About Me

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My Industry Credentials

  As A Fourteen-Year Member Of The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), I, Cat Ellington, Am Also An Elected Member Of The Guild of International Songwriters and Composers (GISC), The Association of Independent Music Publishers (AIMP) The Harry Fox Agency (HFA), And The Academy of American Poets (AAP). Aside From These Of My Professional Elections, I Serve As A Member Of The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) In My Personal Philanthropic Efforts.

 Since The Age Of Ten, I Have Composed Hundreds Of Song Works Which Span (24) Genres. And From The R&B Collection Of My Catalogue, Five Compositions Are Featured On The Soundtrack To An Upcoming Motion Picture Of The Thriller Genre - In The Sub Genres Of Psychological And Suspense. 

 

  • Note: For Information On My Filmography, Please Consult The Following: The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Letterboxd, and The Movie Database (TMDb). 

 

My Greatest Musical Influences

    There Are Many Extraordinary And Legendary Songwriters And Composers Who Have Influenced My Own Style Of Musical Creativity. And Whether Some Of Them Have Passed On Or Remain With Us, Their Creative Contributions Continue To Play A Meaningful Role In My Own Body Of Work.

 These Great Influences Include:

 Stevie Wonder, Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff,

Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (Of Holland/Dozier/Holland Fame), Frankie Beverly, Smokey Robinson, Eddie Kendricks (The First Man That I Ever Desired To Marry. Hee-Hee . . . He Was Greatness.), Danny Joe Brown & Dave Hlubek (Of My Beloved Molly Hatchet Fame), Hugh Edward "Hughie" Thomasson, Jr. (Of My Much-Adored Outlaws Fame),    

   Lionel Richie, Basia, Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading, Angie Stone, George 'Bad To The Bone' Thorogood, Mark Knopfler, Joe Cocker, Ian Anderson (Of Jethro Tull Fame),  

  Roberta Flack, Carlos Santana, Bernie Taupin,

  Sir Elton John, Eric Carmen, Gerry Beckley (Of America Fame), Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, David Bowie, Roger Waters, Rupert Holmes, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, 

   Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr. & Adam Clayton (Of U2 Fame), Don Henley, Lou Gramm, Tommy Shaw & Dennis DeYoung (Of Styx Fame), David Byrne, Joe Lynn Turner, Ritchie Blackmore, Nikki Sixx, Sean Callery,

  Jeff Carlisi & Donnie Van Zant (Of .38 Special Fame. God, I LOVE .38 Special. I Really Do. Love Those Wild-Eyed Southern Boys.),  

  Eddie Money, David Gates (Of Bread Fame), Michael Stipe, Brian Johnson & Angus Young (Of AC/DC Fame), Billy Squier, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, & Stevie Nicks (Not Only As Members Of Fleetwood Mac, But In Their Solo Careers As Well.),      

  Bruce Hornsby, Lenny Kravitz, Jim Seals & Dash Crofts, Paul Davis, Roger Hodgson (Of Supertramp Fame), Jonny "Red Light" Lang,  

   Michael McDonald, Rob Halford (Of Judas Priest Fame. Halford, By The Way, Was The Inspiration For The Heavy Metal Collection's Artwork), Mark Slaughter, 

    The Late, And Waaay Too Great Ronnie 'Ooh...That Smell. Can'tchu Smell That Smell?' Van Zant (Of Lynyrd Skynyrd Fame. There's Just Something About Those Van Zants, I Swear),   

  Neil Young, Bruce (The Boss) Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Lobo, James Taylor, Kevin Cronin (Of REO Speedwagon Fame), Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jim 'Mr. Mojo Risin'' Morrison,   

  Andrew Lloyd Webber, Fred Ebb, Lou & Peter Berryman, Pat Travers, Sir Rod Stewart, David Crosby, Joe Walsh, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page (Of Led Zeppelin Fame),  

  Frankie Yankovic, Walter Becker & Donald Fagen (Of Steely Dan Fame), Gregg Allman, Geddy Lee (Of Rush Fame), Bob Dorough, Lynn Ahrens, Dave Frishberg,

  Rod Temperton, Jim Peterik, David Pack, Mark Farner (Of Grand Funk Railroad Fame), Graham Russell (Of Air Supply Fame), The Late, Groovy David Peverett (Of Foghat Fame),    

  Maurice White, Vernon White, Philip Bailey, Al Jarreau, Michael Hutchence, Daryl Hall, John Oates,

  Bob Marley, Nile Rodgers, Quincy Jones, Henry Mancini, Jack Elliott, Bob James,

  Dave Grusin, Billy Joel, Todd Rundgren, Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, India.Arie, Sade, 

  Natalie Merchant, Michel Legrand, Musiq Soulchild, Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce, England Dan (Dan Seals) & John Ford Coley, 

   Bruce Dickinson (Of Iron Maiden Fame. In My Own Personal Opinion, Dickinson, As A Vocalist, Is In The Lineage Of Ronnie James (Dio) As One Of The Metal Genre's Greatest Voices. Just Thought I'd Throw That In.),   

  Harry Chapin, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Neil Diamond, John Mellancamp, Justin Hayward & John Lodge (Of The Moody Blues Fame),

  Don McLean, Bonnie Raitt, Elmer Bernstein, Jan Hammer, Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Mike Post, Barry, Maurice, & Robin Gibb (Of The Bee Gees Fame),

  Carly Simon, Paul 'Ace' Frehley, Ronnie James Dio, Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Amy Mann, Phoebe Snow,

   James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich (Of Metallica Fame. One Of The Greatest Metal Bands In The World, You Can't Have Metal Without METALlica), Tom Araya (Of Slayer Fame - Another Of My Favorite Metal Outfits),  

   Linda Creed, Thom Bell, Kenny Loggins, Paul Williams, Roger Nichols, Kenny Ascher, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Dave Matthews, Steve Perry & Neal Schon (Of Journey Fame), El DeBarge,

   Paul Stanley, Rob Thomas, Paul Simon, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bobby Womack,

  Ludwig van Beethoven, Burt Bacharach, Sting, Hal David, Carole Bayer Sager, Diane Warren,

   Alan & Marilyn Bergman, James Harris III & Terry Lewis, The Stanley Brothers (Who Are My Main Bluegrass Influences), Steve Miller, 

   Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Barry Manilow, Boz Scaggs, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Maxwell, John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney,

   Peter Cetera, Yolanda Adams, Jill Scott, Phil Collins, Alan Parsons, Bob Segar, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, Prince Rogers Nelson,

   Bob Dylan, Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson, Patrice Rushen, Siedah Garrett, Najee,

    Bill Withers, Terrence Blanchard, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, etc.

 

   These Are Among Some Of The Many Phenomenal Men And Women Of The Craft Who Have Both Inspired And Influenced Over 30 Years Of The Cat Ellington Song Work. 

 Storytellers, Babies!

 

My Very First Written Work

   Though The Gift Of Song Had Been Implanted In Me By The Living God From The Womb Of My Mother, I Had Not Been Allowed To Realize It Until I Was About Maybe Ages 6 Or 7. Music, From The Time That I Was Old Enough To Remember, Had Simply Been My Truest Passion. And I Knew, I Just Knew That Music Was What My Calling Had Been On Earth. I Could Feel It Deep Within Me - A Passion For Music.

 The Sound Of The Drum Cymbal Had Been My Obsession. There Was Just Something About That Sound. And Honestly, Whenever The Stereo System Was On In My Family's House, Which Was Often, I Would Find Myself Kneeling In Front Of The Speaker So That I Could Press My Ear Against It In Order To Better Absorb The Sound Of The Drum Cymbal. I Just Loved That Sound.

 The Late Dorothy 'Dottie' Luckett, Whom Had Been My First Musical Mentor, Took Me Under Her Wing While I Had Been A 7th Grader Attending John Charles Haines Elementary School In Chicago. We Both Had Three Things In Common: We Were Overweight; We Were Of The Same Skin Tone; And We Were Blessed With Great Musical Abilities. We Hit It Off Immediately. And I Would Soon Become Like A Daughter To Her, And She A Mother To Me. And I Had The Privilege Of Being Trained Under Her Exceptional Musical Tutelage - One On One. A Songwriter/Composer Herself, Dottie Had Written Our School Song.

 During My 7th And 8th Grade Years, I Studied The Piano At Her Instruction. And While At Home, I Wrote Whatever Words Had Came To Mind First. The Gift Was There, It Was Just A Matter Of Listening And Being Focused.

 There Had Been A Very Dear Friend Of Mine, During That Time, Named Marie Smith, Whom We All (My Childhood Friends, Family And Me) Had Dual Nicknamed 'Smitty' And 'Ree Ree.' And During The Winter Of 1981, She Had Been Conceived. Well, Of Course Everyone Had Been Excited, Especially Me, Because I Loved Marie Smith With Every Ounce Of My Being. She Had Been My Protector (Laughs) Whenever People Picked On Me And Made Fun Of My Weight. She'd Actually Physically Fought Someone About Me Once. And I Loved Her . . .So Very Much.

 After Learning Of 'Ree Ree's' Pregnancy, I'd Wanted To Do Something Special For Her To Celebrate It. I Just Didn't Know What To Do Exactly. Until Wednesday, January 14, 1981. That Had Been The Day That The Spirit Sent Me The First Five Words And The Melody For A Work Of Music That Would Honor The Pregnancy. And I Hadn't Been Getting My Tape Recorder Fast Enough. I Had To Record The Melody Orally. And I Wrote The Five Words Down On The Blank Sheet Of Paper. The Flow Stopped. That Was All I Had Gotten . . . I Prayed For The Rest.

  My Prayer Was Answered On Thursday, January 15, 1981 - The Very Next Day. And Sitting Alone In My Quiet Bedroom, I Focused. The Rest Of The Words And Music Flowed Down Upon Me Like A Sweet, Harmonious Rain, And I Had It. My Very First Song Work - Simple And Straight To The Point. It Was To Be Titled 'The Baby's Song,' And So It Was. Emotional As I Am, I Couldn't Remember A Time In My Childhood Where I Had Cried As Intensely As I Did - My Ten-Year-Old Mouth Full Of Godly Praise. 'The Baby's Song' Was Born Before The Unborn Child Who'd Inspired It. And It Had Been A Blessed Time.

 The Celebration Was Unforgettable. 

 

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