Catherine Feeny-John Lennon Contest Winner

Catherine Feeny-John Lennon Contest Winner
Biography

Catherine Feeny grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, part of a tight-knit family for whom music was a uniting force. Absorbing Springsteen through her older brother, Simon and Garfunkel through her parents and The Smiths through her elder sister, she early on developed a keen ear for songwriting.

Feeny received classical training in voice at the Settlement School of Music and began learning to play the guitar as a young teen. Idolizing the likes of Sinead O’Connor and the Indigo Girls, she joined several bands and began writing her own songs.

After graduating from George Washington University with a degree in Liberal Arts, Feeny moved to Los Angeles. An acting class at the Beverly Hills Playhouse rekindled her ambition to write and sing songs, and she started playing open mics, making connections with talented up-and-coming songwriters Joe Purdy, Brian Wright and Alexi Murdoch, among others. Feeny made regular appearances at the Hotel Café, a club known for nurturing artists such as Gary Jules and Greg Laswell.

Joe Purdy recorded her first album, a self-titled affair that garnered acclaim for its compelling songwriting and sparse, melancholic mood. The album won Feeny an audience in Belgium where it was championed by French language radio station Classic 21.

Feeny’s second album, “Hurricane Glass” was produced by Sebastian Rogers, an English producer/artist she met at the Hotel Café. The song “Mr. Blue,” an earlier version of which had been included on her first album, was picked up by KCRW in LA, and later featured in “Running with Scissors,” “The O.C.,” and “Miss Conception.” It also ended up on the A-list at Britain’s most popular radio station, Radio 2.

Released initially on an independent called Tallgrass, “Hurricane Glass” was upstreamed to EMI on the eve of the company’s takeover by private equity firm Terra Firma, and Feeny was dropped before completing her second album for the label.

Feeny and Rogers, whose working relationship had blossomed into love, moved to Portland, Oregon in 2008 and were married soon after. They toured together extensively, both in support of Feeny’s third album (“People in the Hole”), and as a band called Come Gather Round Us. The couple’s 2008 12,000 mile Living Room Tour is the subject of the documentary “Remember Where You Are” which premiered at the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles in January 2013.

Inspired by her experience at the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York City, Feeny crafted a subtle, moving work titled, “America” that was released in 2012. The album’s first single “United” – a pulsing, revolutionary anthem – caught the attention of writer/activist Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), who commissioned Feeny to compose a song for her organization One Billion Rising.

Feeny has played internationally as a headline act and in support of: Wilco, Belle and Sebastian, Suzanne Vega, John Prine, The Indigo Girls, Kelly Jones (Stereophonics) and Martha Wainwright. She is currently booking dates for Summer 2013.