It Girl of The Week: Katy Rose

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This is singer/songwriter Katy Rose, photographed by Anoushka Beckwith

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This is Katy Rose with me at the Muse Workshop I did this weekend with Amanda Yates Garcia.

She is warmly radiant, beautiful and so incredibly talented.  Katy writes stunning poetic lyrics and can craft the perfect pop song as well as more edgy pieces in the style of her muses (and two of my personal faves) Patti Smith and PJ Harvey. How do we as creative women support ourselves financially and stay true to our souls?  Watch Katy's burgeoning career to find out!

Listen to new songs here.

Here's her official bio:

Katy Rose is a Los Angeles native born to two musician parents. Growing up in a house full of artistry, Katy experience life in a recording studio from her very own backyard. As a child, she would regularly spend time in said studio and hang out with the numerous artists such as Alanis Morrisette, Weird Al Yankovic, the Goo Goo Dolls, Tori Amos and many more.

Being around these awe-inspiring musicians whilst growing up gave Katy something of an ear for the craft. At 13, she began writing songs of her own that garnered the attention of a number of record labels. A bidding war then ensued by multiple labels who were very eager to aid in bringing the young singer’s music to life. After a great amount of deliberation, Katy found solace in the nurturing environment of Richard Bramson’s new label, V2 Records, which also included the band White Stripes and Moby at the time.

The singer recorded an album with the label entitled Because I Can, which was released on her 17th birthday. The single “Overdrive” from the album was used as a featured track on the Mean Girls movie soundtrack, a film that went on to become a pop culture classic and starred Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. A selection of other songs from Because I Can were featured in major mainstream projects such as Agent Cody Banks, Dawson’s Creek, Grey’s Anatomy and several national commercials.

After the successful release of Katy’s album, the star began a two-year world tour with The Cardigans, Liz Phair and The Calling with Alex Band. “Overdrive” reached a spot on the Top Ten Airplay in France, Switzerland and South Africa. The single went to #1 on the Airplay in Japan and the song’s music video made the top 20 video countdown on MTV. Notable highlights that occurred throughout the run of the tour included Katy performing alongside Pharrell Williams’ band N.E.R.D. and drinking daiquiris with Avril Lavigne and performing with her in France.

Upon returning from her tour, Katy was constantly traveling back and forth between New York and Los Angeles, creating a new album. This latest effort was intended to be a synth grunge sound and the producers working on this piece included Beck’s musical director, Greg Kurstin. Unfortunately V2 Records had run into financial difficulties this year and postponed further production on the album until further notice. A year passed, during which, her mentor at the label was forced to leave. Katy remained strong as she continued to demo her own material, but was restricted to record for anyone else, being that she had a contract with V2. The company continued to implode, but Katy did not.

The singer began a musical theater camp for children that she ran whilst planning her next course of action in the recording industry. Katy began writing her music through a perspective that she had never approached before. This fresh, new direction caught the attention of Electronic Arts, who immediately put one of her new songs, “Be a Part of It”, into the widely popular Sims 3 video game. Inspired by her successful rejuvenation and desire to explore new artistic avenues, Katy moved to Scandinavia to begin writing a brand new record. The singer also wrote a song and filmed a video with Croatia’s The 2 Cellos, Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic. This video and Katy’s new EP is set to release in early 2016.

Katy can currently be found songwriting in Nashville and playing shows with her band in the greater Los Angeles area.


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