My mother was a piano teacher and my Dad knew one song on the piano: Tiny Dancer. From my earliest memories I was teaching myself from my mom’s piano books. I began formal lessons at the age of 10, started accompanying my school choir by 12, started teaching my own lessons at age 14, and was entering piano competitions by 16. Also at age 16, I played Carnegie Hall with the Empire State Youth Orchestra as an orchestral pianist. I had a rigorous practice schedule and was preparing to audition for the top conservatories in the U.S. For many years I wanted to be a concert pianist. I always had a desire to perform, but as my music skills developed, I found myself falling into songwriting. Occasionally I would indulge myself in listening to the top 40 radio station instead of the classical station. The straw broke the camel’s back when my school music teacher said to me “Katie you need to stop listening to music just by dead white guys.”
At 18, I took a leap of faith, ditched college, and moved out of my parents house to pursue singing, songwriting, and performing. By 19 I was a full-time musician and never looked back. Originally based in New York, I have now performed in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Washington D.C., and California and hope to continue to travel as opportunities arise. I have had the privilege of sharing the stage with some amazing musicians including Macy Gray, Moriah Formica, Madison Vandenburg, and the Dollyrots. After years of working in Albany NY, I decided to move to Los Angeles. In February of 2022, my original song “Good Girl Syndrome” went viral on Tik Tok and Instagram. I love to write and record during the week and bring my silliness and love for music to dueling shows on the weekend. Dueling Pianos is a perfect home for me. It embraces everything I love about music; wild piano skills, singing, and reminiscing in the best songs written of all time.
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