Some Quick Facts About Curtis Stigers
OK. Let’s start with some Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is this Curtis Stigers the jazz singer, or Curtis Stigers who sings the Sons of Anarchy theme song, or Curtis Stigers the pop/soul singer/saxophonist from the 1990s?
A: Yes. The answer is yes to all of those. First, Sons Of Anarchy: The song’s called “This Life” and Curtis was also nominated for an Emmy Award for co-writing it. He also sang “John The Revelator” for the Season One Finale Episode, and a few others, too. He’s also a celebrated jazz singer and recording artist and yes, he had some hits back in the ’90s as a blue-eyed soul singer and saxophonist. More about that later…
Q: Did Curtis Stigers really sing a duet of “Well Did You Evah” with Seth McFarlane, the creator of The Family Guy, Ted, and American Dad?
A: Why, yes. They sang it onstage at Royal Albert Hall in London, on tour in Europe, and recorded it for an album too.
Q: Is this the Curtis Stigers who had a really really really short uncredited cameo as a piano player in Seth McFarlane’s movie “Ted”?
Q: I think I remember Curtis Stigers from the ’90s when he was a long-haired pop/soul singer/saxophonist with radio hits like “I Wonder Why”, “Never Saw A Miracle”, and “You’re All That Matters To Me”. Is this the same guy?
A: That again. Yes, same guy. Shorter hair. More gray. By the way, that was never a mullet. Just long hair, one length. Don’t let anyone tell you different. Never a mullet. No.
Q: Did Curtis Stigers have a track on the soundtrack of the movie “The Bodyguard” starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner?
A: Yes, Curtis recorded Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding” for the album, and it sold over 40 million copies worldwide, which made Nick Lowe very very happy.
Q: Didn’t Curtis record duets with Shawn Colvin, Jules Shear, Julia Fordham and Al Green?
A: Yeah. Lucky guy, huh?
Q: So I guess Curtis makes jazz records now?
A: Yes, you could certainly say that, although it’s kind of complicated. Since 2001 Curtis Stigers has released eight albums on the Concord Jazz label. His 2003 release, “You Inspire Me” was the London Times “Jazz Album of the Year.” In 2007 Stigers was named Jazz Artist of the Year by BBC Radio 2. In May 2010, Mr. Stigers was named International Male Jazz Singer of the Year by Deutsche Phono-Akademie at the inaugural Jazz Echo Awards which was broadcast on German television. His last release was produced by Larry Klein and featured songs by Bob Dylan, Neil Finn, Jeff Tweedy, Steve Earle, Paul Buchanan, Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper, and more. His new album, Hooray For Love, is a return to classic romantic pop/jazz singing, featuring several classic standards, some new original songs, and a Steve Earle tune. The album harkens back to the records of his heroes Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Blossom Dearie, and Peggy Lee.
Q: Hasn’t Curtis Stigers toured with the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, George Benson, Randy and Michael Brecker, and The Allman Brothers Band, and written songs with Carole King, Glen Ballard, Danny Kortchmar, Barry Mann, Jules Shear, and Paul Brady.
A: Yes he has. It beats having a day job, eh?
Q: Haven’t I seen Curtis Stigers on The Tonight Show a bunch of times, and on David Letterman and the Today Show, too?
A: Yes, that’s quite possible.
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