Cosmic yet down-to-earth alternative R&B duo THEESatisfaction consist of Stasia "Stas" Irons and Catherine "Cat" Harris-White.
The musicians met in Seattle -- their home base -- while attending the University of Washington. Beginning with 2008's That's Weird, their first of many whimsical self-released EPs and singles, the self-contained duo carried on the tradition of maverick jazz, soul, and rap artists from across several decades while affirming their place among the elder contemporary likes of Erykah Badu
, Georgia Anne Muldrow
, and Sa-Ra
. They weren't afraid to acknowledge their inspirations -- certain favorites were paid tribute through themed EPs -- yet they left a mark all their own, even before they followed fellow travelers Shabazz Palaces
and signed to Sub Pop
. The Seattle-based label issued THEESatisfaction's proper debut album, Awe Naturale, in 2012, as well as EarthEE in 2015. All the while, Irons and Harris-White developed Black Weirdo, a pro-black weblog that developed into parties, a clothing line, and a means to promote like-minded talent. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi