Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018
Looking through the archives recently I came upon this photograph of Cathy Jean, who’s musical achievements spans a wide range: rock, blues-rock, jazz, funk and gospel. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing her twice, once at my studio in Philly, the second time at the Elkins Estate not far from my home in Montgomery County, Pa. This topless photo was produced during our second shoot in one of the marble bathrooms of the historic 42-acre estate. In February, 2009 the Dominican Sisters sold the property to the Land Conservancy of Elkins Park.
Cathy is from Baltimore, Maryland. It has been noted she was born into an abusive but musical family. She recorded her first musical album at the age of 9. Inspired early on by various women in rock, Ms. Jean was then introduced to the blues. It was this introduction as a teen that led to her love and respect of the genre.
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