March 5, 2014

USC Thornton student pens original song for 2014 Festival of Books

Catherine Smith

Singer-songwriter and USC Thornton student, Catherine Smith

USC Thornton School of Music student Catherine Smith’s original song, “Learn from You” is the winner of a competition conducted by Thornton’s Popular Music program to create an original work celebrating the spirit of creativity inspired by The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.

Catherine Rose Smith is a songwriter and performer with a dedication to excellence in each of the diverse expressions of her craft. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Ms. Smith now resides in LA where she is a senior in USC’s popular music program. Beginning piano at an early age, she began to explore composition on keys, an exploration which blossomed into a passion when she learned to play guitar at age 16. In addition to composing original music for and fronting Los Angeles based psychedelic folk band Ghost in the Canyon, Ms. Smith writes daily to continue adding to her diverse catalog ranging from radio-friendly pop to experimental space music.

“Learn from You” will have its live premiere at the 2014 Festival of Books, and a music video preview of the song will be available online in the weeks leading up to the festival weekend.