Katie Garibaldi

Katie Garibaldi

 San Francisco, California, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Katie Garibaldi is an award-winning singer/songwriter and guitar player from San Francisco. She is an endorsed Breedlove Guitars artist. An avid national touring performer, Katie has amassed a devoted fan base, due in large part to her engaging live shows and personal connection to her listeners through her music. The ethereal Americana songstress' EP Rooted Clarity is a collection of five original songs with a theme of self-discovery, and her new holiday album Home Sweet Christmas is out now!

Biography

Katie Garibaldi is a San Francisco, CA based singer/songwriter and guitar player who has been releasing music independently for about half of her life thus far. Elmore Magazine describes Garibaldi’s sound as, “sweet, smooth music that is equal parts old‐school pop princess and folk songstress.” The songwriter has a characteristic musical style wherein her country‐tinged dreamy folk gives her a distinct sound—ethereal Americana with sparkling memorable melodies. But this prolific artist continues to stretch the boundaries of any genre’s walls with the release of her new full-length album this holiday season, Home Sweet Christmas, a collection of original Christmas songs that embrace Garibaldi’s operatic vocal prowess and soulful folky affection, but also songs that branch out into traditional country and even gospel atmosphere. 

The melodic songwriter first began hinting about the Christmas album as a possibility with the release of her single, "Tomorrow is Christmas Morning," an original song about yearning to make it home in time for the magic of Christmas morning, which features a charming string section that has become a staple in Garibaldi’s signature sound, in November of 2016. Celebrated Christmas blog "Merry and Bright!" called "Tomorrow is Christmas Morning" a "very well-written and performed song" and said, "Katie has hinted that this is merely a preview for a full-length Christmas album coming in 2017. That's a Christmas wish that I hope comes true." Supporters of Garibaldi’s music will not only be granted this wish with Home Sweet Christmas, but can expect some big surprises from the new Christmas release as well. Home Sweet Christmas is now available! katiegaribaldi.com/store

Her EP Rooted Clarity, recorded in Nashville, TN, houses five songs that focus on self‐discovery and faith and combine Garibaldi’s folk‐driven roots with a mix of classical and country string arrangements together. The sonic result delivers an effective and effortless sound that perfectly highlights the singer’s trademark, soulfully vibrato-smitten and sometimes operatic voice. This mini album, available everywhere and also released on limited edition 10” HIFI vinyl, has garnered Garibaldi dazzling reviews from the press, including No Depression, who writes, “Katie sings with vibrancy, hitting high notes even Joni Mitchell would appreciate. Katie packs a wonderful folky extravagance. This woman doesn’t have to prove a thing to anyone – she is a powerhouse driven by an intoxicating vocal tone. It reaches heights that are so easy on the ear that it’s a treat, a pleasure to listen to. The voice – free of bombastic notes – is just pure musicality.” The Daily Country says, “Garibaldi’s light as a feather vocals exude a strength that makes you want to believe in yourself and pursue your dreams and most importantly, gives you the courage, and clarity, to be yourself, trust yourself and allow yourself to fly.” The sweet soprano weaves between airy and operatic delving into the emotional depths of the stories behind these five brand new original songs, one of which, “I Am”, premiered on The Boot, the top source for the latest in country music.  

Another standout song from Rooted Clarity, “Delightful” has become highly identifiable with Katie Garibaldi, even lending its name to describe her sound in many instances as “delightful Americana.” “Delightful” has received a plethora of positive reviews as well as a nomination in the 2016 Hollywood Music In Media Awards. And the song's official music video has taken the international independent film festival market by storm, gaining multiple awards. 

This determined and enthusiastic national touring performer has been named a Music Connection magazine Top 100 Live Unsigned Artist and has acquired a devoted fan base over the course of her career, due in large part to her engaging live shows and personal connection to her listeners through her music. An active voting member of the Recording Academy, an endorsed artist of Breedlove Guitars (who worked with her to build a custom Master Class guitar), G7th Capos, Fishman, Reunion Blues, and Pig Hog cables, and a singer/songwriter who has continued to release a consistent stream of original new music, the ever-evolving Katie Garibaldi has proven to be an artist with staying power.

Lyrics

Say The Word

Written By: Katie Garibaldi

I got both hands in my pockets but I just keep reaching on/'cause I'm broke as a busted truck that's rusted in the mud and the muck./I'll start something new and then move on before it's finished./Does that bother you?/Sometimes it's my way or the highway/and I'm a dreamer, by the way.

I'm far from perfect/Do you think that I'm worth it?

Chorus:
Say the word and I'll be yours/Tell me to stay, I won't go away/Ask me if I can give you all that I am/and I'll keep on trying every day/I'm ready when you are/Say the word

I'd love to travel the whole world with my guitar strapped on my back/I'd watch the sun come up in Rome and forget what day it was 'cause I wouldn't keep track.

But if you really missed me, I'd be home the next evening.

REPEAT CHORUS

Oh it's so cruel you know/I don't want to play the fool/so don't keep me waiting here./I'm looking for the green light/I'm looking for your hand to take mine/Hurry tonight

REPEAT CHORUS

Hey, Hey Darlin'

Written By: Katie Garibaldi

Well I'm no queen but that's what he calls me/When I don't answer, he promises the sea/I guess I could let myself get used to this/living in a big palace/just me and my baby/'cause love never strays too long./We've had our ins and outs and all our turn arounds/When all is said and done, our two hearts flood this town/'cause love was never gone, gone, gone.

CHORUS:
Hey, hey darlin' things don't always go the way as planned/Hey, hey darlin' don't you worry 'cause you'll always be my man/While all of our friends are in a hurry, we'll be taking our time/Hey, hey darlin' this time we're gonna do things right.

So take off your shoes and I'll pick up my guitar/and sing you a song and then I'll meet you at the bar/and I'll tell everybody what such a sweetheart you are/things have changed, but we're still the same/'cause love never strays too long.

Repeat Chorus

I feel the cold wind closing in on my heels/oh yeah/You say oh no Baby, oh Baby, I'll never leave you again/'cause love was never gone, gone, gone

Repeat Chorus

A Love Without Chains

Written By: Katie Garibaldi

In my room on a Friday night/this is my result/but it's not right/no, it's not right

And then there's you/and I got no excuse/to be alone/to stay inside tonight

(Chorus):
Something has changed/things are going my way/I got freedom tingling through my veins/I got a love without chains/I got a love without chains

And I don't have to hide/said goodbye to any of my lies/and Baby, oh Baby/please believe me/you can call on me any time

(Repeat Chorus)

Can you hear them?/Those bells ringing through your voice/I've never heard that sweet sound before

(Repeat Chorus)

Without Trying So Hard

Written By: Katie Garibaldi

Memories of your love, at night they keep me up
And remnants of your promises linger and turn to dust

I must sound like a broken record to all my friends
But if they’ve never been in love, chances are they don’t understand what I’m missing

CHORUS:
If I reach deep down in my soul, could I find the grace to forgive?
Could I find a way without trying so hard?
'Cause trying’s all we did

Disappointments, they broke me down and broke me in
But expectations just make me wanna rise up and work it out again

I must look like a shadow of the woman I used to be
And if you’ve ever been in love, chances are you’d sympathize with what’s left of me

REPEAT CHORUS

Oh, when do you know when it’s time, time to let go?
And when do you know
if a break is all we needed to finally complete us?

REPEAT CHORUS

Could we find a way without trying so hard?

Follow Your Heart

Written By: Katie Garibaldi

I can’t pretend not to know just what you’re going through
The whole world seems to go against everything you know is true

Chorus:

Follow your heart even when things are hard, you will see what I mean
If you just listen to it, it will get you through it and carry you far
Even when it gets dark, follow your heart

Nothing would have any meaning if you couldn’t fight for what you believe in
So hold your fists high and stand firm, and let your heart do the leading

[Repeat Chorus]

Bridge:

This is the story of my life, I place my bets
Nothing’s much sweeter than looking back with no regrets

So leave your doubt at the door, and find what you’re looking for
Nobody else is gonna do it for you so, what are you waiting for?

[Repeat Chorus]

Follow your heart
Follow your heart

Delightful

Written By: Katie Garibaldi

How did I get here?

Losing myself in fear

Do I know how I am?

I know who I am

How could I let them win?

They talk like they know where I’ve been

Do they know who I am?

I know who I am

[Chorus]

Take these shades off of my eyes and shine

All of the light inside

We could be delightful

I can’t believe the world is all scary

What if we were delightful?

How could you drag me down?

Step on me to lift you up

And now I’m losing sleep

Over my happiness you keep

Do you know who you are?

[Chorus]

Take these shades off of my eyes and shine

All of the light inside

We could be delightful

I can’t believe the world is all crazy

What if we were delightful?

[Bridge]

The more I hurt, I’m vanishing

My mind breeds negativity

The more I care what people think, the more I’m diminishing

But we could be, oh we could be

We could be delightful

[Chorus]

Take these shades off of my eyes and shine

All of your light inside

We could be delightful

I can’t believe the world is all scary

What if we were delightful?

We could be delightful

I Am

Written By: Katie Garibaldi

The most wonderful things seem just out of your reach

Faces and places seem strange and they unsteady your feet

Chorus:

You lay your head down thinking nobody cares

And you look around thinking nobody’s there

I am // I am

Your spirit’s been shaken and thrown, but your roots are stronger than you think

I’ll help you weather the storm, it’s all right, rely on me

[Repeat Chorus]
Bridge:

And when you realize I’m not leaving your side

Even when you’re alone, you will never be alone

And all those wonderful things will be yours to keep

This I’m sure of, yes I know

And when you think no one could be anymore proud of you

I am // I am

I am // I am

Discography

On My Way [out of print]
Unveiled [out of print]
After the Storm 
Deeper (EP)
Fireflies [2004]
Remix Collection 
[out of print]
Fallen Angel [2006]
Next Ride Out [2009]
Baby We're Really In Love (single) [2012]
Follow Your Heart [2014]
Rooted Clarity (EP) [2016]
Tomorrow is Christmas Morning (single) [2016]
Home Sweet Christmas [2017]

Set List