Courtnee is an independent solo artist based out of Seattle, WA. who has been writing, performing, producing and recording original music since 1995. Using simple instrumentation combined with an unforgettable voice to create more than the sum of their parts, downtempo piano soul, acoustic melodic soft rock guitar, ethereal macabre accordion, and ambient electronic undertones round out Courtnee’s unique and intriguing style. Courtnee’s performances are intimate, eclectic, and peppered with vulgarity and comic relief. The feel is often dark and reflective, yet humorous and hopeful. Similar vocalists include Sinead O’Connor, Jewel, Lisa Gerrard, and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.
Described by listeners as:
“Haunting, Beautiful, and Tinged with Menace”
“hypnotic and addictive”
“Seeing Courtnee perform was amazing! There was a point I thought the wine glasses were going to shatter!! To me its neo classical performance art. If her songs were the soundtrack to my nightmares then i would prefer them over my dreams. If you are a fan of Enigma, Dead Can Dance, Susixe and the Banshee’s… In other words hauntingly beautiful songs then this is for you!!!”
– Isaac Grant, Analogue Collective
“Courtnee’s music has a way of speaking its message through the pitch and emotion in the vocals rather than poetry. It is the death of a loved one; the regret our minds ponder; the things that are spiraling around our subconscious every day.”
– Azriel J. Knight, Mind in a box
Courtnee’s full setup consists of:
Roland RD300NX (88 keys)
Roland Rc-300 (3-channel looper)
Boss VE-5 vocal performer
TC Helicon Harmony G XT
Shure Beta 87 microphone
Composite Cargo 6 string acoustic/electric guitar
Mitchell MU100CE Acoustic/electric concert ukulele
Hohner 12 bass accordion
Roland BA-300 PA (for small, non-traditional venues, outdoors, and house shows)
All components can run through the single 1/4″ main out (mono or stereo) on the RC-300 taking up only one channel on a venues sound system. The accordion is acoustic, usually amplified by the Beta vocal mic. Courtnee often runs her own sound for shows, but also enjoys running single instrument and vocal channels into a house mixer when working with ample sound checks and proficient sound engineers. The accordion positively sings when amplified by dual instrument mics.
For short sets, Courtnee generally just needs a Microphone and a 1/4″ input.