Courtney was born in Juneau, Alaska, and moved to Seattle when she was two years old. Music has surrounded her and filled her life since birth, and she has had a wide variety of musical training and experience. As a child, she was in the choir and band, and even after school she would make up dance routines to the most popular songs on the radio. This gave her a balance between classical training and “pop” music trends that you can still feel in the music she supports to this day.
This collage of musical listening and making continued through marching band, raves, hip hop concerts, folk life festivals, chamber ensemble (playing violin parts on a flutes), listening to every station on the radio, church choir and everything in between. Over time, Courtney worked on her ability to hear what the average listener liked and disliked, and as Hazel LaLanne (her eye color and a tribute to her grandmother), she makes impactful changes to the production efforts of the Confined Media House, stripping down the music and making it more accessible.