(21 March 2004)
At 17 years old, bilingual Catherine Tuttle is a songwriter and
singer with wonderful musical and vocal maturity. Her debut album,
Peel (Spider Monkey Records (USA) CT 58125, 2003), is expressive and showcases her budding talent. She
wrote her songs on piano and executed her own piano tracks as well.
This young songstress can perform music from the pop/rock genre to
that of the detailed and sensitive classical variety.
While she performs lead vocals and piano, she is supported by Jef
Lee Johnson on guitar; Chico Huff on bass; Jeff Davis on drums; Doc
Gibbs on percussion; Glenn Barratt on acoustic guitar; Thomas Petrosky,Jr.
on organ; and background vocals by Lucie Daigle. Adding to the ambience,
Ron Kerber arranged and conducted the strings.
There is an energy throughout, with a mellowness in tone and the feeling
of experienced proficiency that usually comes with age. "There was always
music around the house," according to Tuttle. At the tender age of 14, she
was taking piano lessons and writing songs with music and lyrics.
From the very first track, "Restless," Tuttle captures you with her
distinct musical aplomb. Her style is easy-going and nothing short of
brilliant for a young, talented musician. Her lyrics are meaningful and
her vocals soar in "Alone" and "What Will They Find." She certainly has
exceptional skills and is a young vituoso.
Her piano and quicker pace melody in "Tell Me Something New" offers more
diversity in her musical flair. Excellent acoustic guitar instrumentals
lend to the total picture. "Kerosene" talks about grown-up life experiences
that one wouldn't expect to hear from a teenager with only seventeen years
of experience. "Vintage Heart" rocks from the start, grabs you and doesn't
let go. Her clear-cut vocals stand out in this track. The sensitivity of
her music continues throughout, and the album is a very passionate look inside
this young woman. The final track, "Ange Tombe," is sung purely and exquisitely
in French, highlighted by beautiful strings that make a definite emotional
imprint on the listener.
The twelve tracks on the album reflect a breathtaking genius and
great talent. "I know that music will be a definite part of my life. My
life will have a soundtrack." There is no doubt that a brilliant career lies
ahead for this gifted young woman. With such self-confidence and talent,
it will be exciting to see what happens as she matures. She is certainly a
shining star!--Audrey Elliot