His childhood was steeped in classical and jazz music, his early instruments were the piano and saxophone. From an early age, Kurtis was fascinated by soul and R&B sounds. “I loved people like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, George Clinton and bands like Earth Wind and Fire. I’m not a rock man” Kurtis admits.
When he left school in Sydney, Kurtis moved to Byron Bay and studied at Southern Cross University gaining a BA in Contemporary Music, majoring in Music Management and song writing which, he says, is his true love. “My passion lies in writing songs. I really love performing but the song writing is the ultimate juice”. The way he writes, he says, is a reflection of his life – “my music is true to how I live my life – I’m very much in touch with my friends and family and my songs reflect that. I just write from my heart. I write about whatever is meaningful to me.” The debut album is testament to this philosophy being very much a statement of Kurtis’ decision to pursue his passion, to stand up and be the person he was always meant to be and to never back down.