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Curtis is an international rhythm and blues singer out of Westchester county New York, who started out in the entertainment business as a mobile DJ in 1981. He started singing professionally in 1985 after being encouraged by a friend to join a band after singing in front of them at a company Christmas party. He continued his DJ'ing, but, the stage is where Curtis shines. He appears to be a “natural” on stage with a 10,000 kilowatt smile and a presence you can almost feel.

His earliest influences include Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, Nat “King” Cole and O.C. Smith. The most significant influence is Robert Cray. He was a founding member of a local Westchester blues band called “Blues Depot” performing in numerous venues across the tri state area. Blues Depot opened for C.J Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY, to which after their performance, C.J. exclaimed, “Blues Depot is Slammin'!” That performance opened the door for them to open for the late, great blues legend, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. Blues Depot also managed to get a coveted spot in the Bayou Blues and Music Festival held at Croton Point Park.

Later on, the band took a hiatus and returned as The Curtis Winchester band and continued to perform across the region including stops in Towanda, Pennsylvania at The Keystone Theater, where The CWB performed in 2004 and were asked to return by the local fans in 2006 and 2008.

Curtis has freelanced over the years and has lent his frontman/lead singer abilities to several local bands. Since 2006 he has been the main singer for Grammy Nominated guitarist Gil Parris and his band, performing regularly around the region. Curtis was the singer when the Gil Parris Band opened for the legendary “King of the Blues”, B.B. King in 2009 at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill. Together with Gil, Curtis ran successful jam session on Wednesday nights first at the Lazy Lounge and later at Ron Blacks Beer Hall in White Plains, NY from 2006 to 2015. Gil continues to run this high octane jam which draws local artists as well as celebrities such as Bernie Williams once even LL Cool J.

Curtis has also performed as “Curtis Winchester and Friends” which was put together by local pianist Dave Pressel in an effort to perform at a local music festival called Maplewoodstock in Maplewood, New Jersey. After their performance in 2009, the “Friends” show was asked to return in 2010.

In 2008, Curtis began production on his solo CD, “Do the Natural Thing” produced by Stoopid Daddy Records. It has been a labor of love and was released in October of 2011. One song on the album, in particular, is close to Curtis’ heart. “Carry On” – co-written by Curtis and Stoopid Daddy Records founder, Scott Staton – is a tribute to his long-time friend, Steven Scenna, who passed away from Melanoma in 2009.

In April of 2012, Curtis made his international debut with two performances in France at La Seguiniere in La Gaude near Nice, France. Backed up by local musicians from "Les Six Jazz Potes", Curtis performed songs from "Do the Natural Thing" along with fan favorites by his early influences. The French crowd adored Curtis and he has been invited back any time he visits the area.  

Curtis is currently performing in the tri-state area with two separate projects:

-         “The Curtis Winchester Band”

o   A five-piece band performing Motown, R&B Soul and Rock.

 

-         “Crooning with Curtis”

o   A trio or quartet performing the classics from Nat “King” Cole, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Lennon/McCartney and many more. Click here to view a promo of Crooning with Curtis.

 

In addition, Curtis runs a successful entertainment company, Alert Music Company, which provides bands, DJ’s, sound and event management.

Curtis is a versatile vocalist who enjoys and masters many different genres – R&B and Soul to Rock… Nat and Ray to Jason Mraz. There’s never a dull moment when Curtis is in the room.