Material: Catie Waters has a unique voice that blends R&B, pop, neo soul, jazz and funk, all in one disposition. Growing up, Waters listened and learned from Amy Winehouse, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Adele, just to name a few. Hence, the material that she writes includes subjects and themes that aim to inspire and motivate change in the world. With a spark in her message, Waters is an activist in her own right.
Musicianship: Waters’ “Stone Child” project features an array of accomplished musicians who’ve collectively orchestrated a solid album. “Spirit of the Sound” references how music is constantly around us, while “Control” reminds us that we are made to be strong, with love, power and self-discipline. Waters has a multi-octave range and she is adept at hitting high notes.
Performance: Waters is committed to her vision; from the subtle band ensemble to being the center of attention, her set amounted to a collective, message-driven show. By introducing each song with a background story, Waters brought a personal element to her performance. Despite stopping after every song, her band members handled their parts professionally, adding flavor to the visual.
Summary: Waters is a multi-faceted artist who is confident in her direction. She’s a performer who is absorbed in her work and vehement in conveying her beliefs with originality. Blessed with intelligence and a look that’s made for TV, Waters is on the rise and seems ready to stake her claim in music. And being located in the “Entertainment Capital of the World” gives her a better chance to bring her insight to the commercial forefront.
The Players: Cleon Edwards, drums; Mike Clowes, guitar; Matt Hines, bass; Ben Bohorquez, sax; Jay Jennings, trumpet; Kevin Hicks, trombone; Nina Hadzi-Antich, background vocals.
Photos by The Herrera Agency
Venue: The Mint
City: Los Angeles