FYIG Chats With Singer/ Songwriter Kate Gillespie

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a Folk/Americana singer-songwriter from Toronto, Canada, currently living in Nashville, TN.

How did you first become interested in a career as a singer?

As a kid, I watched a lot of American Idol and became obsessed with singing songs in every genre. I would spend most of my time after school singing to karaoke tracks I’d find on Youtube. Then, while in high school I fell in love with songwriting and found my dream career.

How instrumental was your trip to Nashville with your father to your aspirations as a singer/songwriter?

It was incredibly instrumental to see a city that was entirely immersed in music. I was 13 at the time and had little exposure to the country and folk genres in Toronto, so coming to Nashville felt like I had stumbled upon a giant community that was into the same thing I was.

How would you describe your musical style?

Aside from the genres of Folk and Americana, I would describe my style as a combination of vulnerable storytelling with fingerpicking, open tunings, and a slight bit of wit.

You moved to Nashville in 2017 and released your debut title, “Pink and Gold” which has gained over 1.5 Million plays. Did you ever expect your debut EP to have such a successful run?

I definitely couldn’t have imagined having such a successful run, but I’m so incredibly grateful that people have/are listening.

Your latest single is called, “New York”. Tell us a little bit about this song?

“New York“ is about the conflicting emotions of finding out that you’re the other woman after you’ve already fallen too deep into the relationship to want to leave.

The song is an extension of your previous single, “Not Having Fun”. Was it a conscious decision to create these songs in tandem or did it just kind of come out that way?

It ended up coming out that way unintentionally. While the songs are about the same person, they were written at different times in the relationship and were written exactly when I was feeling what was happening at the time.

What was it like working with producer Collin Pastore?

Collin is like a wizard in the studio. We actually tracked every instrument in one day. He is extremely efficient and contributed so many creative ideas in terms of the arrangement.

What’s next for your career? Might a full-length album be on the way?

At the moment, I’m playing lots of live shows in Nashville and beyond, and planning for my next couple of single releases. A full-length album is definitely in the plans somewhere down the road, though!

Do you have any live shows coming up? What’s the experience like for those that see you live?

I currently I have a Sofar Sounds show in St. Louis Missouri and a show at the East Room in Nashville scheduled for next month. I’m also in the process of booking a couple of shows in Toronto! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to perform in my hometown, so I’ll be looking forward to those the most.

My live performances tend to be intimate interactions with the audience in hopes of moving people and making connections through my music.

What advice would you have for aspiring singer/songwriters?

My advice is to write music that you would want to listen to. While I think it’s helpful to be able to write for someone or something else, I personally can never feel totally satisfied with my music unless I feel that I’m telling an honest story. People appreciate and are receptive to vulnerability, even if it can feel uncomfortable to you during the writing process.

What’s your life like outside of music?

Outside of music, I spend my time drinking wine with friends and taking pictures of my beautiful, white, fluffy cat, Jeremy.

Let the readers know where to find you online.

Instagram: kategillesp
Facebook: facebook.com/kategillespiemusic
Website: kategillespiemusic.com