Cat Terrones

2016 Finalist LEAF Festival
NewSong Songwriters Competition
2014 Finalist Kerrville New Folk
2014 NPR/NewSong Regional Finalist (West)

Unique vocals, sweeping melodies, memorable hooks, and poetic lyrics. With songs ranging from flirty or heartbroken, to raw and unforgiving, 
Cat's sultry, dusky, honest alto catches listeners by surprise with a voice 'like honey on fly-paper. She starts singin' and people start comin' out of the wood-work to listen!'  


Cat Terrones is a new and emerging voice in Folk music. A recent Kerrville New Folk finalist, New Song/LEAF finalist, and NPR/New Song Regional Finalist, she is finishing her first full-length album project, in collaboration with Ben Shannon (Vocals/Guitar) and Dave Hidek (Producer/Engineer) currently titled, 'Sun & Dark', to be release Spring 2018.   

As an artist, Cat is celebrated for her ability to connect audiences with the power of nature, through evocative music and a reinvention of traditional influences and stories into relevant works.  

Her uncanny ability to draw listeners in with unique vocals and engaging lyrics has quickly raised Cat's visibility as an emerging singer-songwriter. Cat's upcoming album, Sun & Dark, delivers vivid imagery, cinematic storytelling, poetic lyricism, and a deep connection to nature, with a sonic palette that seamlessly weaves Celtic, Americana, Pop, and Roots influences. It's an album that draws on all the best traditions of folk music; intricate guitar voicings, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and topical yet timeless songwriting. 

Cat's songs bridge the gap making current topics universal, through the lens of personal and collective stories; Give Back Rain is Climate Change, water rights, and personal/collective sacrifice. Meadow Trail is about a relationship being swept away, but also calling to the soul of humanity, however beautiful and broken, to see our own beauty before it's too late. Wildflower is a love song and an allegory for humanity's relationship to nature. Carry You is inspired by and dedicated to the refugees in crisis, coming out of the Middle East. 

Cat's debut album is a love letter to the soul of the world. As an artist, Cat is a vital and fresh voice in the collective wave of consciousness-raising in Folk music today. 



Painting a Song  

Truthfully, I always wanted to write songs like Vincent van Gogh painted. In vibrant colors, with palpable emotion, bigger than life, scenes slightly off-center of impressionistic, loving characterizations of world-weary heroes and heroines.  I remember seeing an exhibition of his paintings when I was 20. I had books of his paintings as a teenager, I would make rough line drawing copies of some. But I was unfamiliar with a series in the exhibition that showed his early years, imitating, or should I say expertly executing, the Dutch Masters typical style. Up until that moment, I had always thought van Gogh painted the way he did because he didn't have a more refined technique. When in fact, he broke free of that technique, the subtlety, the blended neutral palette, the dark hues, for something less refined, a hyperbole of reality, bright, and alive. There was a truth to his swirling, bold portrayals, to a story, less concerned with the facts and more focused on the feel. That's how I have always thought of songwriting. In colors, in space, in the bold strokes. I'm painting a story in a three dimensions, maybe four. So what would I want to paint? How would I want to feel? Does it strike a certain emotional reaction? What colors do I see when I hear the music or sing the melody?  And that's how songs usually come into form for me, as a mood, with certain details... and then the canvas begins to fill in, with more and more details. Many years later I took my first workshop from Mary Gauthier and as a pre-requisite she asked everyone to read Brenda Ueland's book 'If You Want to Write'. Throughout the book Ueland makes references to van Gogh over and over again. It confirmed something for me. That I had been on the right track all least for my artistic compass:  It's about wanting to share the beauty, or the sorrow, or the details of the moment so vividly, that someone else can feel it too. And part of the journey is this: to get bigger, we have to break free. 

- Octopus Ink -  

India purple, blackwater sundown  

I am returning to my den  

why do you follow?  

my love is not yours to capture  

I give freely or not at all  

I am a whisper onto white sky   

I am a song carved in ochre veins  

I am the three fingers of my right hand  

stained with octopus black ink  

do not confuse my flesh  

with the delicacy I serve to others  

I am not the story I tell  

I am the freedom   

that is born  

from telling it 

- C. Terrones  


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