A native of Santa Monica, California, Courtney has been active musically since elementary school. Her early performances include fundraisers with such acclaimed artists as Natalie Cole and Robert Winter, as well as her solo Jazz debut at 15 with Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton. Ella Fitzgerald, Janis Joplin, Eva Cassidy, Fiona Apple and Billy Holliday all inspired her to investigate a wide range of genres. This appreciation for a wide pallet of musical styles lead her to the Jazz and Contemporary Program at Manhattan's prestigious New School University, of which she is a graduate with a high respect for the blues due to her studies with the incredible pianist Junior Mance.
Back in Santa Monica, she recorded her debut CD “Stay With Me” teaming her with Grammy winner Mike Acosta as a co-writer, Producer and Saxophonist. Mr. Acosta is known as the creative genius behind the original Brian Setzer Orchestra, for which her served as Musical Director, Arranger and featured soloist. For her first full-length recording he surrounded her with Grammy nominees and LA session players to add experience to her youthful sound. This combination of youth and experience propels her music on a journey through several of her favorite styles yet still sounds unique. The title cut “Stay With Me” garnered Courtney and Honorable Mention in the 2006 John Lennon Song Writing Competition.
Courtney's Santa Monica roots also extend out from her time at Santa Monica Community College where she was introduced to George Kahn. She appears on Kahn's 2006 release “Compared To What?”, which charted in the top ten for the year in Europe. She also appears on his 2008 release singing “Use Me” on the album “Cover Up”. Courtney appears around LA with Kahn from time to time at venues such as The Jazz Bakery, Catalina Bar and Grill, LACMA and other familiar Jazz haunts in the city. She has also performed with the Hollywood Symphony Choir honoring great composers of our time in beautiful Royce Hall of UCLA and has been a section leader and volunteer vocal instructor for the Idyllwild Festival Choir, which performs at Disney Hall every summer.
Courtney has spent the remainder of 2008 touring Hong Kong as one of Standout Music International's Artists, returning the summer of 2009 to record her next album “Cherry Blossoms” of all original songs inspired by her travels to New York, Hong Kong and her home, Los Angeles. Keep on the lookout for this album is sure to be a hit!
Currently her weekly segment “On The Move With Courtney Lemmon” with host Gary Hamada has been put on hold while the radio show switches gears to stream live online in HD. Check www.forlocalsonly.com for the schedule in your area. The Independent Film industry has picked up on Courtney's sound so listen close as you watch….you may hear her in your favorite film.