Since: Feb 2011
Katie Thompson, is a Country/Pop singer/song writer from a wee town called Hokitika in the South Island of New Zealand.
Katie's latest album titled 'Impossible' was made possible through Sellaband, and Katie is one of the fastest artists to raise $50,000 USD, and was supported by 295 believers who funded the album.
Katie's first album is titled 'Tall Poppy', and features 12 songs on it. Personally after puchasing that album, I was so impressed, I was extremely enthusiastic about the release of Katie's next album 'Impossible'.
'Impossible' was released in 2011 and features 11 songs:
Good As Gold
Roll In Tide
Keep Your Memory
Cruel To Be Kind
Wanted You To Call
The Penny Drops
Katie wrote all of the songs, excluding Roll In Tide, Fading Fast, and Wild Weather.
The first time I heard the album 'Impossible', I really enjoyed the song 'Good As Gold', as Katie had released the music video for it previous to the album coming out, so it was good to know one of the songs and be able to sing along to it. ' Good As Gold' is an upbeat 'get up and go' song that I find hard not to tap my feet to. It is a great 'pick me up' song to put you in a good mood, whether you are feeling a bit down, or the gloomy weather is taking its toll outside, its a guaranteed 'feel good' song. If you get the chance to watch the music video, they just looked like they had so much fun with making it, which matches the song's uplifting lyrics.
'Cruel To Be Kind' was the first song that I really liked the first time I listened to the whole album. I liked the lyrics, and Katie has such a soft, crisp, crystal clear and angelic voice. You can understand every word she is singing, and she is a 'natural' on the guitar.
Katie came up with the awesome idea for people all around the world to send in pictures of 'hearts' and put them all together in a very creative video, with a very personal touch from her fans. The 'official' music video of Impossible was a real treat too, with a very simple and natural theme to it.
If I would have to compare Katie to another singer/band, I would have to say that she sounds a bit like 'Killing Heidi' (an Australian Rock Band). Although I really think Katie has her very own sound, which I feel would be admired by both the older and younger generations.
I was not a Country fan at all before hearing Katie's music. The first song I ever heard was called 29 Candles, a tribute song to the 29 miners whose souls were lost in an explosion in 2009 at Pike River Mine. Katie wrote and sang this very emotional, and passionate song, which bought tears to my eyes. It takes a very special kind of person to be able to compose and touch people through music, which Katie seems to be able to do with elegance and flair.
In November 2011, Katie was chosen to perform as the opening act for Sir Elton John here in New Zealand. Katie is a natural on stage and had a radiant stage presence in front of a crowd of 35,000+ people.
So even if you are not a Country fan, please dont let that discourage you from having a listen to Katie Thompson, Im glad I did. She has converted me and I was more of a rock/punk only listener. Katie has a pure gold voice that Im glad she is sharing in her music with the rest of the world.