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Catie Curtis Gives the Gift of Music

 Catie Curtis Gives the Gift of Music
Seventeen caught up with singer/songwriter Catie Curtis, whose songs have been featured on TV shows including Desperate Housewives and Alias, as she gets ready to release her ninth album, Sweet Life. She's also in the midst of the launch of her new charity initiative, "Aspire to Inspire"!

When Catie was 15, her neighbor gave her a guitar on the condition that Catie promise to learn to play it — and the rest is history! Now, Catie wants to return the favor, and on September 9, she'll be giving away 15 guitars to disadvantaged kids in New York City who are passionate about learning to play, just like she was. Catie says that music is so incredible because it allows people to "find that voice inside themselves and share it with the world," and she's superexcited about giving these kids the chance to do that.

"Use the creative process — singing, writing, art, dance, whatever — to get to know yourself better," Catie advises those passionate about music. "Get to know the real you, rather than try to look like or dress like those around you." Sounds like good advice to us!

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