Kathyrn Hartnett (NSW)
With four older musical brothers Kathryn Hartnett had little choice but to
take up the acoustic guitar. Bass, drums and electric guitar were already
taken. Given her first guitar for her 9th birthday, Kathryn, the only girl,
became the songbird of the family band. Her brothers nurtured her fledgling
talent, encouraging and backing her as they played around Goulburn, NSW.
In high school, Kathryn was always writing songs and playing them and by the time she left, she knew where she was going. She enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Music and Cultural Studies, supporting herself by packing shelves at Woolies.
In that creative environment she blossomed further, fronting grunge band Fallen and playing solo along the East Coast. Her vitality is matched by her voice, spirited and above all, vital - she's always ecstatic to be on that stage. And despite her clear roots influences, her songs are not the laconic surf-shanties of a female Jack Johnson - think a more modest Lily Allen, if she could play guitar. Her love of Australian artists like Missy Higgins, The Waifs and Powderfinger have helped shape a distinctive voice and songwriting style.
When she supported Musicoz Artist of the Year Dallas Frasca in Queensland recently, Dallas was immediately taken by the raw talent she heard in this 20 year old and promptly booked her for more support slots. Kathryn's stark acoustic ballads have an intensity and a depth that will be firmly stamped on her self-titled debut EP, due for release early 2011 That'll be followed by a launch tour along the East coast of NSW and QLD, when the world will learn more about the quiet mystery of Kathryn Hartnett.
Apple of Desire EP (2011)
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