Katie Belle is an American singer-songwriter who works with Track Star Entertainment and Worldwide Music Consultants. His team is thrilled to announce the first release of 2022, “Now That I Know”. The tune is sassy and confident, the lyrics keep the tempo and the fingers snap. “Now That I Know” picks up the pace and follows well behind Katie Belle’s single, “Daughter,” which was a touching song about grief, comfort and salvation. In 2022, Katie Belle will focus on finishing up the tracks written over the past year. Katie Belle, a passionate songwriter along with her producer Josquin Des Pres (Jason Mraz, Bernie Taupin, Gipsy Kings, et al.) and the songwriting team at Utonium (Jason Mraz) put together tracks to engage the base of growing fans of Katie Belle with fresh sounds and spunk.
2021 saw the release of 3 singles. Belle ended 2021 with the release of “Daughter.” “Daughter” has garnered a lot of attention with music blogs, interview posts, and received multiple 5-star song reviews. The official clip, which accompanied the song, was a beautiful touching tribute to the tender lyrics. Katie Belle kicked off 21 with a July release of “Back to California,” which features rapper Corleone. The tune paid homage to the “California state of mind” for which the Golden State is known. Katie Belle followed with an early September release, the long-awaited “Latin/Dance Mix of Back to California” – a danceable take on west coast vibes filled with energy and those silvery vocals Katie Belle can lay down on a track. . Overall, 2021 has been a treat for Katie Belle, as digital streams for her releases topped one million.
Hi Katie Belle! Let’s start with how did you get your artist name?
It’s simple ! Katie Belle is my legal name.
What city are you from and where do you currently live?
I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I’m currently based in Atlanta, but I travel to work with some of my favorite producers in Nashville and California.
When in your life did you decide to pursue a career in music? How did you start?
I always like to answer this question. My mother tells me that I started singing when I was 6 months old – the baby monitor woke my parents up in the middle of the night, and I was stammering! I just think the music chose me! I caught the “music bug” in middle school when I won a major talent contest.
Did your upbringing play a role in shaping who you are and defining your sound today? If so, how?
Growing up, our house was always filled with music. My mom loves Jazz and Pop Rock, my dad listens to Classic Rock and Southern Rock, and I listen to EVERYTHING! My parents’ love of music definitely opened up the possibilities of mixing genres and instruments, which keeps the creative possibilities endless.
How would you describe your sound to readers who may not know you?
I’m a mix of Pop and R&B, and a bit of Country. When I write songs, many times I have a vision; however, once this process is started, sometimes “the song” takes over. In the end, my listeners will still hear the emphasis on vocals, lyrics and some instrumental surprises.
Do you have any hobbies outside of music? What do you do to stay creative?
I love fishing, travel, cooking, fashion, and did I mention travel? Travel really inspires me and cooking is great for experimenting, which is a very creative outlet for me.
What are your main musical influences?
I could write five pages of music influencers, but [let me] keep this short. Growing up with Taylor Swift absolutely influenced me, but here are some others: Etta James, Patsy Cline, Frank Sinatra, Elton John, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Beyonce, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Neil Young, Chris Stapleton and Lady Gaga.
With whom would it be a dream to collaborate?
There are several artists who would be a dream musical collaboration: Stevie Nicks and Taylor Swift, as well as Post Malone!
What are some of your future music career goals?
I focus on my songwriting and booking performances. I have a new booking agent and publicist, so I can’t wait to see what we come up with!
Now for your output, “Now that I know”. What inspired this song?
I was pitched this song by the producer, Josquin Des Pres. When I first heard it, I immediately fell in love with the lyrics! It’s a fun, lyrical take on breaking up combined with the instrumentation – it’s got a lot of wave energy.
What is “Now that I know” in your own words?
I call it my “happy breakup song”.
What is your favorite song in “Now That I Know” and why?
I love the first verse: “the king of selling lies and stealing crowns…deserves an Oscar for this show…” Why do I like that? I literally experienced this!!!
What message do you hope fans take away from your music and “Now That I Know?”
I have a very positive attitude, and this song is about a breakup; however, the overall production evokes a “happy, happy it’s over” feeling.
What is one of the proudest moments of your musical career so far?
I got my Golden Ticket on season 17 of American Idol! I knocked Luke Bryan out of his chair; he scared me !! But, yes, I have to go to Hollywood Week. The whole experience really spurred me on to keep improving and releasing music.
What do you think are the biggest lessons you’ve learned so far?
Learning and growing as an artist has many facets, but I would say small accomplishments, consistency, and perseverance lead to bigger and bigger opportunities.
What’s next for you? Are you working on any upcoming projects that we should watch?
I have an original song coming out at the end of June called “Don’t”. This song plays really well with my current release, “Now That I Know”. Plus………..there are 2 more songs waiting in the wings for late summer/fall releases. I also started working with a band for MusicNFT’s I just did my first auction! I’m excited to be involved in future NFT offerings.
Where can we follow you on social media?
My website is www.officialkatiebelle.com
LINK TO EVERYTHING: https://linktr.ee/officialkatiebelle
Before leaving, we are going to ask you something at random. What is your favorite food?
FUN FACT: You’ll catch me rummaging through the fridge, at night, for ice cream, Goldfish snacks and sushi. And, I love a good Margarita!
Thanks for the great interview; I wish you a lot of success !