Curtis Stigers

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Curtis Stigers

What happened to Curtis Stigers? I wonder…why?(!) Remember, you’re all that matters to him!

Long haired, saxophone playing, Michael Bolton wannabe Curtis Stigers (b.1965) was the surprise hit of 1991 and 1992 with his debut album and two chart hit singles. He has since become a prolific jazz performer, releasing innumerable albums and playing to devoted fans across America and beyond. So let’s where he came from and what became of him after the storm.

Idaho born Curtis became a jazz devote from an early age and in his late teens, spent time in jazz clubs singing and playing his favourite instrument, the saxophone and it was from there that he was ‘discovered’ and given a recording contract with Artista Records. Curtis released his self-titled album in September 1991, but it wasn’t until the end of the year that the first single, “I Wonder Why?”, was released separately. The song made its way to No.9 on the Billboard singles chart and early in 1992, to No.5 in the UK. “I Wonder Why?” was also a top ten hit in many other parts of the world and saw much increased sales in his debut long player.

His follow up, “You’re All The Matters To Me”, came in the Spring of 1992 and peaked at No.6 in the UK, while charting a lowly No.98 Stateside. Not to worry, “Curtis Stigers” was by now a top ten hit in itself and shifting hundreds of thousands of copies. Two more singles were lifted from the album, “Sleeping With The Lights On” and “Never Saw A Miracle”, which gave him a third top 40 entry in the UK. Curtis rounded off 1992 with his version of Brinsley Schwarz’s 1974 song “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?”, which was recorded by Curtis for Whitney Houston’s smash hit film soundtrack, “The Bodyguard”.

Curtis released his follow up, “Time Was”, in 1995, which included the UK hit “This Time” and the single “Keep Me From The Cold”, and by now Curtis has cut his hair as well! He recorded with British singer Julia Fordham in 1998 on a new duet version of her single, “Where Does The Time Go?” for her best of “Collection” and finished the decade with his own release, “Brighter Days”. Curtis signed with the Concord Jazz label at the beginning of 2000 and has since released nine albums of jazz classics, his most recent having just been released today (May 2020), “Gentleman”, which includes a video for the title track, which Curtis himself describes as “What does it mean to be a gentleman in this day and age?” Curtis found himself confronting that question from a variety of angles. The result is his most personal, resonant, and vibrant collection to date.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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