has had her own pet grooming business and raises champion beagles. Music finally had time to come back and make a new impact on her life.

She is registered with BMI as a songwriter/composer.

As to influences....
Let's see, there are so many, starting from my early years listening to and playing music by Clifford Brown, Miles, Bird, Maynard, Dixie Dregs, Matrix, and my rock influences of The Who, Skynnyrd, Zeppelin, CCR, Guns N' Roses, Creed, to country influences from Toby, Faith Hill, Wayne Warner, Josh Turner, Corbin Hanner, Sarah Evans, John Michael Montgomery, Johnny Cash, and the list goes on, to my education in classical music with Haydn being my favorite with Bach a close second, to my Christian favorites like Steven Curtis Chapman, Avalon, Point of Grace, plus a lot of old Country Gospel songs.
Going a little more into detail.....

Homer and Jethro and Wierd Al and Dr Demento taught me humor, Donny Osmond taught me how to match pitch, Billy Joel taught me to grow up and use the craft of words(we are talking Streetlife Seranade, Turnstiles, Cold Spring Harbor and The Stranger), John Denver taught me to find a little yee haw in my life and sparked me to learn guitar, Maynard Ferguson taught me to achieve the seemingly impossible, Bird, Trane, Prez, Clifford B, Jaco, Max R, Oscar P, Joe P, Chick, Joe Zawlinul, Stanley T, Woody, Satchmo, Brubeck etc, taught me passion for the way a tune "feels" to become a part of the creation as it happens through improvisation, and gave me a musical soul, The Dregs and Matrix taught me different is cool, Zeppelin, Skynnyrd, AC/DC, Aerosmith, and Guns n Roses taught me to rock, HARD....Pete, Rodger, Moonie and The Ox gave me a release for my angst, Dan Fogelburg and Mark Murphy showed me how powerfully music can effect one's desires, David Bowie showed me how to look past the wierdness and enjoy the musical ride, and Gordon Sumner the lesson of versatility. There are a hundred more, but this gives you an idea........and if you don't know who Gordon Sumner is....look it up!
 
 
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