You don’t ever have to worry about what Catie Turner is thinking. She’ll tell you within seconds. Besides being a singer and songwriter, she fancies herself as “an overly emotional and anxious attachment-style musician with a lot of over-sharing to do.”
However, that over-sharing continues to click with listeners.
She grew up in a suburb outside of Philadelphia and sharpened her pen game by writing in her journal and reading Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, and “Harry Styles fan fiction.” She picked up guitar at 15 years old and started to develop her voice. Mired in brutal bullying at school, she opted for home schooling. Eventually, she auditioned for American Idol and ended up on the show.
“Growing into her age” in the span of one season, Catie went from placing 7th on American Idol in 2018 to releasing “teenage crisis” anthems such as “Prom Queen” and “i luv him.” in 2019. Beyond piling up over 30 million streams, she reeled in critical acclaim from TIME, Billboard, American Songwriter, Idolator, TheHoneyPop, Euphoria., and more. She wound up in L.A. in her own apt, which proudly “gives off cat lady and six-year-old vibes.”
She took all of her heartbreak from a breakup and turned it into the bops, ballads, and confessions on her 2021 EP, Heartbroken and Milking It, introduced by the single “Therapy.” She describes her ex’s response to these tunes as “not appreciative.”
Other standouts include “Wish I Didn’t Have To Lie,” which “is about how the same boy ruined Target, Fleetwood Mac, and all of New Jersey for me.” Then, there’s “Funeral” where she explores “a tricky friendship breakup.”
Catie has alchemized her pain into the kinds of bangers you can listen to alone in your room and feel okay about the fact you’re all alone in your room.
She just hopes you think she’s pretty cool, because she doesn’t have a plan B.