Interview with Katie Grace

Interview with Katie Grace

by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?
Katie Grace:  I am an alt-country, singer/songwriter that tells stories.  Songs are more powerful when they come from a true place. My style is authentic and genuine. Some songs are fun, party songs, such as “Wine on the Workdays, Whiskey on the Weekends”. My album also contains the delicate and heart wrenching, “Last Goodbye”.  
Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Katie Grace:  For the last year, I have been recording my debut album, “Best Bad Girl” at Ghetto Recorders, Detroit with Producer Jim Diamond.  It has been a year of gratifying hard work that has allowed my album to come to fruition.
Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how’s it doing?
Katie Grace:  The long awaited album, “Best Bad Girl”, is being release February 18th 2012.
Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?
Katie Grace:  “Best Bad Girl” is the title track.  “Best Bad Girl” is an autobiographical song about being an authentic person.  It celebrates my personal sassy, edgy style.  
Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what’s the story behind it?
Katie Grace:  “Hey, Bartender” is a rocking song with tongue in cheek type lyrics. I was playing a show at a popular bar in downtown Detroit during the night of the 4th of July fireworks.  With thousands of people in the streets to watch the fireworks, the only person in the bar was the bartender.  So, I continued to play to an empty room.  I then came up with the idea to write a song to the bartender, saying,
Hey, Bartender, can you hear me?
You’re the only one who came to see me
Hey, Bartender, can you hear me?
You make this place not seem so empty”
Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?
Katie Grace:  Conversations inspire me musically.  Talking to people and hearing their stories. Finding what people have in common.  I find that people from all different walks of life often share the same experiences and are able to relate to one another.  Also getting out and living life! You never regret what you do. You only regret what you don’t do.  Life my life to the fullest and become inspired.  It’s all about making stories! Songwriting is my platform in which I can tell my stories.
Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?
Katie Grace:  Performing. There is nothing like performing. 2 people or 200 people, it is always a trill to be playing for an audience!  Its interesting to talk to the audience members after the show. Different songs speak to different people.  If I can make one person’s day with a song, that’s what make it worth it to me.
Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?
Katie Grace:  I am my biggest critic. I want to be the best that I can be. At the end of the day, I am the only person I have to answer to. I know in my heart of hearts if I gave something my all.  So, I continue to work on and develop my craft each day.
Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?
Katie Grace:  You can find all my info at www.bestbadgirl.net 
Lamitschka:  You have a new love in your life? Can you tell us something about it?
Katie Grace:  I am in love with my guitar. Its a Gibson J100 Delux. I found it online.  The man who I bought it from just had his house foreclosed on and was down on his luck.  He had to sell some of his possessions just to get by. He loved that guitar, so he was glad to hear how much I enjoy it. It has powerful, deep, full tones. I have to force myself to put it down sometimes just to get out the door in the morning!

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