Alt-country singer-songwriter Katie Thompson releases her third studio album, Bittersweet on Friday, September 6, with two celebratory showcases.
The album launches at Christchurch’s Pegasus Arms tomorrow (September 6) and the following day in her hometown at Hokitika's Regent Theatre.
This time around, Katie, who has opened for Sir Elton John, touches on links between her own childhood experiences and those of her young daughter, and explores connections to the land and landscapes.
Teaming up with award-winning producer Ben Edwards, the album was recorded at The Sitting Room in Lyttelton over a three-week period that included collaborations with other local musicians.
“I’ve definitely lived a life since I wrote the songs for Impossible,” Katie says of her approach to the third album. “I was young and pretty naive when I recorded that album, with few real experiences to talk about. Life has happened since, good and bad, and this new album reflects just that. It Ain’t Easy, as the last track says.”
Katie was first introduced to fans with her 2009 debut Tall Poppy, and her talent was recognised by Global Rockstar. The West Coast native flew to Vienna to write and record with other artists around the world, and she played the Woodstock Hotel on numerous occasions. Katie soon completed her album line-up with her second release Impossible and then a follow-up EP.
For more information, visit www.katiethompson.co.nz