Saco, Maine, USA. Folk singer-songwriter Curtis first started out as a drummer, before switching to guitar in time to perform at coffee houses during a college stint at Brown University. She began her recording career in 1989 with Dandelion, on the independent Mongoose label, following it up two years later with From Years To Hours. Both sets spotlighted the musical ingredients that Curtis would soon become renowned for; feminist lyrics merged with a bare bones (usually just voice, guitar, bass, and drums) musical accompaniment. It was at this time that Curtis gave up her job as a social worker to concentrate on music. She signed a contract with Guardian Records shortly after releasing 1995s Truth From Lies, gaining a bigger recording budget for her next, self-titled album, produced by Bruce Springsteen associate Roy Bittan. The albums first single, Soulfully, received quite a bit of attention on US Triple-A radio, which led to tours with Mary-Chapin Carpenter and as part of the multi-artist Lilith Fair festival, in addition to winning the Best Album Award from the Gay And Lesbian American Music Awards.
Curtis signed with Rykodisc Records, and the rock-orientated A Crash Course In Roses and My Shirt Looks Good On You followed in 1999 and 2001 respectively. Produced by Trina Shoemaker, the latter turned out to be the first recording that successfully captured the energy of Curtis live performance. It was during the late 90s that she became affiliated with the Hole In The Wall Camp which serves children with life threatening diseases. She donated a portion of the proceeds from A Crash Course In Roses to benefit the programme, and has performed concerts there. In 2004, Curtis made her debut for Vanguard Records with Dreaming In Romance Languages.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.