Cathy Grier


Cathy Grier

For the latest about where I am now check out my Now Page on this site

I was a subway busker in NYC from 1999 until 2015. At the end of 2014 I created a video from clips I made throughout the year of buskers including myself performing in the public spaces of the MTA underground and stations.

Street and subway performers create a cultural melting pot in public spaces that is essential to the human experience.

here's my clip.  I hope you enjoy it:


Singer-songwriter, activist, Cathy Grier combines rhythmic guitar, gutsy vocals and an infectious energy.

Cathy’s diverse and eclectic career highlights include, opening for Laura Nyro and Joan Armatrading, touring Germany with a French girl band, an MTV basement tape award, writing a #1 French dance hit “Misery” for artist Indra, recording CD ‘Comin’ Back To Me’ at Magic Shop NYC, performing at Avery Fischer Hall, BAM and being featured on CBS Sunday Morning.

“Grier mixes folked-up blues with a political mind-set, and there’s more than a little funk in there too.” -Time Out, NY Smith Galtney

Cathy Grier also known as NYCSubwayGirl performed in the program "Music Under New York" from 1999-2015 and created her video series Inspiration Project found at She now calls Sturgeon Bay, WI home.

“Grier carefully etches stories meant to prod listeners to action-through her mix of gritty rock, sexy jazz, and dusty blues songs.” -NY Blade, Karen Iris Tucker

Cathy has performed in such diverse venues as Joe's Pub, rockin' with a full band at Celebrate Brooklyn!, a solo show at the Hudson Opera House, private parties in Tribeca lofts, to an acoustic performance in a hotel suite of the Carlyle Hotel for Broadway PR firm O+M's big after the Tony awards bash. As a songwriter she has written theme songs for Subway The Series, and HerStory including an anthem for Eve Ensler's One Billion Rising entitled "Rise Up."  

“You’ve really got to see Cathy, she has such great energy and you can see that she loves what she’s doing, it’s contagious.” -Larry Wolfert, DJ WRSU radio