About Catie Turner
Unfiltered and refreshingly authentic, 19-year-old Catie Turner fought her way to the Top 7 of ABC's American Idol 2018 out of 45,000 hopefuls. Catie's audition was chosen to kickoff the premiere episode — debuting her original “21st Century Machine” to 11 million viewers. Written as a reaction to the pressures she's faced in the age of social media and its glaring lens on young women, the song and its unforgettable guitar riff became an overnight anthem. Catie’s style was immediately recognized as a new wave of soul singing, with a warmth in her timbre reminiscent of early Amy Winehouse and Adele, and lyrics that channel the spirit of Joni Mitchell.
The Langhorne, PA native taught herself guitar at age 15 and started writing, skills that earned consistent praise and support from the Idol judges. She stole the spotlight with unexpected twists on hits from The Beatles, Lady Gaga, and Blondie, and shared the stage for duets with Andy Grammer and Katy Perry, who joined her on the live finale to sing her #1 single “Part Of Me.” In the summer of 2018, Catie played 48 cities on the “American Idol Live! 2018” tour. Her televised performances and original videos have gained over 50 million views across all platforms while her outspoken, “reject-the-norm” persona has inspired legions of fans globally who identify with the underdog trying to find her place in the world.
Catie released “Prom Queen” in March 2019, a soaring 1950’s style ballad about the pressures of fitting in, lauded by Idolater, MTV, and Time Magazine. In June 2019, she released “Savior,” an infectious power anthem about setting healthy boundaries, followed quickly by her debut EP “The Sad Vegan.” The 6-track set has been critically acclaimed, cracking the Top 100 on iTunes and the Top 20 of Amazon’s sales charts. In July, she opened for Meghan Trainor in Atlantic City, and Catie’s song “Breathe” was featured in Shane Dawson’s #1 YouTube documentary, giving the song a push to standout as the breakaway hit.