A songwriter with an understanding for what it takes to make a great pop record, 23-year old Curtis Peoples crafts songs that fans of rock to acoustic folk and pop can enjoy. As Curtis explains, "I try to make music that I would want to hear, so it's got to have a little bit of all the things I love..."
Curtis Peoples began his musical career at the young age of twelve, playing in a number of local bands in his native San Diego. After years of developing his songwriting and performance skills, Curtis decided to go out on his own as a solo artist. He initially played countless shows around Southern California, went on tour with best friend and fellow singer-songwriter Tyler Hilton (Maverick Records recording artist and star on the WB drama One Tree Hill), and continued to perfect the songs that would eventually comprise his debut release.
It didn’t take long for these songs to attract Seattle-based indie label The Control Group (TCG). TCG immediately put in action plans to release the songs as Curtis Peoples’ debut EP. This EP, entitled Whisper To A Scream, is a diverse collection of seven original rock/pop songs including the Counting Crows-esque rocker Hope It Seems (featuring Tyler Hilton), the radio-ready pop gem Just Another, the Ray Charles-inspired In Your Heart, and a soulful duet with female singer-songwriter Saba entitled Something Honest. The EP is a collection of ready-to-be singles and future iPod favorites.
Curtis Peoples took to the road immediately to promote his debut EP, going on tour playing dates with Tyler Hilton, Josh Kelley, Tim Reynolds (longtime Dave Matthews collaborator), Savng Jane, Joe Firstman (Carson Daly Show), as well as a number of prominent regional acts around the country. The work has been paying off by gaining Peoples a substantial numbers of fans around the country. The music industry has also been taking notice. Curtis’ single Hope It Seems has received commercial radio airplay at KMTT (Seattle), KPRI (San Diego), and a number of college stations. As Keith "Madison" Miller at KPRI puts it, "Curtis has found his voice...tapped his natural sensibility for writing a tune.”
Musicians within the artist community have also recognized Curtis’ great talent. Curtis has been writing with a number of artists, including Josh Kelley (Hollywood Records). When Josh was asked about new artists he liked on a WECS radio interview earlier this year, he responded with "...I love Curtis Peoples' songs, I really do…I listen to his CD all the time..." In fact, Josh Kelley’s band (The Weight) have become such fans of Curtis’ music that they have been pulling double duty backing both Josh Kelley & Curtis Peoples on tour and in the studio.
Most recently, Peoples has been working with platinum-selling singer-songwriter Ryan Cabrera. Curtis has been a winning contestant on Cabrera’s MTV songwriting competition SCORE. Additionally, his songs can be heard on MTV's hit show "NEXT".
Curtis recently released his first music video for the single Hope It Seems, which is now available at iTunes. He released a limited edition LP on June 15 entitled Rock Out!! And Stay A While.
For Curtis Peoples' music, video, and most current information, check out his web site www.curtispeoples.com.
Curtis Peoples’ EP "Whisper To A Scream" and new limited edition LP "Rock Out!! And Stay A While" are available now.