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"exciting eclectic jazz vocals" - Dick Metcalf
Strong, passionate, vivacious and daring, Courtney Freed is a dynamic vocalist in a class all her own. She is a Portland based singer, songwriter, creatrix and educator. She has been called a "whirlwind of excitement" as well as "effervescent" and "breathtaking." Whether she is belting out a Queen classic or a sultry standard, she is sure to captivate many a listener. She has performed in many prestigious venues in New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles as well as Portland, where she resides. Her sparkling and smooth tribute through the Great American Songbook is not to be missed live. She also sings lead with local swing band, The Courtney Freed Five. Her next album, "Big Crazy Love," a delicious combination of jazz inspired originals and covers will be released in early 2022. For more info, visit www.courtneyfreedmusic.com..
No stranger to the local musical theatre scene, her most favorite recent roles were Florence in Chess at Lakewood Theater Company and Trina (Drammy nom!) in Live on Stage's Falsettos. She has also tread the boards of Portland Center Stage, Pixiedust Productions, Broadway Rose, Lakewood, Profile, Triangle Productions and many more! Courtney is the creator of the wildly popular local concert series, Portland Sings!, bringing together some of the city's finest vocalists for a magical evening in a variety of musical themes. As a producer and creator, she has helmed countless themed concerts, including "I’ll Stop the World and Belt with you," a John Hughesical, “The Coco & Ruby Variety Hour" and most recently, a Freddie Mercury tribute show called "Mercury Rising," which premiered in Portland with Live on Stage in April 2018 and has been shared with audiences at Artists Repertory Theater in Portland and Oregon Cabaret Theater in Ashland.
"She projects an amiable stance, with a relaxed comfort level that makes one want to just sit back and smile or sway along. The voice is clear and unaffected, with phrasing that feels natural."
"Ah, let the worries of the world simply melt away as chanteuse Courtney Freed takes you on a journey with her breezy new album Big Crazy Love. With a very wide and break-free range, and lightly tittering vibrato, Freed offers her own accessible tunes"
-Tony Frankel, Stage and Cinema
"From the moment she came out and sang the first few notes of "Take My Breath Away," Freed had the audience in the palm of her hand. " - Broadway World
"The main attraction is Freed herself, who is a whirlwind of excitement as she travels through more than a dozen songs of Mercury’s, lead singer of Queen, as he travels, through Freed’s extraordinary vocal range, the “road[s] not taken.”
- Dennis Sparks
"Freed is a belter...and the power of the Queen canon isn't diluted one decibel." -The Oregonian
"Her voice is AMAZING." - KGW
" Freed is the funky, effervescent belter" -Chicago Theatre Addict
"Freed's shining moment was with her own composition "Movie Boy" where she sings to a portrait, a la Garland to Gable."
-Broadway World LA
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