Born with a song in her heart, Katie Drake’s earliest performances were for family and friends, and by the time she was nine the California native was leading the music portion of the children’s service at church.
Katie started to accompany herself first on piano, and then on guitar. She also played trombone in her high school band. Citing a wide range of influences from Lauryn Hill, Celine Dion, Trisha Yearwood, Karen Carpenter, Alison Krause and The Dixie Chicks to No Doubt, Keith Urban, and Shania Twain, Katie has a unique style all her own.
Although many of her favorite singers are also songwriters, Katie didn’t start writing songs until her mid-twenties. “I didn’t feel like I had enough to say,” she explains. “I hadn’t experienced significant emotional trauma or heartache, which is what I thought most songwriters wrote from.”
All of that changed after Katie attended her cousin’s wedding and heard a song she had written for her husband. “I came away wanting to write a song for my own wedding, which resulted in “Bless This Man”. Katie continued to turn to music to process specific life experiences—“In Your Shoes”, “Meet In The Middle” and “Ready For A Change” all reflected her experience working with horses at her Uncle Pat Parelli’s Natural Horsemanship facility in Colorado, but they were also among the first songs that Katie felt were universal enough for others to identify with. She has recently recorded a full-length cd entitled Speak Your Heart, co-written with writer/producer/musician Chris Caswell which explores the variations of expansive change, to include the amazing growth of her two young children.
As Katie writes in the liner notes…“special thanks to my fans. Some of you are my dearest friends, and others of you I have never met, but I want you to know that you are largely the reason I do this. When I get to hear that my music has touched someone else’s heart it blesses me beyond words.”