Cat Ridgeway is an accomplished genre-bending singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Orlando, Florida. She discovered songwriting after picking up the guitar in middle school and realizing she didn’t know how to play any existing songs. She started noodling around. And she never stopped.
That noodling lit a fire that has since brought her from writing songs in her bedroom to opening the main stage at Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival for Trombone Shorty, Arcade Fire, Leon Bridges, Lil Dicky, and Local Natives; performing three sets at 30A Songwriters Festival; playing the Wire and Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival with the likes of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Justin Townes Earle, Dan Wilson (of Semisonic), and Glenn Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket); and her debut performance at House of Blues Orlando.
In 2016, Cat won indie rock duo Tegan and Sara’s world-wide cover contest. Cat has also had the privilege of working with Gordon Kennedy (co-writer of "Change the World" recorded by Eric Clapton) and many other notable producers and players. She has also written for films, overfunded a Kickstarter campaign, sung radio jingles, and donated her time to organizations such as Nemours Children's Hospital, Tunes for Tots, Make A Wish Foundation, and Hospice of the Comforter.
"I like this tune [Whiskey Lullabies] a lot." - Jim Colbert, The Jim Colbert Show, Real Radio 104.1
"[She] taps into the tradition of American songwriting..." - Matthew Peddie, NPR
"That's the best version I've ever heard of [Jewel's 'Who Will Save Your Soul?']" - DJ BooDreaux, Fishing Florida Radio
"...a bubbly, engaging performer from any stage she plays on...both the covers and catchy originals grabbed the attention of everyone who might have been trying to just pass by, compelling them to settle in for her showcase." - Kat Coffin, National Indie Music Examiner
“At Elixir, Orlando singer/songwriter Cat Ridgeway's solo acoustic set provided a terrific welcoming vibe [to Florida Music Festival] with her guitar, harmonica and sweetly flowing vocals." - Kat Coffin - The Examiner