When asked where she finds inspiration for the songs she has written, Kat shares how it can come from any number of sources. “It’s random. Inspiration comes from my personal life, by eating an incredible meal, seeing a beautiful painting or watching a movie. Any of these experiences can instigate a stream of creativity and inspiration.” Kat knew she was ready to begin work on a new album around March 2010. After completing the song ‘Nobody Knows’ she found herself writing a lot of songs she felt were worthy of an album. It was an incredibly creative period; once she started writing she couldn’t stop! What prompted this onrush of songwriting? Kat shares she was in a relationship that was ending and going through this time of transition led to a lot of creativity. “The title of the album ‘Way Down Low’ comes from the bottom of my heart.“ With an abundance of emerging material, to get her next album produced Kat turned to an unlikely source for funding, a funding platform for creative projects called Kickstarter. She says she was initially uncomfortable with the idea of pursuing funding in this manner. “It had to do with my pride; I wasn’t comfortable asking for money from my fan base.” But at the same time, she was leery of receiving funding from a source that might wish to become involved in the direction of her songwriting and singing. “I was wary of having an investor wanting to come into the studio, possibly pushing me in a direction that wasn’t true to me. I wasn’t comfortable with that - I knew what I wanted to produce.” In the end, she did get her funding through Kickstarter and it ended up being a great experience which resulted in her connecting with her fan base in a way she hadn’t before. It proved to be a good give and take situation in which each learned more about the other,
increasing her communication with her fans. She expected - hoped for - money to fund her album, but she got much more. Another unlikely source of support came from Lyle Lovett, who she had the opportunity to tour with and record two duets, including ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside.’ “I am completely honored that he called me to work with him and am moved every time I think about how he personally called me. I can’t describe what it’s been like to work with him, his work is legendary. I am incredibly grateful for the experience and the time with him. I learned a lot from him, about being an artist, about being true to yourself. Lyle exemplifies this, he is full of integrity.” Kat was writing songs for her new record while working with Lyle and found she was distraught over the songs, concerned with the question of how she could get it all to work together on one album. Lyle sensed she was feeling this way and provided assurance, encouraging her to follow her heart, “It’s you, your voice that connects all the songs.” When listening to Kat speak of Lyle, her high regard and appreciation for all he’s done to support her in the pursuit of her music is clearly evident.
To gauge whether a song is good she measures it with this question, ”Is it true?” If a song is true it finds a way to express an experience honestly. 15
House of Fifty magazine July/August 2012 issue