Singer-songwriter, Kat Healy originally hailing from Edinburgh, recently moved to East Lothian. A previously selected winner at the CalMac Music Awards 2016, she has been described as a combination of well-crafted songs, beautiful voice and delightful stage presence. Her new single Bread and Roses’ was released on Friday 3rd April.

I WAKE UP…
… first in the house, put the kettle on for some coffee and get the dogs breakfast ready – he’s usually snoring on the sofa (giant, lazy adopted greyhound!).

A TYPICAL DAY…
Researching and drafting my final portfolio for my MA in Creative Writing. I’m writing about the Scottish Witch Trials, specifically witches in North Berwick, Gullane, Direlton and Fenton Barns. Around my studies, it’s freelance work, gigs, music releases and song writing, walking Ted and enjoying delicious home-cooked food with my partner Thilo.

HOW I GOT INVOLVED IN MUSIC…
I realised I could sing early on, but lacked confidence. I’m grateful to the staff at my school who encouraged me to pursue it – hours spent at the piano, rehearsals, musical theatre performances. My first solos were during the Sunday mass services in first year, belting out a melody to a ready-made crowd.

BEST PART OF THE JOB IS…
Feeling the audience get swept away with your performance. There is nothing like it. It’s thrilling, meditative, heart-breaking. Humans need a sense of connection to flourish and performing delivers every time.

AND THE WORST…
All the admin! Especially for indie artists, it’s an exhausting and frustrating process at times, releasing music, booking tours, marketing it all. We often feel pulled away from the actual creative part.

CAREER HIGHLIGHT…
Opening for Joshua Radin at The Queen’s Hall for the first time in 2016 and singing my song ‘Wolf’. I was very moved and happy in that moment. It’s my favourite venue, having seen so many of my idols perform there.

AFTER A PERFORMANCE…
I always hug my partner Thilo who’s often on stage playing piano for me. It’s rare to share gig experiences like we do and we’re grateful for the support we can offer each other. Then I have a large glass of wine!

IN TEN YEAR’S TIME…
I’ll be a published poet and booking my ‘celebrating 20 years of music’ album-tour, carefully selecting outfits for the rounds of awards ceremonies heading my way – ha!

MY LATEST SINGLE…
Bread and Roses… brings me so much joy. It’s a duet with a mega-talented Scottish singer, Karina Smillie. It’s empowering to work with women in the industry, we need to hold each other up, celebrate our successes and enjoy a sense of community.  


breadandroses

www.kathealymusic.com