Katherine Wheatley

Katherine Wheatley

 Guelph, Ontario, CAN
BandFolkAcoustic

With a beautiful voice, stellar guitar & moving songs, Katherine Wheatley has been captivating audiences at festivals & concerts across Canada, the US & Europe. “As a listener, it's hard not to sit back, close your eyes & watch the movie play. And man, can this serene red head ever play guitar.

Biography

Katherine's new CD "Landed" has landed. Scott Merritt and Lynn Miles produced it. Lots of excitement around it. Now here's K's bio...

She turns pebbles of everyday life into dreamy mountains of song.
The Toronto Star

"I'm in love...with the music of Katherine Wheatley. A verse into her first song, I was hooked...I was totally unprepared for the absolute beauty of her voice and lyrics". FOLKSPOKE, Barrie, ON

Arresting vocals, great guitar playing and vibrant lyrics mark her work. Every song evokes her uncanny depth of observation. With offhand wit and an infectious passion for performing, Katherine Wheatley has been captivating audiences everywhere she performs.

According to the Ottawa Citizen "This is a performer to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Before she was a working musician, Katherine worked for the Canadian Geological Survey, gathering not just rock samples, but material for her songs. Then - music was her hobby. Now - as she travels between shows on North Americas highways where the rock cuts show the best of the earths history, geology has become her hobby. The landscape, as well as the characters she encounters on her travels, continue to inspire her songs.

Katherine's music has been used for television documentaries, series and films. She has been a featured vocalist on Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe, as well as a musical guest on TVO's Studio Two, CBC's Vicki Gabareau Show and CTV's Canada AM. In addition to touring across Canada, the U.S. and Europe as a singer/songwriter, Katherine is a member of the band "Betty and The Bobs" and plays guitar in Wendell Ferguson's "Smoking Section". She was one of 33 artists, including The Barenaked Ladies, Bruce Cockburn, and Sarah McLachlan, selected for FACTOR'S (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Records) 20th Anniversary compilation CD. Her first CD, Straight Line, spent 17 weeks on Sam's Top 10 Independent Chart with nine of those weeks at number 2. Her second CD, Habits and Heroes, featured a stellar cast of musicians (The Bands Richard Bell, Blue Rodeos Basil Donovan, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings Colin Linden) and received glowing accolades from critics and fans alike.

As a listener, it's hard not to sit back, close your eyes and watch the movie play. And man, can this serene red head ever play guitar. SEE Magazine, Edmonton

Katherines passion for songwriting began with a 13 dollar guitar ordered from the Sears Catalogue. She sang back-ups and played coffeehouses while doing geology but put the hammer down when she was 30. She studied jazz composition and arranging at Humber College, winning the Duke Ellington Award for arranging, the Gordon Delamont Award for Composition and the CMPA award for songwriting. She is in high demand for her innovative songwriting workshops that cover many aspects of songwriting: lyric writing, chord progression theory, melody writing and sustaining creativity. She also created YOUTHSONGS, a songwriting and recording program for schools. She presents the program at schools in Canada and the US and is valued for her genuine caring and special intuition for connecting with all age groups.

"Youthsongs was the best school-wide program I've seen in my career as an educator."
- Nelson Keane, Principal, Paisley Rd. P.S., Guelph, ON

For more about workshops, please visit http://www.katherinewheatley.com/news.htm

For full details about the YOUTHSONGS program, please go to http://www.sonicbids.com/katherinewheatleyYOUTHSONGS

For information about Katherine's double bill show with Wendell Ferguson, please see
http://www.sonicbids.com/WendellandWheat

Wheatley FACTS

KATHERINE WHEATLEY - QUICK FACTS

Born and raised (#4 of 6 kids) in Parry Sound, part of Ontarios cottage country. She now lives in Guelph, Ontario.

She got her first guitar at 14 from the Sears Catalogue.

Early influences: Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, James Taylor, Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach.

First performance: Rhinestone Cowboy with her high school stage band, in 1976.

In her twenties, she studied geology at Queens and environmental science at the University of Calgary, and worked several summers in northern Saskatchewan for the Canadian Geological Survey.

Wheatleys songwriting began in earnest, ironically without her guitar, while traveling for 3 months by herself in Africa.

For five years, she was the Ambassador for the capital campaign to raise 6 million dollars for the new hospital in her home town, Parry Sound.

She received her diploma in music from Humber College, winning awards for songwriting, composition and arranging.

Her first CD, Straight Line, earned considerable airplay - CBC and

Lyrics

Ninety-Nine Feet Of Snow

Written By: Katherine Wheatley

I woke up dreaming
In the wrong season
Jack Frost kissed my window
One hundred times

I go to bed praying
You will be staying
You will kiss me sweet and strong
Every day of my life

Go away slowly
Go away only if you have to
Before you go
Hold me, as long as you can

I can't see through my window
I'm covered in 99 feet of snow
I have got love on my mind
And sand between my toes

I go to bed praying
You will be staying
You will kiss me sweet and strong
Every day of my life

Go away slowly
Go away only if you have to
Before you go
Hold me, as long as you can

Go away slowly
Go away only if you have to
Before you go
Hold me, as long as you can

Great Big Guitar

Written By: Katherine Wheatley

Just a couple of dogs
And a truck on the street
And some girls from the beach
With sand stuck on their feet
And boys upon boys
Piled into one car
And a tiny little girl
Carrying a great big guitar

Jake, who ain’t been fixed yet
He come out the cat swing door
Gives her the hairy eye ball
Meows “what do you carry that thing for?”
And the girls keep getting closer
They’ve put flip-flops on their feet
She’s wondering will she make it
To the end of the street
Hmm mm, hmm mm, hmm, mm

The pavement’s all cracked
The trees are all old
There’s a house on the corner
That ain’t never been sold
And the shadows grow long
At the end of the day
And the tiny little girl
Just wants to learn how to play

There’s a face in every window
She hates it when they stare
She hates it when boys whistle
She hates the colour of her hair
The “flip flops” keep getting closer
She bets they never eat
And she’s wondering will she make it
To the end of the street
Hmm mm, hmm mm, hmm mm

Bound To You

Written By: Katherine Wheatley and James Gordon

Does the one you left me for
Still come a knocking at your door
Or has she left you for somebody new?
Times were tough for us you know
But time has let me let you go
Even still, I'm ever bound to you

Bound to you Bound to you
After all these years it's still true
Bond to you Bound to you
A part of me will always be bound to you

I used to read you like a book
Now I don’t know the way you look
Don’t know where you live or what you do
There's one thing I know for sure
There's one thing that time won't cure
That is I'm ever bound to you

Landed

Written By: Katherine Wheatley and James Gordon

Monday, the boys have basketball
Tuesday, they wait for you to call
Wednesday, I get them to the rink by five
Thursday, car pool, my turn to drive
Friday comes and Saturday goes
And Sunday heaven knows

Somehow I landed
I made it through
I landed without help from you
And when I landed, it felt so sweet
“Cause I landed…

Monday, too much on my plate
Tuesday, already running late
Wednesday, and I’m way behind
Thursday, I’m out of my mind
Friday comes and Saturday goes
And Sunday heaven knows

Half the house, half the car
Half the money has to go twice as far
Half the room for the four of us
I got half the time to do twice as much

Somehow I landed
I made it through
I landed without help from you
And when I landed, it felt so sweet
Cause I landed on my own two feet

Signal Faded

Written By: Katherine Wheatley and James Gordon

Bitter coffee, but one more cup
Gives me the courage to call you up
I got one more quarter, I got one more prayer
That you’ll still listen, this time you’ll care

‘Cause last time we made a good connection
The static started and our lines got crossed
When I thought we’d braved a new direction
The signal faded, the call was lost
The signal faded, the call was lost

Manitoba, Roadside Cafe
Another western, another day
The radio’s playing some 70’s song
That’s just as tired as this road is long

I keep on stoppin' in every town
Me and these pay phones keep breaking down
From here to Whitehorse, takes a long long time
But not long enough to drive you out of my mind

Discography

Katherine Wheatley - Landed (The HOOT Music Co.) 2009

Katherine Wheatley - Habits and Heroes (The HOOT Music Co., Festival Distribution) 1999

Katherine Wheatley - Straight Line (Entropy Records, Page Distribution) 1995

Betty and The Bobs - self titled CD 2007

Katherine Wheatley – self titled cassette 1992

Lenka Slaba, Susan Crowe and Katherine Wheatley - Zive v Telci a Brne 2001 (“Live from Telc and Brno 2001” released in the Czech Republic July 2003)

All For A Song – CBC Recordings (Compilation of featuring Katherine’s song “Gentle Rain”) 2003

Let It Snow (Compilation of featuring Katherine’s song “99 Feet of Snow”) 2003

Tears Of A Thousand Years (Compilation featuring “My Last Breath”) 2001

Stuck on a Cold Steel Pole - Duke Street/MCA (Compilation featuring “Rita”) 1995

Selected Performances
Summerfolk, Owen Sound, ON
Winnipeg Folk Festival, MB
Northern Lights, Sudbury, ON
The Nickelodeon, Calgary, AB
Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield, PQ
Acoustic Waves, Ottawa, ON
Hradac Kralov, Czech Republic
The Ark, Ann Arbor, Michegan
Spring Hill music Festival, NS
Folk Under the Clock, Peterborough, ON
Prazdniny v Telci, Czech Republic
West End Cultural Centre, Winnipeg, MB
Black Fly Jam Folk Club, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Rogue Folk Club, Vancouver, BC
The Church, Halifax, NS
The Millenial Club, Charlottetown, PEI
The Regina Folk Guild, Regina SK

Set List

2-50 minute sets.
Mostly originals, some covers
Flexible