Courtney Santana has been in the music industry for over 22 years. She has been a featured vocalist and background vocalist on over 15 albums and she has performed with and alongside Brannen Temple, Guy Forsyth, Patrice Pike, Strings Attached, Malford Milligan, Matt Wilson, Nakia, Chanel Haynes, and more.
She has also opened for national acts like Kirk Whalum, Kyle Turner, Salt N Pepa, and Musiq Soulchild.
She released her single Survive in 2017 and will release a full length album in Fall of 2020. She has been nominated by the Austin Chronicle for best cover band for 3 times.
As a member of Austin’s theater community, she has performed in some of Austin’s most loved musical performances including Dreamgirls, Fame, Porgy & Bess, and RENT. She also made it to the final producer rounds of NBC’s The Voice twice.
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Slow Cooked ft. Courtney Santana Tiny Desk Contest Entry
Courtney Santana and Kyle Turner- “He Loves Me” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV1Ei58K1S8)***3
Courtney Santana - Little Lies (Fleetwood Mac) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csheWOJrB7g)4
Courtney Santana Sings Amazing Grace (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4WJDhCioQU)5
Courtney Santana- At Last (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RLpfBxr2tM)6
Courtney Santana- Killing Me Softly (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxAq8O1wWmM)***7
Courtney Santana at the Urban Music Fest 2018 Austin Texas (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiGcyd5GdKc)***8
Courtney Sanctana and Sway- “Don’t Let Go” En Vogue Cover (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReccDXSm6Dk)
Courtney Santana is the CEO of The Survive2Thrive Foundation, the Principal of S2T Capital Ventures, LLC, and the Managing Partner of the SANCTUARY Platform LLC.
Her 501(c)3 organization, Survive2Thrive Foundation, has served nearly 5,100 Texans, providing her clients a path to safety, self sufficiency and success. www.survive2thrivefoundation.org
For the last 14 years, Courtney has served as a policy driver and legislation supporter for many NPO and community agencies across the State of Texas for various pieces of legislation related to domestic violence, sex trafficking, and child protection. During the last two years, Courtney has been a member of the Travis County Family Supervisor’s Group, which monitors law enforcement practices and drives policy and victim advocacy programs.
Courtney has now been appointed to the Human Rights Commission for the City of Austin.
Since 2007, Courtney has worked with Vice President Biden as a policy reviewer for VAWA and in 2018, she joined the law enforcement task force for The Biden Foundation, as a trusted policy advisor.
Courtney served on several boards including the fundraising board of SafePlace Shelter, The Cisco Power of Partnerships Coalition, Leadership Austin, HerLegacy Network, and The GFIL Foundation.
Courtney is also gifted nationally known speaker and now author. Her first book, OFF KILTER: Getting “Right” After Abuse was released in August 2018 and she is launching a national podcast, Leveraging Life in Spring 2019.
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In 2020, Courtney's newest venture, SANCTUARY Platform LLC, will launch a web platform and mobile application that will provide resources and access to safe housing options to displaced and homeless victims of domestic abuse called SANCTUARY.
In Texas, in 2018, approximately 42% of domestic violence victims were displaced or made homeless because they were turned away from emergency shelters.
Those who could obtain shelter, typically bounced from one shelter to another. Victims who returned to their violent homes were 53% likely to lose their lives at the hands of their abuser.
In Austin, Texas alone, this homelessness crisis is growing, and domestic violence has been cited as the primary contributing factor for displacement and homelessness for women ages 25-48.
A revolutionary cloud based solution serving the displaced and homeless.
The SANCTUARY Web Platform and Mobile Application, serves the displaced and homeless, as well as, the first responders who serve them by improving placement success rates and by providing life saving resources.
The need for a tool linking all of the existing resources together and the ability to track progress for the displaced and homeless, will allow existing agencies to better assist those in need.
The goal of SANCTUARY is to integrate each vital resource available and provide tangible result for victims and first responders alike.
Stay tuned...more to come!
In May of 2012, she was honored to be the cover of Austin Woman’s Magazine for her work as a vocalist and an advocate of domestic violence.
In March 2017, she received a proclamation from Mayor Steve Adler, proclaiming March 3 is Courtney Santana Day in Austin Texas.
Philanthropically, Courtney has won many community service awards including the SXSW Dewey Winburne Award in 2016, the 2018 RecognizeGood Code Of Ethics Award, Austin INNO 50 on Fire Award, and was nominated for the Texas Women In Business Award for a Non Profit and The Austin Woman Magazine's Philanthropist of the Year in 2017.
Here's a better list of Courtney Kudos in a Nutshell:
- CEO, The Survive2Thrive Foundation
- Principal, S2T Capital Ventures LLC
- Author, OFF KILTER
- Appointed City Official, Human Rights Commission, City of Austin
- Non Profit Winner, 2018 Austin INNO Awards
- Task Force, Vice President Biden VAWA
- Consultant, Federal Communications Commission- Lobbyist, Texas Council on Family Violence
- 2018 Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Award Nominee
- 2017 SXSW Dewey Community Service Award Winner
- Featured Speaker, PBS Blackademics
- Winner, The 2018 Ethics in Business Community Non-Profit Award from RecognizeGood
- May 2012 Cover Woman, Austin Woman Magazine
- June 2009, Featured Article, Essence Magazine
- Finalist, Austin Women’s Magazine 2017 Woman’s Way Awards
- December 2017, Featured in Austin Way Magazine for Philanthropy
- March 3rd is Courtney Santana Day in Austin, Texas