Courtney Shields

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About Courtney Shields

Texas-born Courtney Shields is a vocalist and songwriter who also enjoys a career blogging about fashion, makeup, and lifestyles, originally on her blog B.Y.O. Beauty and later establishing her own website that featured her music as well as her advice. While Shields had been performing in Texas for years, it was in 2019 that she started courting an audience outside the Lone Star State with her first two singles, "Messy" (a hard-edged country song with pop and rock accents) and "Miss You Sometimes" (a more polished weeper about a woman who can't forget the man she loved). Courtney Shields was born Courtney Ateyeh in Austin on October 6, 1987. She was a graduate of Westlake High School and went on to attend the University of Dayton, where she studied music and voice. After a year-and-a-half in Ohio, Shields relocated to Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music, and in 2011, after graduating, she returned to Texas, dividing her time between Dallas and Austin, where she was a regular attraction at various music venues and a guitar, piano, and voice teacher to both children and adults. In November 2012, Shields landed a memorable last-minute gig when Pearl Jam vocalist Eddie Vedder, who was in Dallas for a solo show, needed a female vocalist to duet on the standard "Tonight You Belong to Me," and Shields got the nod, with local reviewers praising her performance. Also in 2013, a song she co-wrote, "What's Left to Say," earned a television placement when it was used on the venerable soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Shields always had an interest in fashion and fitness, and in 2014 she started a blog called B.Y.O. Beauty, offering advice on clothing, makeup, and lifestyles, describing her persona as "that bestie or big sis that always tells it like it is." The blog became popular enough to be a full-time job for Shields, though she continued to find time to write music. In time, the blog evolved into her Courtney Shields website, and in 2019, she started putting new emphasis on her musical career. In July of that year, she released a single that she wrote as well as sang, "Messy," a defiant anthem of a woman living her own life, and the following October, she unveiled a second tune, a tale of heartache titled "Miss You Sometimes." ~ Mark Deming

Austin, TX, United States
October 6, 1987

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