Sunday, 25 November, 2007 12:03 PM
CMA New Artist Spotlight: Katie
BY ANGELA O'HEERON
River recording artist Katie Armiger.
2007 CMA Close Up News Service
There's a history in
Country Music of young singers with big voices making high-impact
debuts. Some of them linger and grow through the years; others fade
as the novelty of youth subsides. But all indications are that Katie
Armiger is about to make a major splash and then keep making waves
for years to come.
Just 16 years old, Armiger
made herself heard two years ago by winning the title "Houston's
Best Country Singer" in a competition sponsored by KKBQ/Houston.
Her prize included an opportunity to cut a two-song demo in Nashville,
with Mark Oliverius at the controls. He heard something exceptional
in Armiger's throaty, heartfelt delivery.
That's all it took to
expand his plans into producing her first full-length album.
bristles with strong material, including seven tunes that she co-wrote.
Typical is the slammin', medium-tempo "Hard Road." With
its catchy chorus and swaggering groove, this track flaunts her
writing chops - but her singing identifies her instincts for performance.
She tackles the reflective lyrics with confidence yet holds just
enough back to contrast with the guitar's aggressive riffs.
After pulling straight
A's at Austin High School in Sugar Land, near Houston, Armiger has
committed herself to a long radio tour as the first step toward
chasing her dream. Katie Armiger has given her good position
to begin that race at full-speed.
IN HER OWN WORDS:
Who is your dream
"Tim McGraw. He has such a great gift for picking good songs."
Who is your musical
"Martina McBride. She is an amazing singer with such a powerful
What CD is on your
"Dierks Bentley's Long Trip Alone."
If you wrote an autobiography,
what would the title be?
What is your pet
"Waking up early. I'm not a morning person."
What moment in your
life would you relive if you could?
"The last time I saw my grandfather. He was my biggest fan
and I miss him very much."
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