Draped in a chartreuse corset gown by House of Aama, rising R&B singer-songwriter Courtnie returned to NeueHouse this summer, packing the Spanish Steps at Madison Square once again. With soulful, sumptuous vocals and lyrics that celebrate self-love, Courtnie’s stage presence was magnetic—the audience could not resist singing along at her invitation. Before she left, we grabbed her for a quick Q&A on creative process and inspiration.
St. Louis, MO
Path not taken:
Describe your ideal workspace:
Upstate New York or any countryside with hilltop views,
with the sound of the breeze and birds chirping during the
day and crickets or rain sounds at night.
What’s a metaphor to describe your creative process?
A shedding of skin.
I tend to get my best ideas and breakthroughs by:
Living life out loud, then long bouts of solitude.
What piece of creative work has had an impact on your own?
Voodoo by D’Angelo
Foundation on Apple TV+
Upgrade by Blake Crouch
Anything by Frank Ocean
What’s something “new” in your life and/or working-life?
I’m going on tour with my friend Kari Faux!
Favorite spot in New York?
Anywhere in Bed-Stuy
What do you hope to work on next (or in the near future)?
My album <3
Best creative advice you’ve ever received:
Don’t be afraid to make bad art.