Katie Moore

Katie Moore

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

sad folk music for the drifting soul

Biography

Katie Moore is an uncompromising songstress whose haunting music defies quick categorization; it lies somewhere in the no-man’s-land between folk, alt-country and bluegrass. Built around a persuasive simplicity, each song is anchored by her voice.
“I often get asked how long I have been singing for, and I don’t know how to answer that,” she says. “How long have you been breathing? It’s just a natural thing I love to do.” That much is obvious – enchanting, earthy, pure, real, open; these are some of its descriptors.
“Only Thing Worse,” released in the Fall of 2007 on Borealis Records, is a collection of mostly original songs produced by collaborator/friend Warren Spicer. Some songs, including “The Waiter” and “Under the Bed,” are stripped down, bare numbers involving only Katie and Warren, a guitar and tinkle of piano. Others, such as opener “Getting Older,” were recorded live off the floor with a full band but manage to sustain the intimacy that pervades the record. In 2006 she was nominated for the ECHO Songwriter Prize for “Rush Enough.” The prize is a SOCAN initiative to spotlight Canada’s up-and-coming independent songwriters.
Over the last few years Katie’s natural, effortless timbre has resonated well with fellow musicians. Highlights in her musical career to-date include her performance on and co-writing credits for Socalled’s hit in France “You are Never Alone,” the video for which recently received its 1.5-millionth hit on YouTube. She recorded “The Storm,” a duet with Patrick Watson on his Polaris-winning, Juno-nominated album “Close to Paradise.” She also performed on “These are the Good Old Days,” a Socalled collaboration with Fred Wesley (trombone player and horn arranger for James Brown’s JBs in the 1970s).
She also plays in Yonder Hill, a Canadian bluegrass band made up of Montreal’s finest players.
Since 2005 Katie has spent about 12 weeks each year touring Europe with Socalled as well as Feist-producer Gonzales. She has shared the stage with Jason Molina, Fire and Wine, Fred Wesley, David Krakauer, Gonzales, Calexico, Irvine Fields, to name a few.

Discography

Recordings
Only Thing Worse (Borealis Records, 2007)
Katie Moore (independent release, 2005)
Collaborations
Yonder Hill by Yonder Hill (June 2008).
Ghettoblaster by Socalled (Label Bleu, JDub records 2007). “You are Never Alone” and “These are the Good Old Days,” featuring Fred Wesley.
Close to Paradise by Patrick Watson (Secret City, 2006); 2007 Polaris Award. “The Storm.”
Parc Avenue by Plants and Animals (Secret City, 2008). “Mercy” and “Faeire Dance.”
Strange Biology by Dave Macleod (Ships at Night, 2006).
New Gentleman’s Shuffle by Timber (Ships at Night, 2005).