You certainly know you're famous when you have a wikipedia page. Kata started her music journey at just age 2 after begging her father to enter her in a Beauty Pageant so she could sing in the talent category.
It all paid off for her at the end, not only winning the beauty pageant, she also won $50 off her dad after he said he'd pay her the amount to prove that she can't sing. Everything after that, well..
Enjoy the interview.
Hi kata, Welcome to YHP, how are you doing?
I'm doing fabulous!!!
How did you get your start in music? what is your story?
When I was 2, I begged my father to enter me in a Beauty Pageant so I could sing in the talent category. He finally said he'd pay the $50 to prove to me I couldn't sing. I ended up winning that beauty pageant, and going on and winning the finals. Then I started getting offers to sing everywhere, and so it began. :)
Do you have other family members who are/were interested in music?
None at all. I'm the black sheep. Or the red headed one?
What is your process like as a writer?
Well. I change. I get bored doing things the same way. So sometimes the melody comes first, sometimes the lyrics do. Sometimes it's an idea. Sometimes it all comes rushing in at once. Just depends on the mood I'm in, and what I'm going through.
Do you think it’s easier working in a collaborative form or do you think it’s easier working individually?
It's definitely "easier" working individually. BUT, I SO enjoy collaborating. You always come up with something you never would on your own, plus it's fun to do what you love with people who enjoy the same thing.
What do you do in your time off?
I can't say I ever really truly have any "time off". Because when I have a day off from preforming, I am working on my Youtube video's, etc. But I enjoy music so much, it's all I really want to do. So it's perfectly fine with me. I will say I enjoy snuggling with my puppies while writing back Youtube comments ;)
When you first started, did you see this being your career?
Most definitely. I've never seen myself doing anything else. Even though occasionally I've had to "step out" in the real world, and wait tables, etc. But, never saw anything else as my career than music.
And what would you say is the most valuable lesson you learned from that time?
The most valuable lesson I've learned from ALL of my time in the music business is that you should ALWAYS be yourself. Never be afraid that someone won't like you because of who you are. Cause people appreciate genuineness in this business, and it's too hard keeping up a front.
So, do you write all the time? Are you writing songs for your next record right now?
I write something, in some form, every day. Whether it's a part of a song, a poem, or some days I write 2 or 3 songs. I'm always writing. But definitely trying to narrow down some music for the new record.
What other artists are you a fan of? Mainstream and independent?
Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Lisa Lavie, Kina Grannis, Brandi Carlile, and many more. One of my favorite things is discovering new music, ESPECIALLY indies.
What, for you, makes a good show?
Feeling a true connection with the crowd. :)
What three character traits would your friends use to describe you?
Crazy, Silly, Fun.
What are some of the perks of being a country artist?
Well I wouldn't call myself strictly a country artist, I'm kinda on the edge of the genre. But one of the best things is you are truly open to write about anything. It's music that really connects with people, and their stories.
What are some of your inspirations?
Life, happiness, sadness, family and friends.
Is there a musical instrument that you wish you could play?
I play a little fiddle, but I wish I was a LOT better at it. That's for sure.
Was there ever someone you've met that really made a difference in your life, be they personal or professional?
It always inspires me when I meet people that I am into their music, or art and they are down to earth, and truly thankful for my "love" of their craft. Some of those people are Merle Haggard, LeAnn Rimes, Lacey Schwimmer, Jim Ed Brown, and Taylor Swift.
Professionally, what goals have you set for youself this year?
To make people smile, and go where God leads me.
Looking back, what would you say to someone who was just starting this path?
Be yourself, don't let the haters get you down, and always strive to me better. Practice.
What is your favorite childhood memory?
I have SO many. But some of my favorites are laying in the middle of the living room floor with my dad when I was a toddler pretending we were in the "Little Mermaid:. :) Dad was always SO amazing at pretending.
Words to your supporters?
Thank you for EVERYTHING you do. Your comments, your messages, the countless emails and letters. I am my music, and my music is NOTHING without you. I love you all! More than you could ever imagine.
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