Katie Fry is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with an Alt-Country-Pop inspired Folk sound. She writes songs about love, friendship, struggle and hope.
Katie Fry released her self-produced debut EP, My California, in September of 2021. Music Connection Magazine published a critique and review of the collection of songs, rating the overall production and vocals 9 out of 10, and the review was selected as one of the top 25 reviews of the year. The title track is an upbeat folk-country style tribute to growing up in rural California. Inspiration for the song came after Fry experienced the loss of her childhood home to a wildfire, displacing her parents. Another track ‘One Foot at a Time’ promotes the concept of empathy, with a message in response to many social topics of the time. A music video of the song emphasizes the lyrics with strong imagery depicting people of all ages and walks of life, from the perspective of their shoes.
In addition to performing her own original music, Katie is a graduate of the Music For Healing And Transition Program, working as a Certified Music Practitioner at her local hospital to provide therapeutic bedside music to patients of all ages. She plays a 34 string folk harp, specializing in singing songs from the 1920s-1950s for individuals living with dementia.
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To learn more about Katie see below for a more informal story about how her music came to be. Thank you for supporting local independent musicians.
I'm often asked the question, "Do you come from a musical family?" The answer is no, in fact my mother is hearing impaired. Although she is unable to appreciate music like the rest of us, she has always supported my musical adventures. I was born with a clubfoot, a birth defect in which the foot is twisted and out of position. The doctor suggested to my parents to enroll me in dance classes as part of my therapy, and so they did. In this photo you can see a picture of baby me wearing a cast that goes well above my knee. My first memories of falling in love with music was as a young child, dancing to beautiful Classical Music in ballet, and tap dancing to the rythm of Jazz.
Later on, I remember hanging out with my dad in his garage where he had a record collection, tape cassettes and 8 tracks. It was my introduction to listening to the music from the 1950s and 60s, still to this day my favorite kind music. He had a collection of antiques like an old victrola record player and an antique piano. Naturally I gravitated to the piano and eventually taught myself how to play. When I became a teenager, my parents enforced a curfew cut off time for playing the piano, because I would play for hours on end into the night, keeping everyone else in the house awake.
In the sixth grade I picked up playing the flute in the concert band and learned how to read music. I continued playing until my senior year of high school when I played the piccolo and became the drum major of the marching band. The piccolo is a half-size flute and the drum major is the person leading and conducting the marching band. I also sang in the choir and my choir teacher gave me my first guitar! And so I taught myself how to play it. This is also when I started to create my own songs.
Over the years I have done my best to learn the art of songwriting and producing. I'm lucky to have had many musician friends take me under their wing and show me the tricks of the trade. I volunteered as a Songwriter/Producer for the organization, Songs of Love, creating personalized songs for children dealing with serious illness. It was a fulfilling experience and gave me the opportunity to become a better writer and producer. It also made me more curious about music as a tool for healing. That's when I decided to go back to school and studied with the Music for Healing and Transition Program. I learned how to play the harp and became certified to bring live therapeutic music to the bedside for patients in a hospital setting. Working as a therapeutic musician has forever changed my life. I feel privileged to share such a sacred, intimate space, connecting with others through music.
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