Cynthia Catania started singing in the basements of NJ and the clubs of NYC ‘til her brave move west when she landed in Los Angeles with a guitar she won in a radio contest – with barely any ability to play. “I started plunking out songs at open mics in Hollywood then I got my first residency at a late-night coffee shop on Sunset Blvd – right across from a tattoo shop. I was boldly dropping off cassette tapes during the day to record labels like Madonna’s Maverick – this was right around the time Alanis Morrisette was bubbling up and women were taking back FM radio,” Catania said.
The game changed was when she met Dublin born Annmarie Cullen . The two started writing together and became fast friends immediately. “There was this kinetic energy we felt,” says Cynthia, “and everyone around us felt it too. We dropped our solo projects and put all our energy into our new band, which became Saucy Monky .” The pair recorded their first EP and during a trip back to Ireland, Annmarie sent the disc to beloved Today FM DJ Tom Dunne . The rest happened fast – the quartet (filled out by rhythm section Adam Marcello and Carson Cohen) went on to chart in Ireland and tour in support of their debut record. Irish press & radio play brought the band to festival stages like Oxegen and O2 in the Park . Back in the States, momentum was building as well. The LA Times said this: “Saucy Monky shares a lot of the qualities of pop’s classic female-fronted bands — Irrepressible melodicism and smart lyrics… ” Songwriting success carried over to film & TV with a theme song on ABC daytime.Niall Stokes , the editor of Hot Press Magazine , championed the girls and gave they’re follow up album Turbulence a stellar album review and multiple features in the mag. It came out years later that the girls were dating, and the band imploded after their breakup – even though they continued to play shows and record, the spark was lost.
In 2016, Cynthia accepted an invitation to join The Secret Things & was licensed by Sweden’s Loud Kult Records . The trio released the #MeToo inspired track ‘Keeper’ in 2018. Three provocative music videos culminated in a powerful cover of PJ Harvey’s ‘ Down By The Water ’ directed by her partner and Mars100 candidate Sue Ann Pien . Cynthia was invited by editor Niall Stokes to write a sex column for Hot Press Magazine , mid-2018. Her fascinating stories & interviews ran for the better part of the year.
Last summer, she launched back into her long-awaited solo career with the single & time-lapsed video for ‘ Phones ’. September’19 brought her back to Irish shores for solo appearances, the first-ever in Eire, and a follow-up tour with the Songwriters On Tap collective. This Spring’s she’ll be playing solo again and joining the “3 Voices 3 Sets ” tour featuring mates Annmarie Cullen and Naimee Colema n ; both Irish born performers and stars and solo artists in their own right. The “3” recently performed live on RTEs Arena . No stranger to bigger shows, there will be a few big-name surprises on the upcoming solo tour; more details and dates to follow! Catania has been developing a captivating live set – with samplers and FX. The follow up to ‘Phones’ drops on February 20th. ‘Sidelines’, also penned by Cullen, hits radio, press, TV and music blogs starting early February. There’s a festive cat video (shhh) accompanying the track, release date TBD!
Cynthia Catania & Annmarie Cullen with The Young Dubliners
March 23, Empire Music Hall, Belfast
3 Voices, 3 Sets Tour, Spring 2020:
March 26, Central Arts Waterford
March 27, Workman’s Club Dublin
April 2, Spirit Store Dundalk
April 3, Roisin Dubh Galway