Fiddle, Guitar, Backup Vocals
Caitlin inherited her natural musical interest from her father who was a music professor. At age four she got a violin and began to be classically trained, eventually leading to studies under renown teachers such as Ivan Galamian (a colleague of Itzhak Perlman) and an assistant concert master position with the local youth symphony. However, Caitlin’s musical influences soon took a dramatic switch.
“It unleashed a wrath unlike anything I had ever heard before,” Caitlin recalled about the first time she heard Pearl Jam’s breaking single “Jeremy” on local rock station 99.9 KISW at age 13. She soon after purchased her first album: Pearl Jam’s debut “Ten”. Her new interest quickly advanced after her father purchased her an electric violin and amp for Christmas. By the 10th grade, Caitlin was fronting her first band. “We only played in a garage and lasted for around four months.”
After attending punk concerts by bands such as Bad Religion, Seven Year Bitch, and L7 and being bruised by the mosh pits of Seattle’s thriving grunge scene, Caitlin’s artistic direction was never the same. While attending college at Western Washington University in 1999, she joined the all-female folk rock act Late Tuesday. Through performances at local coffee shops, cafes, and clubs the band created a devoted following, encouraging the release of a self-titled album in 2001. Gradually, Caitlin’s stylistic focus evolved. Pursuing a solo career was inevitable.
Caitlin is a bonafide artist in her own right, and was a huge contribution to the band, Taylor’s life and her headlining tours up until the “RED Tour”. She’s currently pursuing her own projects. However, she was part of the production for Taylor’s 2021 re-record Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and contributed background vocals for the songs “Better Man (Taylor’s Version)” and “The Moment I Knew (Taylor’s Version)” on RED (Taylor’s Version). She wrote: “This milestone album showed that you could and would truly do it all. What beautiful dips and turns on memory lane, moments in your life, that the world gets to finally hear, as you intended. Congratulations, Taylor, so happy to watch you continue to dominate & shine. Honored to be a part of it all.”