Cathy Graham Biography
I was born and raised on a farm near Marsden, Saskatchewan. As I have grown older I often appreciate the fact that I grew up in rural Saskatchewan. Oh yes we sometimes felt that we were missing out on what we believed were the benefits of city life but I wouldn’t change a thing. My parents instilled a strong work ethic and I am thankful for that. There was always work to be done on the farm.
I am the third child of eight. Coming from such a large family can have its headaches but on the whole it is a nice feeling to belong to such a large group. There are so many of us that we now have to rent a facility for any of our family functions.
Most of my adult life I have worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. I have worked in all three hospitals but for the last twelve years have been working on the orthopedic ward at City Hospital.
I always remember that my mother would have music playing in our house. I also remember that Mom loved to sing along. Because of these beginnings I have enjoyed music all of my life. I wrote poetry in my earlier years and later on began to combine melodies with my words. I kept most of these within my head and just never took the time to write them out or even to record them on a cassette.
In 2002 I began to sing with a group called Relative Harmony (we are all related). We performed at senior’s homes and at gospel jamborees. In that same year I realized that I should start writing down some of my songs as it was getting harder to remember as the number of songs increased.
The first song that I felt was good enough to record was “Waltz Across The Prairies”. It was written in 2002 but it wasn’t until around 2008 that I actually did record this song. As I don’t feel that I have vocal strength I had my niece Jamie Lussier sing lead and a cousin Hazel Wiens to help with the harmonies. When the song was completed I sent it to a local Saskatoon radio station. My song got played on Saturday nights and over time it was requested more frequently. The listening audience began to contact me and I would mail CDs to them. If they lived right in Saskatoon I would deliver them. I got to meet and talk to numerous people and in our discussions I was asked if I had other songs that had been recorded. I started to feel confident in sharing more of my music.
That is how the journey to make my CD began. I am happy to be able to share my songs with you. I will share more of my travels and experiences with you on the blog that I have on the website.
Hoping you enjoy my music.