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Curtis King Jr.
Background information
Born USA
Occupation Singer, songwriter, arranger, producer
Years active 1980s-present
Associated acts Duran Duran
David Bowie
Grace Jones

Curtis King Jr. is an American singer-songwriter, arranger and producer, who has recorded and performed with artists including Duran Duran.


Curtis has developed a unique and personal style of vocalization, with a versatility that includes performing pop, R&B and jazz. He has recorded with artists such as Luther Vandross, Natalie Cole, Billy Joel, Madonna, Duran Duran and recently with Trey Anastasio. Curtis has provided supporting vocals for a number of concert tours by artists such as Carly Simon, James Taylor, Steely Dan and Luciano Pavarotti, also working with notable producers including as Phil Ramone, Kevin Shirley, Barry Eastman, Nile Rodgers, Jim Steinman, Russ Titleman and Arif Mardin.

Curtis performed additional vocals on the Power Station album released in 1985.

In 1986 Curtis contributed to Duran Duran's Notorious album, with other performances during the The Strange Behaviour Tour (1987/88), The Dilate Your Mind Tour (1993) and An Acoustic Evening With Tour (1993). He also performed backing vocals on "I Wanna Take You Higher", released on Duran Duran's 1995 Thank You album.

In the Autumn of 2001 Curtis performed in the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concert, United We Stand with Sheryl Crow and the Concert for NY with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. In May 2001, Curtis in Modena, Italy working with Luciano Pavarotti on the Pavoratti & Friends benefit concert, when he performed with Pavoratti, Barry White, Tom Jones, Anastasia, George Benson and others. This was the 4th year Curtis has done that concert.

Curtis is also a New York commercial jingle singer, with many television credits such as Saturday Night Live, The Billy Joel Millennium Concert, The David Letterman Show, and The Conan O'Brien Show. His film credits include First Wives Club, Anastasia, Pokémon: The First Movie, and Autumn in New York.

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