SUNDAY 2nd February - 11.30 am - 12.30 pm - Art Beat
Christchurch based singer/songwriter Katie Thompson’s star is most definitely on the rise. This talented artist has released two albums, was selected to open for Sir Elton John at his only NZ show November 2011 and was a finalist for Female Artist of the Year at the 2012 New Zealand Country Music Awards.
Katie’s debut album, Tall Poppy was released in 2009 and the record caught the attention of the international funding website Sellaband, where fans can buy in to the career of their favourite artists, with the aim of helping them hit the US$50,000 needed to record and release an album.
Katie was one of the fastest-ever artists to achieve the funding and the resulting album Impossible blends elements of folk, pop and country into a collection of bittersweet and beautiful songs. It was released to critical acclaim from even the most hardened music press, who have described her sound as "entrancing."
Impossible was recorded at Modern World Studios in the UK with award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Junica (feat. Ladyhawke), Melanie C) engineer Clint Murphy and a team of British and Kiwi musicians on board. ‘Impossible’ gained exposure with 3 singles ‘Good As Gold, Impossible & Cruel to be Kind’ making it onto NZ On Airs Kiwi Hit Discs & 2 of the singles received nationwide airplay on Classic Hits as part of their ‘As Kiwi As’ initiative.
Most recently Katie has released her live EP ‘Moving On’ recorded at Quicksand Studios. This live album is far removed from the polished tracks that can be heard on previous albums but you'll find this is a truer representation of what she brings to her live shows. It’s been described as fantastically raw but also wonderfully soft.
Website : http://www.katiethompson.co.nz/