Courtney Swain is a singer, pianist, and composer based in Providence, RI.
Courtney fronts Bent Knee; a Boston-based rock band described by The Wall Street Journal as a "silo-smashing sextet [that] taps into chamber pop, industrial rock, metal and prog-rock. Featuring the versatile, ever-appealing voice of Courtney Swain, Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness." The band's 4th album "Land Animal" was released in June 2017 from InsideOutMusic/Sony. Courtney and Bent Knee were nominated for Boston Music Awards in 2017 in the categories of Best Female Vocalist and Alternative/Indie Artist of the Year.
When Bent Knee is off the road, Courtney writes and performs as a solo artist and a collaborator. After releasing a stripped-down acoustic solo EP "Growing Pains" in November 2017, she is currently working on a full-length album which she conceived during a residency awarded from the Turkey Land Cove Foundation.
Reviewing her 2015 solo album Monstre, The New England Noise wrote, "powerful, melodious lead vocals vary from gentle and flexible to sweet and plaintive to snappy and tough, all hovering over dexterous keyboards with electronica swirls that shift between smooth tonal passages and discordant intervals."
In her most recent collaboration with NY-based trio Childish Japes, Courtney contributed to the title track for the band's debut album "After You're Born" which premiered in Modern Drummer.
"Flawless voice, skillful piano work,
and genuine lyrics."
- MonkeyGoose Magazine
"Delivers emphatic, enigmatic lyrics in a manner that can evoke Björk, Alanis Morissette, or Joanna Newsom while sounding like no one but herself."
- The Boston Globe
"Showcases incredible power and range
with her most impassioned sentiments."
- Rebel Noise