Curtis Harding

Artist information

Soul isn't a feeling, a sound or a movement. It's a connection, a current in the air — the spark of recognition, emotions leaping across live wires. It's the way a sinewy bassline steers your hips and eyes to the stranger across the club. It's how a handful of humble words can give millions the inspiration to overcome. It's the genius of a simple chorus that can explain the hard truths you couldn't last time you saw her.

Curtis Harding says that soul music, and his music, speak for themselves. It's self-evident on the Atlanta artist's debut, Soul Power. The driving sound of his electrified Stratocaster, the foot-stomping backbeat and the lyrics swimming in reverb — with something this flourishing, it's almost reductive to just dig around the roots.

Harding's style was born in Michigan and bred on the road, a restless childhood spent singing gospel alongside an evangelizing mother, then cultivated in Atlanta, where he sang backup for CeeLo Green and befriended the Black Lips (he plays with Cole Alexander in Night Sun).

But, as befits a restless traveler, his music calls one place home, but fits in anywhere. The heartbreaking optimism of "Next Time," a wry breakup tale mapping out a road the protagonists may never meet upon, the bottom-scraping blues of "Castaway," or the wistful affection of "Keep on Shining" could easily be Harding's story, or yours. They're scenes you didn't perform in, but know all the lines.

There's a foundation to the stirring soul Harding has created. "Gospel is inspiring," says Harding. "From hardship and trials, you make something beautiful. It's the history of black people in America, what happened to us during slavery, it's the foundation of blues, R&B, soul, country, rock." But he's not just preaching to the choir — Harding's out there on the road, singing alongside everyone else looking for something real. 

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Upcoming shows

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Past shows

2019

Curtis Harding Rotterdam, North Sea Jazz Festival

2018

Curtis Harding Nijmegen , Doornroosje
Curtis Harding Rotterdam, Lantaren Venster
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Curtis Harding Rotterdam, Lantaren Venster
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Curtis Harding Groningen , Oosterpoort
Curtis Harding Groningen , Oosterpoort
Curtis Harding Beuningen, Down The Rabbit Hole
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Curtis Harding Amsterdam, Ziggo Dome

2017

Curtis Harding Amsterdam , Paradiso
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Curtis Harding Amsterdam , Bitterzoet
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2015

Curtis Harding Utrecht, TivoliVredenburg / Ronda
Curtis Harding Biddinghuizen, Lowlands
Curtis Harding , North Sea Jazz
Curtis Harding Zeewolde, Where The Wild Things Are
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Curtis Harding Amsterdam , Paradiso
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2014

Curtis Harding Eindhoven , Effenaar
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Curtis Harding Rotterdam, Rotown
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Curtis Harding Amsterdam , Paradiso
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Curtis Harding Groningen, Simplon
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Curtis Harding Nijmegen , Doornroosje

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