Katie Hargrove
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Katie Hargrove

Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | INDIE

Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2008
Solo Pop Singer/Songwriter


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Katie Hargrove @ The Bitter End

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Katie Hargrove @ Songbyrd Music House

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

Washington, Washington, D.C., United States

Katie Hargrove @ Quaker Steak & Lube

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States




Who’s Katie Hargrove?

Katie Hargrove is a singer/songwriter first and foremost and spends the majority of her time performing around the DMV area. She says songwriting is in her blood, as her dad is a musician. She recalls, “He [her dad] played guitar and introduced me to songwriting. We used to sit and play for hours after dinner every night, and it just acquiesced into my identity over time.”

2017 has been a busy year for Katie, who signed Transoceanic Records and recorded her debut album this year. Katie’s self-titled debut album premiered on March 17, born of collaboration with multi-Grammy award winning producer Glenn Barratt (Elton John, Diana Ross, Shirley Caesar, Melody Gardot), and a team of renown musicians, including the strings from the Philly Pops; Matt Cappy (Grammy-winning trumpet player for Michael Jackson); Ron Jennings (guitarist for R&B legends the Sound of Philadelphia, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Gladys Knight, Regina Bell); and Ross Bellenoit (touring guitarist for Elvis Costello and Amos Lee).

But any true love has it’s roller coaster moments. Katie says the hardest thing about being a musician is that she loves music so deeply that it’s hard to turn off. But on a tough day, she can still turn to those who she’s connected to through music in those very moments for a pick-me-up:

“Hearing that people enjoy and connect with my music and appreciate the craft. When people send me snaps of them dancing in the car listening to my album, or I get DMs on Instagram from people I’ve never met saying that my lyrics are helping them through a hard time.” - Girl Gang Music

"Labor Day Music"

Katie Hargrove -- "Be Your Baby" is an exuberant song that captures the excitement of that instant when love turns to lust. - Adobe and Teardrops

"The Swingset Sessions - Katie Hargrove - Episode 4"

The 2017 season of the Swingset Sessions are back again. Totally live, outdoor performances of original music in the backyard of Washington D.C. This episode featured singer-songwriter Katie Hargrove. "This young, blue-eyed-soul singer is a sultrier kind of pop star. Katie Hargrove’s new self-titled debut EP, released on Transoceanic Records, is “everything I have--rolled into a few bars: it’s real, it’s painful, it’s empowering and it’s true.”' - DC Music & Video



Brian: On DC Music Rocks, we're shining a spotlight on the great songs and incredible people behind the DC region's music scene. Let's get to know our star here, Katie. This young, blue eyed, soul singer is a sultry our kind of pop star. She describes her latest EP as, "Everything I have rolled into a few bars." It's real, it's painful, it's empowering, and it's true. Music was always an important part of Katie's youth. Growing up in Knoxville, TN, she began performing at age 10. She was classically trained and competed nationally in piano. Really, piano?

Katie: I did.

Brian: I'm impressed. She's a piano player, but began to favor the guitar once she hit her teens. Her early influences were Carol King, Jimmy Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks, and Tupac, which is an amazing collection of influences there. She continued to sing and write songs through high school and college, and after graduating from the University of Florida, which by the way I went to Florida State.

Katie: Rivals.

Brian: We'll talk about that off the air later. She moved to Washington DC where she now calls home, and her music embodies the new generation of strong, outspoken female pop singers, and there is an amazing generation of those. I first came across her music when I was listening to that track, Be My Baby on the Metro, and it connected with me. Now, listeners, it is such a treat to now have her here in the studio to share her with you. It's with great pleasure that I formally introduce Katie Hargrove.

Katie: Hi.

Brian: It is such a treat to have you here. Tell folks, the evolution of music in your life now. I brought up piano, I brought up guitar, go back for us, kind of run us through the progression of how you go to being the recording artist you are today.

Katie: Wow, I mean, how much time do we have?

Brian: The shorter version is good.

Katie: Yeah, my dad played guitar, and he was a singer-songwriter growing up. I think I always heard music. I started picking it up and it was never a quiet day at our house, because someone was always playing music. Whether it was my dad and I playing music together, or us going to a show, or listening to a new album, we always picked albums and we would listen to them at dinner. If it was your night, you would play music. I think a little by little it just started to become my life. Around 10, 12, is when I switched to guitar and I started writing my own music. It just blossomed into a thing that I kept up with. Then I started performing in little talent shows, and things at school, and doing drama, and things like that. I think little by little I was like, "I like this. This is good," so I just kind of stuck with it.

Brian: Wow, and now you moved up to DC, and you recorded this album now. The name of the album is ...

Katie: It's self-titled, Katie Hargrove.

Brian: Self-titled, Katie Hargrove. At what point did you decide, okay, I'm going to record this album? How did that happen?

Katie: That's kind of a long story. Short Cliff Notes version.

Brian: I've been asking the long story questions, I love it, it's like hitting home runs. Okay, talk to us.

Katie: I performed for a family friend of mine, who I was introduced to on a back porch. I played Lost Our War, and Save Me, and she cried. She loved the songs, she loved them acoustic, and she has a friend, and he has a studio, and she introduced me to him, and she told me off the bat, "He a tough cookie, and if he doesn't like your music he's not going to be afraid to say that." I was terrified, and I met with him, and of course I was sick, and my voice sounded terrible, and I played, I think I played Lost Our War and The Last, which are both on the album. I remember him just shaking his head, and Jock, he's one of the producers on the album, he was like, "Yeah, okay. Well, send me all of your music and we'll start talking about this." I was like, "Nothing is ever going to happen. He hated it." At the time I was working at ...

Brian: This is how he lets you down easy.

Katie: Yeah I was like ...

Brian: He's just like, "Oh yeah, yeah it's good. Yeah, we can go out on it."

Katie: I was working at Vans, the shoe store, at the time. I was like, "I have to get to my shift, I don't know what I'm doing here." Little by little we started cultivating through email, and he was like, "I have this studio up in Philly, and you should come up," and blah, blah, blah. It just became a thing. Then it was like, "Okay, I should probably accept this is happening, that we're going to go to a studio and record this." The best part is I had never been in a studio, ever, I had never toured a studio.

Brian: Wow.

Katie: I had never done any of that. To walk in and be surrounded by these incredible musicians, I mean, one of the other producers, Glenn Barratt, he worked with Diana Ross, and Melody Gardot, and I mean it was just intense. You know? I'm sitting here, like little girl who wrote all of these songs in her bedroom, and then, "Oh there's Matt Cappy, Michael Jackson's trumpet player, it was just ... It was insane.

Brian: Wow.

Katie: Yeah.

Brian: Now so you worked with all of them then. Well let me back up, so when I went and saw you, I caught you at the Ellipse Rooftop Bar, one of the gigs you had. Now it's just you and your guitar sometimes, you're doing the singer-songwriter thing.

Katie: Yep.

Brian: On the album there's a lot, all kinds of strings, and amazing sounds. Talk about how did your guitar singing turn into all of that.

Katie: I sent them hundreds of songs and they chose a select handful of songs.

Brian: Wait, wait, hundreds?

Katie: I sent them a lot of songs.

Brian: Okay.

Katie: All recorded on my phone.

Brian: On your iPhone. Okay.

Katie: Yeah. They picked out the ones that they thought were the punchiest, most ear catching tunes that they could make into something that would be radio worthy, you know, I had never been on the radio, I had never really promoted myself in that way. I sent them all to them and I guess John Conahan, he was the arranger on the album, and he wrote out everybody's music, and everything. I think Jock, John, and Glenn, all kind of got together and created this musical piece. Before we would sit to record every song, they would kind of give me what they thought was going to happen. Like, "This is kind of what we've arranged. What do you think about it?" We'd kind of bounce ideas around, and come up with something we were all comfortable with. I was very comfortable in the studio, and I think they really made it a place where it wasn't just like, "Well, this is what we've figured out is going to be your song, and that's it, and here you go." It was beautiful. It was the chance to really cultivate something as a group, and it was all in like four days.

Brian: Wow.

Katie: Yeah.

Brian: What an epic weekend and what a great result. My compliments to John, and Jock, and ...

Katie: Glenn.

Brian: ... and Glenn, for the amazing arranging.

Katie: Yeah.

Brian: Just amazing, I love the result that came from that. Now talk about you on the personal side. Outside of the music thing, what is life like for you? Hobbies, what's outside of music?

Katie: I love working out. I do solid core, which is like a Pilates class. I like to think it's like a much harder version of a class I've ever done before. It's on like a reformer, and it kicks your butt hard, and I love it.

Brian: Okay.

Katie: Let's think, what else? Sadly, I'm really into reality TV.

Brian: Stop, really?

Katie: If we're being honest.

Brian: Okay, all right.

Katie: If we're being honest and this is the honest me, then yes.

Brian: Okay. Now tell me more. What does that mean? What do you watch? What is that?

Katie: I'm just intrigued by people's lives. I feel like there's no need to even watch fiction shows, because people are crazy, and they're so interesting. I don't know.

Brian: It seems like fiction when you're watching reality TV.

Katie: Yeah, like Real Housewives, and all these new shows, it's just ... No hate, I love it. Keep it up, you know?

Brian: What's the latest one that you've been watching?

Katie: Probably just some version of Real Housewives, or who knows? Yeah, probably Real Housewives.

Brian: Real Housewives?

Katie: Or Below Deck, the one about the deck crew.

Brian: Yeah.

Katie: I'm into it, yeah.

Brian: That's awesome.

Katie: So lame.

Brian: Okay.

Katie: It's so lame.

Brian: All right, now what about ... What's something in your music collection that might surprise us?

Katie: Like album wise?

Brian: Yeah, or like song, or artists, or ...

Katie: I don't know, I've always been into 80s music, I'm a big 80s person. I'm always ...

Brian: Okay, what does that mean?

Katie: I love Foreigner, and Been Waiting for a Girl Like You, that's like one of my favorite songs ever. Play it at gigs, and I don't think people realize how much I'm putting in to it. You know what I mean? I'm like, "Okay, you all have to clap, I'm clapping on the inside." I don't know.

Brian: I think every musician has been through them clapping on the inside too, actually, that's a ... You're there, and you're playing music, and everybody is paying attention to what they're doing, and you are ... Yes.

Katie: Yeah, you're giving it your all. That's all you can give it, right?

Brian: That is wonderful.

Katie: Yeah.

Brian: I love it. Now you had mentioned your earliest memory with music, you had mentioned your parents, and playing music for the dinner table? Go back to that. Early memories of music.

Katie: Early memories, we always listened to music at dinner. If it was your night, like if it was your turn, you would play a recent album, or recent song you'd heard. It was your chance to kind of be like, "Oh do you like it? Here it is," like a little indie band you found, my parents kind of just let me have free reign of the computer, which probably could have been a bad thing, but I just searched songs, and I just found all of these different musicians, and I just feel in love with music and kind of cultivated my own style from that.

Brian: Is there a song that comes to mind that you played for them that was a home run, or something, that comes to mind?

Katie: I don't know. I think often times I would play them songs thinking I was like the finder, like I would play Carol King, or something, and they would be like, "Yeah, sweetie. Mm-hmm (affirmative), yep, we've heard of her."

Brian: We've been listening to that for years, yeah.

Katie: Yeah, so I think I tried really hard to be cool, and my parents were like, "You're great."

Brian: Excellent, excellent. Now, one of the last questions that I always love to ask on this show is if you could offer one piece of advice what would it be?

Katie: I would say if music, and being an artist, is really what you want to do, just give it your all. Give it everything you have and even during the days when you think, "This is never going to be anything, and I'm never going to amount to anything as a musician," those are the days you really need to be your number one fan. If I hadn't been that, then I never would have had the chance to even step into a studio and create the masterpiece that I consider my album. No matter what comes of it, I'm proud of it, and that's ... You have to be proud of your work and kind of give it your all.

Brian: That's hard, how do you get through those days where you just, "God, why am I doing this?" How do you do it? How do you deal with it?

Katie: I write music, I write songs, I mean Save Me definitely didn't come from a place when I was having a great day. You know what I mean?

Brian: True, okay.

Katie: I think those are the times where you have to harness that energy, and that feeling, and emotion, and realize that you're probably not alone in feeling that. There's probably a ton of people who would really love to feel that with you, and be supported in the process.

Brian: All right cool, and if folks want to find out more about you, and follow you, where do they go?

Katie: I would say best site would be my website, KatieHargrove.com.

Brian: Got it, KatieHargove.com. Social media?

Katie: I'm on Instagram.

Brian: I always like to ask, what's your favorite one? Because everybody has a favorite one that they always stick to.

Katie: I mean, for the longest time it's been Instagram. I love Instagram, but recently it's been Twitter. I tweet a lot.

Brian: A lot of tweeting.

Katie: Yeah, a lot of tweeting.

Brian: All right, she's a tweeter guys, look out. - DC Music Rocks

"Musiq Scene – Katie Hargrove"

Musiq Scene is back and queerer than ever! This issue I got to talk with Katie Hargrove, a Tennessee native Pop/Soul artist based in D.C. Introduced to music by her musician father at an early age, Katie started writing her own music at age 11 and continued onto performance at age 14. We discussed the impact her idols had on her, her drive to be an inspiration to others, and the role love and education play in making the world a better place for the queer community.

Who/what is your inspiration and why?
This is definitely a tough one! So many people have inspired me, but I would say mostly women who are breaking the mold and pushing the boundaries in their respective industries. Whether it’s in music, film or fashion, I find it so inspirational when women are real with their audiences and come right out and say “this was the hardest fucking thing I’d ever done, but it was worth it.” One of my idols, Janis Joplin, struggled with addiction, abuse, and all sorts of issues, but she was one of the most real artists I believe to have traversed the music scene. She was unbound by typical norms of sexuality and strayed from the female stereotype of the time. She was described as intimidating and unpredictable and I strive to be that ballsy in my career.

Why is music important to the queer community?
I think queer culture is becoming such a hot topic now, and I find, as a lesbian woman, that this is both a blessing and a curse. Women in many music genres are spoken about in a very derogatory light and same sex couples are still the brunt of jokes in some industries. For me, music was always my outlet, and although I can’t speak on behalf of the queer community, I can say that music has universally served as the foundation for empathetic growth and understanding. Even when thinking about earth shattering events like the Pulse massacre, I can remember the music that pulled me through such varied, troubled emotions. Songs like “I Know A Place” by MUNA remind us of why it’s important to band together, protect and fight for one another. I think music is truly the glue that holds us together at our weakest, most vulnerable times.

What do you hope to achieve as an artist?
I hope to build a career that I’m proud of and that inspires people. There are so many pop singers that really cater to the heteronormative ideals of a man rescuing a damsel in distress, but I would like to think I’m playing a role in rewriting my own narrative to include same sex characters. I want to be the voice that carries people through tough times and sparks the light in them to keep fighting even when it all feels too heavy. I’m living every day trying to build a career that I’m astonished and in awe of when I’m lying on my death bed. I want to live a life of legacy, not just leave one behind.

Did music play an integral role in your coming out? If yes, how so?
Hell yes! 100 percent. I remember truly feeling like I was “coming out” in my song “The Last“; which was written about my partner. Simply being able to utilize words describing a woman in a song like “My Queen” is a power that feels unparalleled. I didn’t come out until my last year of college. I really fought against the feelings, because being from the rural hills of Tennessee it’s not a commonplace topic. I sought out religion and classes and all sorts of “remedies”, as sad as it sounds, to try to be not gay for fear of backlash.

As it turns out, I came out a couple years ago and the world kept turning. I lost a couple people who I believed were friends, but my music was honestly what got me through it all, and ultimately gave me the strength to truly be my genuine self. “Save Me“, from my recently released album, really sheds a light on some of my darkest hours. Coming out and saying “I’m gay” was one of the most liberating moments in life, and I can honestly say my music was my crutch to lean on when my knees began to shake. I found my true voice and it’s a privilege to be who I truly am in this industry.

Given challenges facing our country and community, in your opinion, what is most needed for the queer community now? How can the music scene further that goal?
My honest answer to this would be love and education. Our community has been shaken to the core continually from so many sides. To live in a world where our leaders won’t fight for marriage equality and trans rights is a terrifying and cruel reality. The trans community has really suffered so many harsh and unimaginable blows from our government. It’s a constant punch to the gut to turn on the TV and see who’s being victimized today.

So many people want to wave the rainbow flag at pride, but they’re not willing to take action. Growing up I never really heard about same sex couples. It wasn’t a topic of discussion, much less a life I saw depicted in movies or TV shows. I think the basis of these issues is the lack of conversation and education beneath all of the hate. I think we need more representation in the media. We need more actors playing parts that they identify with, not merely an actor who got cast due to their extensive repertoire. We need more music where people use the pronouns that they identify as and can sing love songs to the people they actually love.

I grew up listening to Melissa Etheridge, so we can all see my apples didn’t fall too far from that tree, no matter how backwards my adolescent environment may have been. I think music has so much power, in the media especially. Music can say so much while saying so little. There are so many musicians pushing back against the norms right now; Troye Sivan and Syd (The Internet) to name a few. With each word of truth we hear in music, maybe we can begin to build a safer, more real version of ourselves. And maybe, overtime the melody of love and acceptance will transform into a universal song of change. - Tagg Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.


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This young, blue-eyed-soul singer is a sultrier kind of pop star. Katie Hargrove’s new self-titled debut EP, released on Transoceanic Records, is “everything I have--rolled into a few bars: it’s real, it’s painful, it’s empowering and it’s true.”

Music was always an important part of Katie’s youth. The native of Knoxville, TN, began performing at age 10. She was classically trained and competed nationally in piano, but began to favor the guitar once she hit her teens. Her early influences were Carole King, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Cash, Dixie Chicks, and Tupac.

 She continued to sing and write songs through high school and college, especially when things got rocky in her life. “Music is my outlet…during the ups and downs…I knew no matter how silenced I felt, my music would always give me a voice.” After graduating from the University of Florida, she moved to Washington, DC, where she now calls home. After briefly touring and playing at national charitable and community events, she was chosen by the US Dept of the Interior to perform in the Christmas Music Program at the White House this past December.

 She has performed alongside Aaron Carter, “American Idol’ Kris Allen, Jason Lancaster, and Death of Paris. But when 21-year old Katie Hargrove stepped into the studio for the first time in Philadelphia, at Morningstar Studios, she almost cried she was so nervous. “I think singer-songwriters wait their whole lives hoping and dreaming of a day when their music will be more than a project,” Katie says.

Together with multi-Grammy award winning producer Glenn Barratt (Elton John, Diana Ross, Shirley Caesar, Melody Gardot), producer and industry veteran Jock Wanamaker, and Morningstar engineer Dave Schonauer, Katie sought to “create something bigger than just ‘a song’ or ‘an album’ ” and to let the work resonate on its own merit.  From the hundreds Katie had written, the final songs chosen for the EP were the ones that “kept her up at night”, whose deep, forthright lyrics spoke to the subjects of love, seduction and bargaining with loss.

Arranger John Conahan (The Crossing, National Cathedral Choir, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center) and the producers employed a team of luminary musicians to play on the record: strings from the Philly Pops; Grammy-winning trumpet player for Michael Jackson, Matt Cappy; guitarist for R&B legends (the Sound of Philadelphia, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Gladys Knight, Regina Bell) Ron Jennings, and touring guitarist for Elvis Costello and Amos Lee, Ross Bellenoit. The collaboration generated just the right balance of soul and punch, vulnerability and swagger.

And now, with this debut album, Katie delights in her greatest passion: sharing her music with the world. Her music embodies the new generation of strong outspoken female pop singers, and has earned her comparisons to both Adele and to Alanis Morissette. 

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