Courtnie Ramirez wears a smile that lights up her whole face. Her spunky personality is as big as her home state of Texas. The enthusiastic singer comes by it honestly. With three brothers and a large extended family, her effervescent disposition reflects the vibrancy of her Mexican and Guatemalan heritage. Her voice is already familiar, because America met her on Season 11 of NBC’S “The Voice,” where she was mentored by coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys. Courtnie was eliminated in the knockout rounds of the show but that did not stop her dream of being a singer. She is now the latest artist to sign onto Gotee Records, and ready to take her original music to a larger audience—a dream she’s harbored since she was a teenager.
Courtnie Grew up in Bryan-College Station, Texas and first learned to sing in church. “I had a natural love for it. I was just eating it up, loving it, just singing my little heart out,” Ramirez says, noting, “My voice was super raspy, so it took years to grow into my voice.”
It was on a mission trip, however, that crystalized her calling as a singer. Up until that time, she was living a self-described “double life.” She knew all the right things to say, but her life didn’t always back up her beliefs. When she was 13, she participated in a church-sponsored mission effort that found her sharing her faith with a young girl in an apartment complex. “I was ministering to this girl, but by the end of it, I really had to ask myself, ‘Do you even believe these things? Are you living this out?’” she recalls. “That night, I was really hard on myself.” She sought out her youth leader and fully committed her life to the Lord. “After that is when everything started,” she says. “I became a Jesus freak.” This was also the moment Courtnie decided she wanted to pursue music.
Two years later, she convinced her mom to help her jumpstart an acting career in Los Angeles. At a time when Disney Channel stars like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez were using acting as a springboard for music, Ramirez hoped to follow in their footsteps. She booked a handful of commercials, music videos and documentaries, although it wasn’t the roles themselves that began to define her career. Instead, the three years she spent in California afforded her the opportunity to discover her voice as a songwriter for the first time, marrying lyrics and melodies on a $30 guitar with plastic strings and learning to shape her feelings into song. The identity she uncovered was not the raspy voice of a little girl just learning to sing, but that of an empowered young woman with real emotions and a passionate perspective.
Courtnie captured what she feels is a fitting introduction on her debut single, “Perfectly Loved,” an exuberant pop track she co-wrote with label-mate and GRAMMY-nominated songwriter Ryan Stevenson and Jordan Sapp. In addition to the English version, “Perfectly Loved” was released in Spanish and Spanglish, honoring her lineage, this is a tradition Courtnie intends to continue as she unveils new music.
When she’s not in Nashville writing, Courtnie can be found at her new home in South Carolina with her husband, Edgar, whom she married in November 2018. Whether she is enjoying her favorite pastime trying new recipes in the kitchen or sharing the platform with her husband, who leads worship at Elevation Church, Riverwalk, her greatest desire is to steward her talents with confidence and grace.
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*biography information source courtnieramirez.com