Katey Laurel is an independent Folk/Pop singer-songwriter from Denver (Colorado – USA) that I have know via Twitter . And I must say that she has really a wonderful talent and her voice is so melodious and amazingly beautiful.
For all those who still don’t know Katey Laurel, I strongly suggest you to stop for a moment to immerse yourself in her music, certainly her folk/pop genre accompanied by a sweet and emotional voice will captivate you.
Listen to her songs should be a privilege that all we must try.
Below are two beautiful Katey songs that have very impressed me, The Wheel from the From Here album (2011) and Be Somebody .
Katey Laurel was born in the early 80s, she spent the first years of her life traveling from coast to coast in a Volkswagen bus because parents great lovers of nature, felt themselves free spirits preferring a freewheeling hippie life to that traditional.
After the Katey parents made a change in their lifestyle, the family decided to settle in a 70 square miles ranch adjacent to National Forest in a wild area in rural northwestern Colorado, and here the isolated environment has stimulated the imagination of the young Katey who spent much of her time to creative activities.
She began to draw and paint, especially the animals who always loved from an early age, the horses and at the same time the little Katey comes even close to the music starting to studying the piano.
As a teenager Katey decided to follow her passion choosing the music instead of art and has never looked back. In college, while she went specializing in her performances with the French horn, she has added also the guitar to her arsenal and began to develop her talent as a songwriter.
Instead of courting a record label, from the beginning to her music career Katey took the DIY approach, writing and recording her first album from a Mbox in her bedroom (“Nothing special,” she jokes), learning the different aspects of the music business.
Inspired by many musical styles, from the bluegrass and the Appalachian roots records of her family’s early “hippie years” to the classic rock of Stevie Nicks and The Who; from the 80s dance-pop cassettes, including Debbie Gibson and Paula Abdul to the alternative rock of the 90; and the classical roots of her musical training at the piano-rock of Ben Folds Five, including also a bit of Sarah McLachlan, Over The Rhine and the Dixie Chicks.
From those early beginnings, Katey has built a solid fan base with her blend of folk and pop, winning or obtaining placings in numerous music competitions, gaining radio airplay both in her hometown of Denver Stations and on Triple A stations around the country, even managing to place her songs in film and television, and sharing the stage with artists like Howie Day, Katie Herzig, Bill Mallonee, Matt Morris, Trevor Hall and others.
Katey has published her most poignant and accessible work with her 2014 album Periscope . Produced by industry veteran Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt), the record is themed around the dichotomy and tension between the fight and the hope in which life is lived.
This is very evident especially in the lead single Hurricane , which deals with finding the eye of the storm bwithin the struggles of relationships, presented with a solid hook guaranteed to stay in the listener’s mind long after the song is over.
Beyond crafting solid melodies and hooks as a songwriter, in recent years, Katey Laurel has earned its loyal following, writing songs that are honest, meaningful and relatable – “The music that speaks“, as she says.
And with Periscope , she’s ready to reach a much wider audience in the days ahead.
And I warmly hope to her, because she’s so talented, indeed I’m convinced that soon we will hear a lot about Katey Laurel and her music.
Artist website: www.kateylaurel.com .