He began his formal training in high school as a student at the Horizons School for the Performing Arts, under the personal direction of guitar virtuoso, Dorian Hachigian, and famed record producer, Bones Howe.
While still attending high school, Curtis was taken under the wing of record producer, Stephen Barncard (Crosby Stills and Nash, The Doobie Brothers, The Grateful Dead), and it was during this period that Curtis and Stephen Barncard recorded some of Curtis' earliest original compositions.
Just out of high school, Curtis embarked on a duo performance project with Louise Goffin, (Carole Kings daughter), under the name "Goffin and Coleman." Upon the release of Louise's solo debut album, Curtis was heralded by People magazine as one of the "fresh faces" in the world of popular music for his vocal stylings on the album "Kid Blue." Following the tour that launched the Kid Blue album, Curtis embarked on a solo performance and writing career that has served him and his audience well ever since.
He has worked over the years with such notables as Carole King, Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar, J.D. Souther, Peter Yarrow, and members of the band "TOTO", to name but a few.
Most notably however, Curtis Coleman is a former member of the world reknown folk group "The New Christy Minstrels," who's alumni roster reads like a "who's who" in the world of entertainment.
Curtis shares this legacy with performers like Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes, Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark ("The Byrds"), Karen Black, and John Denver. All who have contributed in making "The New Christy Minstrels" an icon in American folk music.
Over the past twelve years, after developing "Songs of Safety" (Curtis' award winning school assembly program), Curtis has brought this program to the schools and children of America in astonishing numbers. He has performed this program for thousands of schools, to millions of children and educators.
Curtis has appeared as "Special Keynote Speaker" to Principal's Conferences in 22 states, and has been an invited distinguished guest to two general assemblies of the NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals) state leaders conferences, 1997 and 1999.
In April of 2001, Curtis Coleman delivered an ambitious and memorable performane for the opening general session of the NAESP National Convention, and received a standing ovation from over 6,000 of America's school administrators.
Curtis' "Songs of Safety" performances have been requested by schools in small rural areas of America, large metropolitan school districts, as well as an invitation to the White House in 1998.
Curtis' many awards include "Songwriter of the Year" by the CMA as well as The Parents Choice Award for "Best Elementary age Assembly in America".
These days, Curtis Coleman releases to the public this year, "I Have A Voice". This "Live" recording of Curtis' award winning chldren's concert was co-produced by Mark Towner Willams, (son of the great film composer/maestro, John Williams).
Mark spends most of his time these days as drummer/producer for the Australian based group,Air Supply, and has worked over the years with an endless list of artists that include Crosby Stills and Nash, and Tina Turner.
This highly anticipated live recording is being heralded by critics as "...possibly the most exciting childrens recording to be released this year".
When he is not touring, Curtis Coleman resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Check out the artist's website:
1. America The Beautiful
2. Coming To America
3. Too Hot To Handle (Stop Drop and Roll)
4. Your Is Yours, And Mine Is Mine
5. Ridin' My Bike Around
6. I Said No To Drugs
7. This Land Is Your Land