Singer-songwriter Katey Brooks’ unique sound epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Born and raised between Bristol, London and Arizona to musical parents, the Indie Award nominee is best described as a female Hozier, with all the haunting intensity and every bit of the soul.
Almost always on the road, Brooks is at home anywhere she can take her guitar. From the London 2012 Olympics to Glastonbury Festival, from WOMAD to recording at Abbey Road, Brooks’ “devastating vocal talent” (Just Music That I Like) has garnered her admirers from across the spectrum of the industry. Sharing the bill with acts like Newton Faulkner, Ghostpoet, Deaf Havana and Mystery Jets, KB has also leant her vocals to records which have included the likes of Paloma Faith, Imelda May, The Rolling Stones’ Bill Wyman, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd and Brian May.
Fast becoming a radio favourite, “not to be missed” (Time Out) Brooks’ music has been hailed on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6, and she’s recently been added to the Starbucks playlist worldwide. The haunting, ethereal sound of her latest I Fought Lovers EP is prelude to the sonic largesse of her upcoming record, as she finishes her much anticipated album We The People, set for release this year.
Having led a fascinating life with a vivid cast of characters, Brooks takes to the road often, to draw inspiration from the people she meets. The writing for We The People began in the chaos of London life, continuing on tour in the dusty expanse of Australia, and finding its completion on the side of a beautiful little mountain in the Welsh wilderness. Now under the wing of Abandon Music Group, Brooks has already packed in solo tours of Europe, Australia and Canada, and is currently rehearsing with her new band, ready to take the record out on the road with them later this year.
“Rising singer-songwriter had the crowd eating out of her hands…” The Independent
“A powerful performance that suggests we will be hearing a lot more of Ms Brooks.” Evening Standard
“We’d even compare it to the impact of Jeff Buckley” Supajam