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Catherine Wacha is a singer/songwriter from Keansburg, NJ. But, to just label her as a singer/songwriter would be selling her short. She is also a performer, an organizer, and an activist. In the late nineties, she played guitar and sang for the experimental punk rock group, Pseudo Dolls. Upon the demise of that band, she switched gears in 2002 and bought an acoustic guitar and started writing songs at a furious pace. She plays them in a style all her own. She’s a performer that puts every single part of her being into each song. Whether she’s playing for two or two hundred people every word and strum is delivered with a raw intensity. The themes that she covers in her writing run the gamut from love, melancholy, triumph, rejection and a keen sense of what is and what will be.
As an organizer and an activist, she has put together her own charity to help in the fight against lupus. “Rock the Lup” is her team that raises money for the ALR. In its 4th year, the team has grown to over 50 people helping out and donating their time to help raise awareness about lupus. Along the way she has put on countless benefit shows, as well as three “Rock the Lup” compilation CD’s made up of New Jersey artists. Her intensity on the stage is matched by her intensity for the furthering of these causes. In addition to her charity work she also started and ran Vox : An Evening of Female Voices from 2006-2007 respectively.
This year poses to be a big one for Catherine. Working furiously with producer, Don Lee, her newest offering is imminent. The as yet untitled LP should bring her new fans and see her on more stages throughout the tri-state area. Her writing is maturing with the passage of time. The daily changes and curveballs that have been thrown her way have only brought a newfound sense of confidence in the words that she scribbles on the page. These songs should leave a nice little mark on the music community. Although, I think Catherine would be happy if it left a nice little scar, instead.