At sweet sixteen Skrha releases first CD

Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Writing from her personal experiences and those of others, 16-year-old Katie Skrha is ready to release her first CD.

Even though Katie is a couple of generations removed from the sixties, her music reflects the styling of Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and the Beatles. The maturity of Skrha's voice is way past her years, having captured that unique quality of a vocal artist that touches the soul and creates or reflects upon lifetime memories. Katie received an early start with her musical career when at the age of 7 she met Jim Varsas, Alaska's official balladeer, known around the world as Hobo Jim. "I met Jim when I was about seven or eight and started singing the Iditarod Trail song with him at BJ's and have practiced and progressed since then," says Katie.

Her first CD to be released next month includes a recording of a song written by and performed live with Hobo. "Songbird," is also the title of Katie's first album, named as a tribute to the Alaskan legend who has been her biggest fan and most enthusiastic mentor. The CD also includes three original compositions.

At 16 Skrha's plans are not too different from any other high school student, "I'd like to go to college and double major in elementary music education and performance, but if I'm successful with the CD, then life is grand," said Katie. She will be singing on the Peninsula at various festivals during the summer, and may also be seen at Kaladi Bros. in Soldotna, Sacketts in Cooper Landing, Veronicas in Kenai, and of course from time to time appearing with the master Hobo Jim at BJ's. Advanced copies of "Songbird" are available by calling her father at 283-7100, or by e-mail at

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