Cathy's Friend, the late, great Dennis Weaver, Actor, Environmentalist, Author and Human Being Extraordinaire said about his friend, "Cathy's music speaks to your heart and sings to your soul!
"I came into this world singing, and have been singing ever since. There is a song for everything, and every experience of life, and ALL is worth singing about!"
Folk and country are my roots, and folk music was my prominent choice throughout my teen years. Being self taught on the guitar - picking it up at the age of 13 - I learned most any song that resonated with me and that I felt I could do justice to.
Pop Rock & light Blues also influence my style.
Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Peter Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Linda Rostadt and Carly Simon were major influences. Later, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Suzy Bogguss, Reba McEntire and other such country artists were included among my favorites. While working with bands in the mid to late 80's Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Patty Smyth and Chrissie Hynde added pizazz for more upbeat musical performances.
THE JOURNEY............"I kept going back to solo work in between putting bands together and working with them. When it was obvious that most players weren't as serious about this being their livelihood, I stayed with the solo work, which has assisted in making my living for 30 years. It is with Gratitude that I continue my solo work as fans around the globe respond with appreciation, and love." Having traveled to, and performed for audiences in, Canada, the Netherlands, Germany, Australia and the United States, opportunities to meet thousands of people continue. What a Bless-ed Journey!
CONCERT OPENERS.........Opening in concert for Dan Seals and Toby Keith, and sharing the stage with many seasoned recording artists (back in the day) only continued to satisfy my appetite for more of the same.
CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD MUSIC MINISTRY.........In 1997 I was invited to provide music for a theater of 800 people prior to Neale Donald Walsch's presentation of his recently released book, CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD - Book 1, that touched millions of people on the planet, and changed people's lives forever with an understanding of God that makes sense to the human heart and mind., not to mention the Soul. From that evening forward, 25 years ago, I have joined my dear Friend and colleague as we present Spiritual Retreats four times a year in Southern Oregon, enhancing, and assisting others in changing their lives, and experiences, forever.
SONGWRITING..........Songwriting is about life experiences, the good, and the not-so-good. It seems to touch people as they relate through whatever experience they are in the midst of. We're all in this game of life together and music makes it easier to get through some of the tough stuff. I am honored to have my music do that for the people whose hearts open up and are touched in a special and, sometimes, profound, way. And the fun stuff? There's plenty of humor, and plenty of fun music to go with it.
Ten (10) music albums manifested::
The first being recorded and released in 1992 - 10 original songs with the album being titled CHANGES in CD format and Cassette
The second released in 1994 - 6 originals 4 cover tunes the title being IN THE GARDEN
The third released in 1996 - 3 originals with 3 cover tunes and 4 songs written by fellow songwriters - Album title THE WIND BENEATH MY WINGS (and yes! ANOTHER rendition of title track!)
The fourth released in 1998 - a collaboration album with fellow songwriter Don Eaton and titled SONGS FROM THE CONVERSATIONS with GOD SPIRITUAL RETREATS.
The fifth released in 2000 - a Christmas album with the title track being an original composition - CHRISTMAS LOVE.
The sixth released in 2002 - FROM THE HEART with 2 originals and 12 cover tunes
The seventh released in 2006 - ANGELS & EAGLES with 5 originals and 9 cover tunes. The title track was written in tribute to my beloved husband, Tim, who died in a plane crash in July of 2005. "This was my Grief Healing music project!"
The eighth album released in September of 2008 - BACK TO MY ROOTS - Volume I - a Folk Album - a masterpiece with songs from Peter Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, John Denver and the title track being an original tune.
The ninth album released in 2013 titled PASSAGE OF TIME featuring 6 original compositions and Martina McBride's song ANYWAY, Mary Chapin Carpenter's WE TRAVELED, Tia Siller's I HOPE YOU DANCE, BRING ON THE RAIN, LESSONS LEARNED AT HOME and dear Friend, Don Eaton's composition IT MAKES ME LONESOME.
Celebrating my SILVER ANNIVERSARY - 25 years of music assisting in my Livelihood - album number 10 was recorded in 2017 and released in 2018 - BACK TO MY ROOTS - Volume II. This album features favorite, and well known FOLK songs from the late 60s/early 70s.
"A selection from my album, ANGELS & EAGLES, was a poem written by my dear friend, the late, great Dennis Weaver to which he invited me to write the music for. It received radio air play and was considered for a 51st annual Grammy Award. "Although it was not chosen for a nomination it was an honor for me to have a song receive this consideration!"
In the early 2000s, I was privileged and honored to have 4 of my pieces featured on two WINDHAM HILL collaboration CDs along with music by Yanni, George Winston, Jim Brickman and other amazing artists. These music albums are available in music and book stores around the world., The titles of these two albums are Conversations with God - Disc Two, and Communion with God - both non-religious, yet highly spiritual.
Two years of the pandemic worldwide presented trying times, for everyone, I continued to deliver my gift of music to hearts and lives around the globe in ways that were possible. We are now back to Concerts in Theaters, Outdoor shows or Home Concerts,, as well as the Spiritual Retreats with my friend/colleague Neale Donald Walsch, the author of Conversations with God, via zoom.."
In August of 2022 a new "entity" was birthed - GYPSY SOUL FOOD - a DUO with an extraordinary Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter, Performing Artist, PAUL SMITH. Paul is a Nashville Recording Artist and brings a variety of flavor to the table of Gypsy Soul Food, having covered all genres of music in his career, thus far … Americana, Country, Pop Rock and Heavy Metal. His album “Boundary Road, Me N Paul” was produced by renowned Producer, Songwriter, and Recording Artist, the Legendary Cowboy JACK CLEMENT - Roaring Camp Records. Paul is also Lead Guitarist & Vocalist with Tom Katalin and Highway 41 band.. Bookings for both CATHY BOLTON and GYPSY SOUL FOOD appear here in the Calendar.
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