Courtney Chambers is no average singer/songwriter. She is one of the desert’s most veteran musicians; her first release came in 2001. She was recently featured on a KCOD documentary series showcasing the great women musicians of the valley, and her music has been used in many different television shows and movies. Her next show will be on Friday, Sept. 6, at Desert Fox Bar in Palm Desert. For a complete itinerary, visit courtneychambers.net. Chambers recently answered the Lucky 13; here are her answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
The Beach Boys, when I was 8 years old at a fair in Texas.
What was the first album you owned?
Huey Lewis and the News’ Sports (1983), a gift from my dad for Christmas
What bands are you listening to right now?
I’ve been pretty inspired by current pop these days: Sidetripp, Mandy Brooke, Taylor Swift, Kasey Musgraves, Ariana Grande, Mr. Carmack, Eevaan Tre, Demi Lovato, Tove Lo, and always … Led Zeppelin.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
Ha ha, I’m probably going to get hung for this, but I don’t get the obsession over Ed Sheeran. I think he is insanely talented, but his music, for the most part, just doesn’t move me.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
For sure, I have to say right now, Taylor Swift … but it’s a revolving door for me.
What’s your favorite music venue?
To perform: Spotlight 29. To attend: Hollywood Bowl.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
I love these questions! I wake up every morning with a different random song stuck in my head, but the sax intro to “Careless Whisper” is what really haunts me.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Wow. Sarah McLachlan. She was the first female musician I heard doing what I wanted to do musically. She was making music that affected me in every way: sonically, lyrics-wise, (and her) emotive deliverance. It was the first time I thought that I can do this. I used to make drives to the beach at 19 listening to Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. It’s still, to this day, one of my favorites, and one of the most powerful records I’ve ever heard.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
Brian Wilson: “When do feel you had the best musical ideas, stoned or sober?”
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Fumbling Towards Ecstasy,” Sarah McLachlan: “and if I shed a tear, I won’t cage it. I won’t fear love, and if I feel rage, I won’t deny it. I won’t fear love.”
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Dang. Now that is a tough one. Well, I’ve been gushing most of this interview about Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, Sarah McLachlan.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Space Cowboy,” Kacey Musgraves. (Scroll down to hear it!)