Song Bird Katie Evans sings a cut from her 1st album at her CD signing party at BJ's in Soldotna.
Katie Evans says she was probably 12 years old when she found her mom’s old twelve string guitar in the closet and started playing around with it and writing songs. Hobo Jim, Alaska’s official balladeer, says Katie was more like 8 years old when she started coming up on stage with him to sing the Iditarod song because she was such a cute little kid, “Then one day she surprised me and said can I sing something instead of the Iditarod song, so I said sure and she sang one of my songs called Song Bird and then she started taking vocal lessons and learning the guitar and the next time I heard her she was actually singing really good. Then she started writing music and folks started really liking her songs, so she told me she really wanted to do a record, so we took her down to Nashville and put some great musicians with her and the result of all that is here tonight with the release of her first CD, which she has a lot of reason to be proud of, it’s a great CD and she did a wonderful job. One of the things about your first CD is that it becomes a reference point for the rest of a musician’s life and Katie has set that bench mark really high with her first CD and I hope folks will check it out,” Hobo told the Dispatch.
Alaska's Balladeer and Katie Evans at her CD release party at BJ's in Soldotna.
Katie’s CD “Symphony in Blue” was produced by Hobo Jim who also wrote the title song, “I wrote the song years ago and Katie wanted to sing it as the title for her album, but she has really written some great songs for this record that folks are going to fall in love with. Symphony in Blue is a romantic, sexy, kind of a café song and she’s made it her own,” said Jim. One of the musicians accompanying Katie on her record is the legendary Jim Hoke, the saxophone player who backs up the Rolling Stones, “It was a pretty magical moment in the studio, it was truly awesome, he came in and in maybe like 5 minutes he laid down this beautiful saxophone solo, it was one of those really great moments in the session,” said Katie.
Katie’s next goal is to finish college, “Once I have my degree, I’ll see what I can do with my music after that, but this has been a great experience and I’m so grateful to Jim and Cyndi for believing in me and making this possible, it totally couldn’t have happened without them,” added Katie. In the liner notes of Symphony in Blue, Katie thanks a lot of people who have supported her and helped her musical career, especially her family, “I am everything I am because of all of you.” She dedicates the album to her mom writing, “To be half of who you had to be. I love you.” Locally Katie’s CD is available at Whitey’s Music Store in the Red Diamond Center, from Katie in person as she entertains at local venues like Kaladi Bros. in Soldotna and Veronica’s in Kenai, or by e-mailing Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org
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