Georgia-Country.com Artist of the Month
On a monthly basis, Georgia-Country.com spotlights a Georgia artist that we feel is furthering their career in country music. Below is our current artist of the month. We hope you enjoy reading their interview and getting to know this artist more. Be sure to check out their music, videos and schedule for the month. If you are a Georgia-based artist, 18 and over, and would like to be considered for Artist of the Month, please contact us with your name and a website to review.
Our November Artist of the Month is Katie Belle. Below is our interview with her as she talks about her music and career.
GC: Katie, lets get Georgia more familiar with you. Where were you born, raised and tell us a little about your family today?
KB: I was born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.Ga. My father is from Carrollton and my mom is from Mobile Alabama. I have a brother, Sam, who attends UWG.
GC: Who where your early influences in music?
KB: My mother always has music playing in our house, my dad likes classic rock and Southern Rock Country. My ears were filled with such a variety of music I never realized or understood the term "Genre" until people started asking me that question when I first got started. Going from past to present I have a list of influences: Elvis Presley, Glenn Campbell, Roberta Flack, Donna Summer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dolly Parton, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, Keith Urban, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood...... I think you get the idea...
GC: What was the first time you sung in front of a crowd?
KB: 4th grade at a school production, I sanged God Bless America.
GC: You write allot of your own songs. What is the #1 thing that influences your writing?
KB: Emotions and experiences that are fresh on my mind. At this point in time I am a writer both lyrically and composition on all my songs.
GC: 2015 has really flown by. What has been the highlight of the year so far?
KB: Songwriting continues to be a highlight for me, it is so rewarding to take a concept or thought and create a song out of that! There is nothing to music without a really great song,,,, or as I have been told on numerous occasions "it's all about the song" my social media is also a highlight for me as my fan base continues to grow and new people are introduced to my music, that's exciting.
GC: Which current act's music are you listening to allot these days?
KB: Eric Church, Zac Brown, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Beyoncé, Lumineers, Ed Sheeran, Jana Kramer, Sam Hunt, Cam, Adele, I have over 300 songs on my playlist.. the list goes on and on.. I listen to music everyday.
GC: If you could do a DUET with one major act, who would that be and why?
KB: Hunter Hayes, I admire his songwriting and style, I think our styles and vocals would work really really well together.
GC: Georgia is like a factory for country stars these days? Why do you think that is?
KB: The water, the dirt, the legend of the South... it's all about our stories... Stories are an integral part of Country Music, because of how a typical Country song ,wheather Classic or Modern; is structured, the lyrics are the line to pull listeners in and give them something to relate to.
GC: You won the IMEA Awards for Country Female Artist of the Year last month. What was that experience like?
KB: When I joined IMEA I thought the concept of having an association of Independents Artist was powerful. It is great to be with my peers and share the ups and downs of being an entertainment artist, extending friendships beyond your local level and applauding the success of my fellow musicians. I was thrilled when notified of being nominated in two categories for this years awards. I felt like I had already won just by being nominated! The two categories were Country Female and Country Songwriter. I rounded up friends and family to attend the evenings events. Than the big day finally arrived! Had a blast with the red carpet pictures and meeting all the nominees who were able to attend. There were artist there from Sweden,Italy,England,Canada and across the United States. The selection process for the winners is: 20% fan vote , 40% judges panel, 40% peer panel. Finally the ceremonies began ... the country categories were presented in the later part of the show and I was enjoying clapping for the very talented winners. Finally Country Female category was up! When my name was called I was like "WHAT!!!!" I am telling you; this felt like a #Cinderella moment, it was magical!
GC: What would be your #1 goal right now?
KB: My management team and I are focusing on songwriting, song selection and production for my next EP, the timeline also includes some Holiday performances, I have some interviews lined up, putting together a band for touring spring/summer 2016. I was on Teen Nation Tour for over 16 weeks in 2013/2014 so we are going to be looking at several of those cities to tie into the tour.. I made so many fans while travelling with TNT and I can't wait to return!! You asked what my #1 goal is and I would have to say Songwriting, because as I have often been told " it's all about the song"