San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
SOLDIER OF LIGHT
" Teri Catlin is the love child Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin never had.
With a powerful, acrobatic voice that embodies the spirit of the voices of all major female artist. It settles in the stunning range established by the late blues singer Joplin, and guitar chops that would make some of the best guitarist ever proud, Catlin is a one-of-a-kind entertainer who truly deserves to be heard. "
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Teri Catlin is an artist that gives back to the children, planet, people, and animals! Her music has always maintained a positive focus on human welfare, animals and the environment. Some artists have such a personal vision, that their work takes on a universal character. Some songwriters have such an insight into the joys and frustrations of everyday life, that they somehow express what the rest of us are feeling too. And some singers have such heart and soul, that the sound of their voice brings a story to life right before our eyes. Teri Catlin is one of these rare artists, a singer/songwriter in the rock/R&B tradition whose music is original and authentic--and a live performer whose stage presence is captivating and charismatic.
As Teri says of her work: “If I had to choose one word to describe what I do, I’ve always seen myself as a storyteller. No matter what kind of songs I write--from love ballads to political, social, and/or environmental issues--I’m always telling a story, painting pictures with words, melodies, and the sound of my voice. And I’ve always preferred live performance in front of an audience. That’s where the songs take on a life of their own, night after night.”
Born in Flint, Michigan, Teri was given up for adoption at birth. Never knowing the identity of her bio-logical mother or father. Teri began singing before she could talk and was in a foster home until just before her second birthday. She was then adopted into an extremely abusive home where music quickly became her focus. Bringing her peace, creativity and calm, Teri began teaching herself how to play the piano and drums when she was just five years young. At the tender age of seven, she began writing songs and started taking lessons on the violin, quickly became known as a child prodigy on the instrument, performing for such luminaries as Itzhak Perlman, who was mesmerized by Teri’s talent. By age twelve, Teri became a soloist with the Flint Symphony Orchestra, receiving rave reviews in the regional music press. She then studied for three years with the Wisconsin Symphony School of America, winning a Silver Medal in the Worldwide Orchestra Competition in Ottawa, Canada.
But due to a traumatic home environment, Teri felt an urgent need to break free, becoming a homeless runaway at the tender age of fourteen, making money playing piano and singing Top 40 music in bars, hotels, and restaurants. Eventually drifting from Michigan to the friendlier warmer climate of South Florida, Teri planted her roots and taught herself to play an arsenal of instruments including the guitar, bass, djembe, doumbek, didgeridoo and the wooden flute. She also began honing her skills as a songwriter and vocalist with a style and personality all her own. Naturally Teri writes and can play all of the parts for her music ( Drums, Bass, Piano, String arrangements, Lead/Rhythm Guitars, all Vocals etc.) and has added a talented drummer, bassist, and keyboardist to form the Teri Catlin Band. They've been playing shows on the east and west coast for over seven years and are known for their electrifying performances. Teri has built a huge loyal following which continues to grow with each performance.
Teri has produced both her self-titled debut CD and her second CD,"Solder of Light," featuring her most compelling songs, from the love ballad “Baby” to the spiritual “I Am,” then she kicks down the doors with the hard-hitting urban realism of “Castles” and “Cry,” to the sexy blues-drenched rocker “Get Off,” to the triumphant personal anthems “Alive,” “Stand Your Ground,” “Who I Am,” and "Fly", to environment awareness issues of "A Better Way," and "Candyland." Each performance has its own unique power and flavor, with the vivid imagery of Teri’s lyrics combined with her unconventional approach to melody and arrangement.
Although her songs cover a wide range of topics and emotions, Teri says: “All of my music basically comes down to one thing--the experience of being alive, with all of the joy and pain that goes with it. We have one life to live, and one planet to live it on. We owe it to ourselves and to the world around us to give it everything we’ve got. Whether I’m singing about love or war, it’s all about the same thing--keeping it real. My heroes are the same great people that we all revere: Bob Marley, Gandhi, John Lennon, Maya Angelo, Curtis Mayfield, Dalai Lama, Marvin Gaye, Dylan, Dr.Martin Luther King, Bono, Jane Goodall, Prince--people who stand up for what they believe in and speak straight from the heart. You might call them Soldiers of Light. That’s where I’m coming from.”