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Nov
24
Katie Thompson @ Forsyth Barr Stadium

Dunedin Central, None, New Zealand

Dunedin Central, None, New Zealand

Oct
13
Katie Thompson @ Frank's

Greymouth, None, New Zealand

Greymouth, None, New Zealand

Oct
01
Katie Thompson @ Frank's

Greymouth, None, New Zealand

Greymouth, None, New Zealand

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People who mind don’t matter, people who matter don’t mind at all…’ They are not all quite so succinct, but Katie Thompson’s new album is littered with similar observational couplets, the simplistic charm of which might conveniently be held as reflecting her small town background.
The 24-year old Thompson is a typically proud West Coaster. Born in Hokitika she currently lives half an hour up the coast in Greymouth. Despite her professed and genuine enthusiasm for making a future living as a performing singer/songwriter, you quickly sense that her life is plenty rich enough, with friends and family and a growing degree of local fame.
Earlier this year Thompson’s second album was released through Sellaband, the Munich-based website which musicians worldwide can utilise to attract independent fan (‘believer’) funding for recording new music. She titled the album ‘Impossible’, not so much in reference to the challenge of reaching Sellaband’s US$50,000 album funding goal, rather about the challenge of finding a good man and long term happiness. . . . - Richard Thorne from NZ Musician


New Zealand singer-songwriter Katie Thompson clearly has a following. This album was funded to the tune of US$50,000 through Sellaband (where supporters chip in for the artist to record an album) and she has just been announced as the opening for an Elton John concert in Dunedin later in the year. That's pretty good for a girl from Hokitika on the West Coast.

This mature outing -- just enough new country/pop crossover the get her to radio and Elton's audience -- comes with excellent musical support (Andy Taylor's guitars worthy of mention) and was produced by Greg Haver's studio in Britain. It sounds terrific and the neatly arranged strings and backing vocals never overwhelm.

Thompson writes and delivers a smart song too: Good as Gold leaps out as the kind of single which could head straight into the US charts where country-kissed pop is given a good hearing.

There's no denying her origins in country, but in many places here she steps well past that. The airy Curious Disgrace has an almost cinematic ambience and her voice keens gently over a spare piano part, Roll in Tide leans towards folk balladry (with sweeping, uplifting strings) and Keep Your Memory is entrancing where her voice sits right in the centre of attention with confidence in its power and her lyrics.

Thompson can tell a story and deliver a position (the not-going-to-take it sentiment of Cruel to be Kind) and she isn't without a poetic turn either (the crisp imagery on Fading Fast).

The subdued country of Wild Weather at the end takes this out on the perfect note.

With songs which move from bright pop to reflective acoustic songs, Impossible is an album in the best sense of the word. Radio should be picking up on the title track also, but there's plenty of quieter hometime listening here too.

Sort of album you'd happily chip in to support at a guess.

Like the sound of this? Then check out this. - Graham Reid from Elsewhere


Discography

Single
Good As Gold released Feb 2011.
Receiving major airplay on Classic Hits
Was no.1 on NZ Country iTunes Charts

Albums
Tall Poppy 2009
Impossible 2011

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Bio

Singer/songwriter Katie Thompson released her debut album, Tall Poppy in 2009. Since then her career has flourished under the bright lights of the international music funding site Sellaband, making her one of the fastest-ever artists to reach the $US50,000 level needed to record and release an album – and all contributed by people who love her music.

That new album is Impossible, with the first single, Good As Gold, release in January 2011 hitting #1 on the NZ Country iTunes charts. Produced in the UK at Modern World Studios by renowned British producer, Greg Haver.

Katie has appeared on New Zealand's Breakfast Show, Nightline, Close Up and most recently Good Morning. Her musical influences are singer/songwriters such as Adele, Kasey Chambers, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash, Tami Neilson to name a few.

Katie was the opening act for Elton John at his only New Zealand concert November 201 - playing to a crowd of over 35,000 people.