If you were to take a hefty amount of artistic integrity, natural talent, creativity, consistency, family support and influence, and sheer determination, put all of it into a pot, and stir, you’d come out with a combination that embodies the art of Curtis Lovell.
Curtis Lovell is an artist born and raised in Buffalo New York, who writes and records music as if each musical piece is its own journal entry, and each performance is an opportunity to sing about what she knows. Influenced by the likes of Jill Scott, Nina Simone, Nat King Cole, and Patsy Cline, Curtis manages to form a new sound that signifies bravery, growth, and authenticity. Curtis Lovell began singing at the ripe age of 4 years old when her mother realized that her child had the gift of perfect pitch. Once she was entering high school, she began to take her hobby seriously as she pulled from her life experiences, wins, and losses, to find her signature sound and style.
“I’ve lost as much as I’ve gained”
Although Curtis Lovell has experienced many of life’s tests, including the passing of her brother and writing partner, losing her best friend to suicide in 2013, and the passing of her nephew when she was 18 years of age, Curtis Lovell has continued to use the pain to grow as a person, influence her community, all while continuing to display her artistic abilities all over Western New York as a musician, actress, and speaker. She is actively involved with the Ujima Theater Company- which works to provide professional acting opportunities to performers, while preserving the essence of African American theater. She has been featured in productions such as “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf”, “Free Fred Brown”, and more! She has been a featured speaker for “Creative Mornings”, and has released a phenomenal independent album titled “Cicada Champagne” which is currently available on Sound Cloud.
With the release of her new album on the horizons, and the continuing perfection of her craft, Curtis Lovell anticipates furthering her career as an independent artist who is concerned with maintaining her roots in Buffalo, continuing to gain self-knowledge, display unconditional love, bravery, authenticity, and maximizing her creativity, because to her “fame is not the goal”. Curtis would advise young artists who wish to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and artistry to believe in themselves and allow room for change. “Change means you are becoming more of yourself. Also, trust your community. They are your soul supports and they will show up even if no one else does”. Curtis Lovell is a force for good, an example of love, and a true and authentic artist.