This music thing took Kat Auburn by surprise.
Because she spent most of her life trying to hide her voice, she became suspicious when her karaoke friends (after picking their jaws up from the floor) insisted that she was a great vocalist. Her friends believed in her so much, that not long after she named her desire to learn piano, they gifted her with one.
Even her high school students would ask her to sing in class. She was honored by these requests, but simultaneously shrugged it off as a symptom of midwestern nice.
But it kept happening.
When attending a creative arts conference in Chicago, Kat had the opportunity to sing for a panel of judges. Having just written her very first song, it seemed too good an opportunity to pass up. After her performance, one judge asked, “Would you like to sing on my TV show?” She agreed and made the appearance about a month later.
One summer evening, Kat got lost searching for a certain swanky bar in downtown Milwaukee, and asked a random group of strangers for directions. As fate would have it, these strangers were in actuality the jazz band on break from the very bar she was in search of. On a whim, she asked if they needed a singer, and they readily took her up on the offer. They were so impressed with her singing, they asked if she would be open to doing a whole summer residency.
All of this was a bit bewildering to Kat, so she decided to give it a go and put word out there that she was looking for a producer. After a truly serendipitous connection, work began on her debut EP, entitled Soul Composed, which was recorded in a restored Victorian Mansion in the lake country of Wisconsin. A truly fitting setting for such deeply textured music. Several local players stepped up to help with the effort and were astonished at her songwriting and singing.
Kat’s voice. It is singularly unique. It makes listeners feel like they have discovered a pearl of great price. Soulful, authentic, warm, evocative but unpretentious. It is like a vintage wine to the ears.