The first thing people notice about Kathleen, it’s unavoidable in fact, is her voice. It’s rare you find a voice so unique, so bold, that it’s strange to believe Kathleen was a very private singer until her late teens. As confidence grew she began to sing more publicly and with that developed an interest in songwriting. Kathleen joined bands and collaborated through her early twenties with musicians (“much better than me” she says) and soaked up their ways of approaching music, and influenced by artists like James Blake, Solange & Charlotte Day Wilson, began learning about and becoming fascinated with production. Except for piano lessons as a child, She hadn’t done much formal studying of music and wanted to focus on developing her own musicianship and craft in a different setting, moving to London embarking on a degree in music. With more alternative influences like Radiohead, Anohni, Moses Sumney became absorbed in the lyrical content of songs; being drawn to artists like Adrianne Lenker, Sufjan Stephens, Joni Mitchell and Phoebe Bridgers .
All that led to Kathleen self producing and self releasing her debut single in her final year of study (2020). ‘Define’ went to gain support which got a spin on BBC Radio 1 and Radio 6. Around the same time I was announced as one of the Final 8 of Glastonbury festivals emerging artist competition.
Since then Kathleen has been focused on writing her debut and taking her first steps into collaborating with new writers and producers, recently working with Benji Bower and Ben Baptie on her forthcoming debut EP, Through The Blue.