The expands of Inner and outer space - Video by Aly Whitman.
Suitcase Video by Sue Ann Pien, Michael Khachadoorian, Drew Tolley, Kathleen Shifts, co-written by Beth Thornley, add'l tracks by Rob Cairns, co-mix by Michael James!
Mis-spent youth in all her glory...Cynthia's shout out to her 'days in the band'. Video by Jerry Spears.
"Lotta di Gatto"
Directed by Sue Ann Pien Edited by Jerry Spears and Sue Ann Pien
LA's original Indie girL, Cynthia Catania, has been performing, touring, and appearing on US and Irish Radio since 2003. Originally with the indie-pop band Saucy Monky - the quartet was embraced by Irish radio and press from their first Irish gig at Whelan’s. Catania has performed on primetime TV; played sets during Oxegen, O2 in the Park, Indiefest (San Diego, California), and Colours Festival (Ostrava, Czech Republic); toured & shared stages with The B52’s, Mark Geary, The Cure, Wilco, PJ Harvey, Pink! Metric, and more.
When she first moved to LA, Cynthia’s first job was performing on The Larry Sanders Show where she portrayed a singer in the house band. Series work led to writing work where she penned jingles, music for TV & theme songs. The collaborative dream team (with Dubin born Annmarie Cullen) landed a Wendy’s campaign, wrote songs for Nickelodeon, CBS, the WB, NBC, and a theme song for ABC daytime.
While coming up in LA, Cynthia taught voice lessons to rock stars. She was hired to coach Jimmy Gnecco (of OURS) while the band recorded their Rick Rubin produced record Mercy... (Dancing For The Death Of An Imaginary Enemy) at his infamous Laurel Canyon mansion-studio. The two old friends from Northern NJ re-connected while Cynthia mixed Jimmy's solo set at Hollywood’s Knitting Factory - a venue where Catania cut her ‘producers’ teeth mixing live sound for artists including PJ Harvey, Imogen Heap, Tears for Fears, John Frusciante of the Red Chili Peppers, Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, and personal FOH engineer for Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart. All this while managing shows for her label olivoiL records, recording, producing, and touring with Saucy Monky!
In 2018 Niall Stokes of Hot Press Magazine invited Catania to guest write Hot Press’s Sex Column Series. The singer-songwriter wrote for the magazine for over a year (read her articles here).
Catania cut her teeth in the LA music scene playing & hosting shows with Katy Perry, Sara Bareilles, Gaby Moreno, and on. She’s written songs with band members from Macy Gray, Fits and The Tantrums, and Joe 90.
In 2019, the singer-songwriter-producer returned to Irish shores as a solo artist. Her single "Phones" debuted on Late Date with Fiachna ó Braonáin and RTE’s Arena. The track garnered rave reviews and substantial radio play.
After a long performance-stricken pandemic, she touched down in Dublin once again in 2021 (mask on face, guitar in hand) for a string of support dates implementing her one-woman-samplers -FX show. When the November'21 tour wrapped, Cynthia flew to Avignon, France where she collaborated with Sue Ann Pien on the video for her new single "Only Time Will Tell". Pien is a lead actor/co-star in the groundbreaking new Amazon Prime series As We See it.’ She has lent her directing skills to Catania’s previous works (as a solo artist and The Secret Things band). This time ‘round they’ve created a clever and beautiful pandemic fairytale. Watch their ‘medieval take on a modern plague’ as the girls' guerilla-style their story on the quaint streets of Goult with a GoPro! This magical film drops January 28, 2022, along with Cynthia’s new single "Only Time Will Tell".
photo by Sue Ann Pien
Editor and founder of Hot Press Magazine.
"Cynthia Catania is a hugely talented and dedicated individual. She is highly intelligent, articulate and motivated. I know her for twenty years now, and have seen her exceptional capabilities first-hand. She has achieved enviable standards of excellence as a singer, songwriter and record producer and released great records both as a member of Saucy Monky and as a solo artist.."
D A V E B R U C E:: CEO/Founder Amnplify
"I have known Cynthia Catania for more than six years. In that time, I have worked with and promoted her and her music projects and along the way I have developed a great friendship that I value highly.
Cynthia is an accomplished musician that works with a great creative team and together they produce high quality videos that regularly feature content that is conscious and thought provoking.
Over the years, Cynthia has regularly impressed me with her commitment to causes that value greater harmony in people and life in general. She values integrity and honesty highly, and when effort is required, Cynthia is generally still standing when others have taken their seats.
For the reasons above, I would highly recommend her in any collaborative environment where effectiveness and efficiency need to be weighed carefully to achieve the objectives in place. She won’t let you down."
"...One of the most influential female performing artists in the last 100 years." - Dave Bruce
Lead singer of OURS, recording artist, songwriter & producer.
"In my opinion, Cynthia Catania is not only one of the greatest singers in the last 30 years, but of all time. She changed the way that I look at singing when I was a young boy, and her influence on me is probably the strongest in my life. The way that she slithers through the different spaces of her head voice and chooses when to push air or connect with her chest voice has always been so unique to me and unlike anyone else. Her range and power have always blown me away on both a technical and emotional level. Not only is she a dedicated singer, but she is one of the most committed artists that I have ever witnessed.
She has given her entire life to it, always pushing forward no matter what obstacles are in front of her. A true artist through and through. She is incredibly dear to me."
Producer; musician & vocalist for Carly Simon, Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Maceo Parker.
"The first time I heard Cynthia Catania sing I was pinned to the back wall in a state of wonderment. She was tapped into something that felt elemental –– and I was deeply moved. Her voice and how she was using it required my listening –– it was as if I had no choice. Sometimes a voice can do that. And the thing is –– she has gone to that place each time I've heard her since... It's how she rolls –– deep and wide. I'm grateful to know and experience her –– as a listener, as a fellow musician, and as a producer. Cynthia is a gem."
T A D W A D H A M S:: Songwriter, (co-writer on grammy-winning record with Sheryl Crow), Bassist for FarmDogs, Bernie Taupin, Jim Cregan.
“The first time I wrote a song with Cynthia Catania was the first day we met. That song still stands as one of my all-time favorite collaborations. Ever. The lyrics she wrote were so sad, so touching, I just wanted to hug her and comfort her! LOL, I was blown away. Cynthia is a rare talent, and a wonderful person who deserves our support.”
Producer/Mixer; New Radicals, Hole, L7, Robben Ford, Edwin McCain.
“Cynthia Catania is one of my most trusted first-call music professionals for any number of different recording endeavors. She can produce a record, she can sing all the parts and play most of the instruments, she can assemble a crack team, and most importantly, she can respect the artist’s creative vision and help to manifest it. When Cynthia works on my productions, she puts as much love and care into them as if they were her own—but she never hijacks my artistic vision. As an example, her own personal music tends to be quirky and independent modern rock, but I often hire her to seamlessly blend into tracks for mainstream Pop and R&B artists. It’s one thing to have great chops, but it’s “next level” to sing or play the appropriate part for any given song. Cynthia possesses the wonderful quality of being able to do just that. Highly recommended!”
Singer-songwriter, musician; Dr. John, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Loggins, Herbie Hancock, Aretha Franklin, Todd Rundgren the Tonight Show Band with Jay Leno, Skip The Needle.
“Cynthia Catania is a revelation; a miracle of vocal clarity, stratospheric range and acrobatic ability coupled with brilliant and moving songwriting. Her lyrics are deep, incisive, punctuated with that holiest of all grails, hilarity. She is one of my favorite artists and one listen will make her one of yours, too. “
S T E V E G I L E S::
Singer-songwriter, bassist, producer; 3 Penny Needle, DLM, Obvious Wish, Saucy Monky, The Secret Things.
“Cynthia is a unicorn, one of those mythically rare talents that only cross our paths a time or two in our musical journeys. I've had the privilege of making music with her for many years and I've seen her wear virtually every musical hat there is to wear with passion and style and fiery, singular talent. She can sing like an angel, play guitar like a demon, and write the kind of songs that the world needs to hear. Cynthia also has an amazing knack for finding the most interesting production choices, sprinkling a track with those magical little bits of fairy dust that can put a song over the top. I'm proud to call her a musical partner and I absolutely consider her one of the most talented people I've ever worked with.”
Singer-songwriter, EMI recording artist; Aurora, Barry Gibb, Songwriters On Tap.
“Cynthia Catania is one of the most genuinely talented artists I have ever worked with. She has the ability to silence a room in seconds once she starts singing and connects with an audience on a level that leaves you feeling breathless.
As a songwriter, she is able to capture true raw emotions like few can and her songs swim around your head for days after listening. Her rich voice and soaring melodies invoke beautiful, heartbreaking and joyful emotions with ease and skill. The honesty she writes with is incredible and leaves you feeling like you’ve shared a very special moment.
She is deeply dedicated to her music and has fostered an amazing community of Indi artists in Los Angeles and further afield. Over the years she has constantly supported other independent musicians, be it recording, producing or singing on tracks to help others visions come to life. Now it’s time for Cynthia to get to share her amazing body of work with the world. She is a rare and wonderful talent and the world needs to hear her music.”