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Katie discovered her passion and ability to sing at the age of 8 while visiting a Park Dean Holiday Park. Katie decided she was going to enter the local talent competition with the song 'Mercy' by Duffy. This came as a surprise to Katie's parents as she had never even expressed an interest in singing before. That evening Katie won the competition, and her parents decided to get her singing lessons.
2010-2012 Wales to Russia
At the age of 11 Katie auditioned to be part of the Original 'Only Kids Aloud Welsh Choir'. Katie was accepted into the 80-piece children's choir with members from all across Wales. The Choir were taught Marler's Symphony Number 8, originally put together for a one-off performance in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. The Choir were then invited to Russia to perform at St Petersburg’s world-famous Mariinsky Theatre, conducted by renowned Russian maestro Valery Gergiev and accompanied by the Mariinsky Opera Company. In 2012, the choir were filmed by helicopter reqresenting Wales in the 4 nations choir at the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.
During these years, Katie began her ABRSM Vocal and Theory lessons alongside Trinity drum lessons. She eventually qualified with Grade 7 Vocals, Grade 5 Theory, and Grade 6 Drumming.
She studied Music for her GCSEs and received a grade A. During her school years, Katie became an avid charity worker. Using her singing ability to raise in excess of £20,000 for various charities such as 'Walk on Wales' Wounded Veteran's Society, 'Chernobyl Children's Lifeline', 'Hope House Children's Charity, and local food banks. This charity work helped Katie build her reputation as a soloist and allowed Katie to gain a large amount of performance experience; she also received a Princess Diana award for being a champion fundraiser.
2018-2023 Becoming Professional
After Her GSCEs, Katie went study music for levels in Prestatyn sixth Form and her Degree at LMA University Liverpool.
Before the age of 18 Katie was performing a lot as an independent artist as she was unable to join any agencies due to her age. Katie took this time to define her repertoire as an artist and discovered through much experimentation she shows the most enthusiasm performing as a Soul and Motown singer. Her passion for this genre was a given for Katie as she had grown up being mentored by Kid Kreole And The Coconuts' 'Bongo Eddie', and was always exposed to great icons such as 'The Temptations', 'The Commitments', 'Tina Turner', 'Sam Cooke', and 'Etta James' from such a young age. As soon as she turned 18, Katie had become bookable through two agency companies: 'North West Entertainments' and 'Artistes International'. This is when Katie began being hired as a professional entertainer traveling around the North West as an 'up and coming new act'
This excitement was short-lived due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Obviously, during this time, performers were forced to resign from their work due to restrictions to stick by government guidelines, and work abruptly dried up. Katie had no choice but to get a "normal job" in a supermarket. This experience was very beneficial to Katie as it enabled her to obtain customer service skills, problem-solving skills, and how to deal with stress under difficult conditions which were imperative in order to develop Katie's personal character and resilience as a solo artist. This experience also gave Katie more ambition to make performing as a solo artist a full-time job and enjoy her work. After a year of enduring a job that was certainly not compatible with Katie's ambitions, restrictions were slowly lifted. Katie enquired about changing her Saturday and Sunday shifts in order to work in the supermarket and also perform at the weekend, to which she was instructed: 'If you don't attend those shifts you will be fired'. It is safe to say Katie lost her retail job that weekend.
Katie then went on to continue working for her agencies, and after performing every weekend for months, she saved enough money to buy a van and begin to travel further across the country. This gave Katie the opportunity to become an on-call fill-in artist for Haven Holiday Parks. When an act was sick or unable to make a performance, Katie would jump to an opportunity and perform at that park. This experience definitely benefitted Katie and her career as many members of the entertainment teams at Haven Holiday Parks left very positive feedback with her agencies, ultimately leading to Katie securing a full Summer season contract as a main-stage Haven artist.
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