On her 26th birthday, Michigan musician Caitlin Cusack suffered a traumatic brain injury that changed her life. Exactly one year later on her 27th birthday, her mother passed away unexpectedly from cancer. This was just shy of the third anniversary of her father’s passing due to Multiple System Atrophy.
During a challenging recovery journey, Caitlin found solace and joy in returning to music and began songwriting to process and heal. She has since dedicated herself to sharing her songs to inspire, uplift, and encourage others to find their own light amidst the darkness. Drawing from her training in musical theatre, classical, and liturgical music, Caitlin crafts piano-driven pop songs that blend memorable melodies with poignant lyrics exploring themes of love, loss, grief, and growth. Her music weaves together stories of personal transformation and emotional resilience to create a bridge between her own journey and the struggles of her listeners.
Caitlin is an award-winning vocalist with a music degree from Grand Valley State University where she was classically trained in voice and piano. She has worked with Tony Award winning teachers and directors in New York City. She has been known to many in the Grand Rapids area as a performer, voice teacher, theatre director, and music director. In 2022, she was one of fifty songwriters selected from worldwide applicants to attend the first “SongCon” in New York City with Ari Herstand (Ari’s Take) and Danny Ross (Forbes, Antisocial Producers Club). She looks forward to continuing collaborations internationally with those songwriters and producers.
Caitlin is a regular participant in collaborative performances including projects with Crooked Tree Creative, Third Coast Records, Midtown, and The Stray. Her debut single “I’ll Be Okay” landed spots on playlists with tens of thousands of listeners and was covered by multiple local news outlets including the Ionia Sentinel-Standard, Greenville Daily News, and the WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin.
The May 2023 release of her debut EP Quiet My Mind represents a significant milestone on her healing journey and entry into a promising new era. Featuring songs inspired by her experiences of recovery from brain injury and loss, Cusack has transformed her grief into joy in a genre-bending pop record in styles ranging from shimmery cinematic pop to folky pop with an Americana flavor.
“Balancing light and darkness, joy and pain, Caitlin Cusack has created a powerful collection of pop music sparked by her struggles following a concussion – helping raise awareness of the seriousness of brain injuries,” says John Sinkevics of Local Spins.