Kat McKenzie | Hiding

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by Kat McKenzie

A soulful and often haunting blend of pop and rock.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hiding
2:59 $0.99
2. Bright
4:43 $0.99
3. Find the Light
3:25 $0.99
4. Break Your Heart
4:53 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Born and raised in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, Kat's parents discovered her voice at age 5, at an amateur musical audition originally intended just for her siblings. "I stood up with the rest of the kids and belted 'The Rainbow Connection' and ended up with a solo!" she laughs, "My mother was surprised to say the least."
But it wasn't until she landed a lead role in NZ's professional tour of 'The Secret Garden' that she decided performing was the life for her. "I'd considered it and thought about it, but I was so young at the time that I didn't really seriously think I could do it."

But so far, she has. 18 successful years and many appearances later, the resume is impressive. While the experience was stacking up in NZ, she really hoped to go International. "I'm really proud of my country and where we have come. Peter Jackson has really paved the way for other Kiwis to get out into the world and get known."

Kat started writing her own songs at the age of 13. Most of her material is composed on piano because although over the last few years she has been teaching herself guitar, her piano is really her 'home' instrument.

She started learning to play at 7 but at around age 12 was bored with the classics and started desiring a different style to play. She eventually quit piano at 16 to play just for pleasure. She says this was definitely better for her and lead her to explore the piano herself so much more. "My first ever composition was an instrumental piece that my Dad said sounded like 'High Hopes' by Pink Floyd. Ever since that day that's been one of my favourite songs!"

After living in Scotland for over 3 years, Kat has become a regular on the acoustic circuit, as well as venturing back into Musical Theatre shows in the Edinburgh Fringe. "Wherever I am, as long as I'm performing, writing and singing, I'll be happy."



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The Asiatic League

A mesmerising debut!
The four songs on Kat McKenzie's debut EP show off her versatility as a promising vocalist and composer. Opening track Hiding immediately grabs the listener’s attention with its pounding piano riff and allows Kat to deliver a dramatic rock vocal. Bright is a more mid-tempo affair with life-affirming lyrics. In a perfect world, Find the Light and its catchy chorus would be all over radio, but for now it’s a treasure waiting to be discovered on this EP. Closing track Break Your Heart is a plaintive ballad featuring just Kat and her piano. A taste of things to come… Highly reccommended for fans of Sarah McLachlan, Sarah Slean and Rachael Yamagata.