Artist Spotlight: Katrina Burgoyne
Australian born, Katrina Burgoyne, is one of Nashville’s newest and most exciting up and coming singer-songwriters. Her impressive career includes two Gold Guitar nominations, charting country hits, and awards in multiple songwriting competitions. It’s safe to say she’s made her mark on the industry and is ready to take it to the next level, world-wide.
After we connected with Katrina and she created her first few personalized songs for Songfinch, we knew she was special. When it was time to shine our spotlight on an artist, it was a no-brainer to choose her. Below we got her thoughts on how the Australian music scene shaped her sound, what she’s learned from living in Nashville and more.
First off, thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Tell us a bit about you and how your music career got started.
Thanks guys. I feel so blessed to be apart of the Songfinch family. I always “made up” songs since I could hum a tune and started playing the piano when I was 7. But it wasn’t until I was 11 years old and my family went on a month long vacation across the “Outback” of Australia. We spent our day either traveling across the desert in our 4 x 4 or adventuring the landscape by foot. The evenings we would set up camp along the side of the road and I would wish I played guitar to sing around the campfire. I arrived home and sure enough I picked up my brother’s guitar and taught myself 2 chords and wrote my first song.
How has living in Australia influenced your sound? Do you think it’s grown or changed since you’ve moved to Nashville?
Australian music is a little more folk or “Americana”. I’ve always had a passion for “catchy Pop hook melodies” which is perfect for Nashville. But I feel like the Australian market encouraged me to become a better lyricist. I’ve noticed since moving to Nashville I have grown so much more confident in my craft. I’ll roll up my sleeves and try my hand at anything, it’s like I officially got my creative licence without any limitations.
I’ve been listening to your Demo Sessions a lot lately and I love the sound! Talk a little bit about that collection of songs and why you released such a raw representation of your skills.
This project has been so much fun. I look at some songwriters that have impacted me and I noticed two writers in particular Patty Griffin and Darrell Scott would record raw versions of their songs and release them on albums. Moving to the USA was a few years in the making and I realized the last time I released an album, Spotify didn’t even exist. I write 100-120 songs a year and due to finance I’ve been feeling soooo frustrated not being able to create and release a project. My journey to Nashville has been such an adventure so one day I decided to just use the tools I have and share my adventure with everyone. I don’t have a lot of spins but I love have the ability to connect with my few supporters. I’m treating Spotify like Instagram basically, and I love it.
How would you explain your music?
What has been your favorite song you’ve ever written? Why?
I have so many and it always changes with my emotional connection to a song. ”Trying To Get To Georgia” was a song I’ve been really proud of and leaves an impact with people. It’s about a man that is in love with a girl “Georgia” and he will be standing at her door when he becomes the man she needs him to be. I like it because of my own personal experience with love, chasing a dream and trying to be the best person I can before I share my life with someone.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned about the music industry since moving to Nashville? How about not about the music industry?
The thing I’ve found here is even though I’ve been in the Australian music industry since I was a teenager, it’s a whole new industry here. It’s like I just got off the bus and I’m starting from the ground up all over again. It’s felt challenging and frustrating but I love growing. The biggest thing I’ve learnt personally is how vastly different our cultures are.
Who are your top 3 favorite musicians right now?
Gosh I don’t really have favorites. But I’ll preach one of the most talented up and coming artists I’ve seen in a long time, Abby Anderson. She is a talent.
What is a ‘must do’ for someone that is visiting Nashville?
I went to the Orpy for the first time the other week… and it is a MUST DO!
Anything else that you’d want to let the readers know?
If you wanna hang out and be apart of this adventure with me you can find me on instagram: @katrina_burgoyne or jump onto my website and sign up to my mailing list. www.katrinaburgoyne.com.