Katrina Carlson
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Katrina Carlson

Los Angeles, California, United States

Los Angeles, California, United States
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"Metro Times Detriot"

"Honey-voiced blonde swan dives into the deep end of the Pop life pool and surfaces for an enjoyable hour long float." - Metro Times Detriot

"Good Times Magazine"

"...Every song [is a] pleasure, ...a gratifying sequel to Katrina's debut...a great, free spirited atmosphere full of winsome notes and powerful dreamscapes that will set her apart..." - Good Times Magazine

"South of Mainstream"

"...Radio friendly pop songs of the Heather Nova and/or Sheryl Crow type. Pretty, Poppy, Peppy and very professional. Katrina has a great voice [with] plenty of personality and drama that add texture and depth." - South of Mainstream

"Anew Magazine"

“Katrina has a versatile voice that lends sultry sophistication to a wide range of songs.” - Anew Magazine

"Hybrid Magazine"

“…A gem of a pop record, …laced with lyrical depths [and] full of heartfelt emotion and individual truth, accompanied often by little touches of grace.” - Hybrid Magazine

"All Music Guide"

“Her sophomore effort finds her getting souped-up production worthy of any chart topping diva, resulting in a rootsy but polished sound that brings to mind some of Sheryl Crow's better work.” - All Music Guide

"The Celebrity Cafe"

“A gentile voice with sweet vocals and lyrics, …rated 9/10.” - The Celebrity Cafe

"BILLBOARD Single Reviews"

"Suddenly Beautiful" (3:18)
Producer: Not Listed
Writers: K. Carlson/J. Denim
Publishers: Kataphonic/ Belgian Tattoo (ASCAP) Kataphonic Music (CD Promo)

Katrina Carlson should be a tutor in indie promotion. “Suddenly Beautiful” is the fourth hit single from debut CD “Untucked,” which, oddly, has yet to be picked up by a major label. Unlike previous adult contemporary offerings (most notably, “I Know You By Heart” with Benny Mardones and a cover of the Cars’ “Drive”), Carlson demonstrates a bit more acoustic-leaning grit in the Jack Joseph Puig radio mix-- which makes sense, given the lyric, “I’m a fallen star, the sky gets so dark you don’t know/Suddenly you make me feel beautiful.” Such poignancy is rare for AC radio, but programmers are clearly developing a rare core artist for the format. Talent can still transcend the machine. “Beautiful,” indeed.—CT

July 16, 2005
Page 63 - Billboard Magazine (7/16/05)


"Here and Now" released August '07
"No One is to Blame" single released to AC radio July'07
"You Are Christmas" released to radio Nov'05 & '06
"Suddenly Beautiful" released to AC radio May'05
"Drive" released to AC radio Aug.'04
"Count On Me" DVD single released Mar.'04
"Untucked DVD w/Extended EPK & video" released Mar.'04
"Count On Me" released to AC radio Feb.'04
"I Know You By Heart (Duet - Xmas Version)" released to radio Dec.'03 & Dec.'04
"I Know You By Heart (Duet with Benny Mardones) released to AC radio Oct.'03
"Untucked" (c) 2003 Kataphonic Records
"Apples For Eve" (c) 2001 Kataphonic Records



With the mind of a diplomat and the musicality of a modern pop diva, Katrina Carlson is an artist with true mass appeal. Her stirring, vibrant songs embody universal themes of love and strength that are central to humanity. The critics love her albums, and so do Carlson’s growing legions of dedicated fans.

Carlson grew up in Paradise Valley, Ariz., the youngest of 11 children. By the age of 12 she was playing both piano and guitar, and composing songs to entertain her family. Her early talents for songwriting and performance set the stage for Carlson’s bright future.

Initially, Carlson did not formally pursue a musical career. She attended Brown University, where she majored in international relations, foreign policy and diplomacy. After graduation, Carlson found herself at a crossroads. Dealing with a recent family tragedy and feeling disillusioned by the political climate in Washington, D.C., she moved to New York for some “musical therapy.” Carlson earned admission into the Manhattan School of Music and Brooklyn College’s opera program. During this time, she expanded her creative repertoire and joined an Off-Broadway Cole Porter review. Carlson also appeared in the 1999 indie romantic comedy Special Delivery, and contributed two songs to the film’s soundtrack.
In September 2001, Carlson released her debut record, Apples for Eve, with songs co-written and produced by Emmy winner Ron Cohen. Soon, Carlson’s music spread its way throughout American culture. Her music graced the soundtracks of television shows Dawson’s Creek, Lost and Passions, as well as the feature film Go Tigers!. As a result of these successes, Carlson was selected as a 2002 finalist in the Rolling Stone/Jim Beam Emerging Artist series.

Carlson’s second record, Untucked, spent a remarkable 18 combined months on the Billboard and R&R Adult Contemporary charts. The romantic pop ballad “I Know You by Heart” is a powerful and moving duet featuring Benny Mardones -- best known for his 1980s hit single “Into the Night.” Follow-up tunes such as “Count on Me,” “Suddenly Beautiful,” and Carlson’s skillful rendering of The Cars’ classic “Drive” are musical gems that brought the album well-deserved praise including an award for “Best Independent Pop Album” at the 2003 Los Angeles Music Awards.

After releasing Untucked, Carlson continued her sonic diversity by expanding her 1970s-era, soft-rock sound to include a deeper, edgier pop-rock sound. This creative evolution has shaped Carlson’s latest effort, which will be released in mid-August. The aptly named Here and Now, produced by Ron Aniello (Barenaked Ladies, Guster, Lifehouse), offers a lush collection of sweeping power ballads and upbeat pop tunes. A major highlight is the title track, inspired by the moment Carlson first held her then-newborn baby, Ruby Rose, and mused over experiences and lessons learned in her own life. In Carlson’s words, “I look for the beauty in the good, the bad and the ugly alike. And I count it all a blessing.”

Here and Now’s first single is a modern take on the Howard Jones classic “No One is to Blame,” with a guest appearance by Jones himself. With songs such as “Be the One,” “First To Say Goodbye” and “Everyone Gets Lost,” Carlson again demonstrates her enrichment as both an individual and a professional musician. This growth is equally evident in the diversity of Carlson’s live performances. While on tour, she has opened for such artists as Kenny Loggins, Chicago, Eddie Money and Rick Springfield. Priding herself in the ability to “mix it up” onstage, Carlson offers audiences everything from an unplugged acoustic show to a full rock band extravaganza. “Lately, I've been throwing in snippets of opera!” Carlson added, laughing. Carlson loves that her audiences include dancing teenagers, hip seniors and everything in between.

As a songwriter, the former actress explains that she envisions her songs as “mini-movies,” complete with characters, storylines and plot resolutions. Much like contemporaries Sheryl Crow and Natalie Merchant, Carlson views herself in various shades, and by that standard, Here and Now is a rainbow of textured life stories.

Carlson says, “I believe in personal responsibility; you own what is yours that way.” But she also realizes that behind every great musician is a dedicated team and a sacrificing family. Carlson has all of these gifts, which allow her to live life on her own terms. “I’ve always embraced living in the moment, seizing every opportunity,” she says. This new album reflects that inner clarity that, for Katrina Carlson, truly is Here and Now.