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by Katrina Bishop

A Singer-Songwriter buffet of catchy hooks and odd ideas with flavours of Pop, Funk, Latin, Rock, Country and old-fashioned piano ballads, all tied together with generous harmonies, well-crafted arrangements and stellar musicianship.
Genre: Easy Listening: Adult contemporary
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1. Wine and Cheese
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2. Reassure Me
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3. Giddy Up
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4. Done with You
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5. It's the Little Things
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6. Rocket Launch
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7. Knock Down Dirty Fight
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8. Hey Hey
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9. Invisible
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10. Hopscotch
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Album Notes
Katrina Bishop is a singer-songwriter who likes to write about pretty much anything, using any musical element that seems like a good idea at the time.

A big fan of catchy Pop music, Katrina also has a self-professed "short musical attention span" and delights in throwing in unexpected shout-outs to her background in Musical Theatre, Rock, A Cappella, Celtic, Funk and, yes, a little bit of Country. Her lyrics explore an equally diverse sampling from her everyday life, both the "big ideas" (love, loss, politics) and the seemingly mundane (housework, mathematics, sociopaths).

Katrina's new CD, 'Hopscotch' (January 2018), was recorded and mixed at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver by Jamey Koch (Tragically Hip, Ron Sexsmith) and mastered at Sterling Sound in New York by Greg Calbi (John Mayer, Norah Jones). 'Hopscotch' features drummer Pat Steward (Bryan Adams, Matthew Good), bassist Jamey Koch (Jann Arden), guitarist Tony Koch (Tony Koch and the AltNews Band) and Synthesizer maestro John Webster (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi). The songs give full rein to Katrina's love of vocal harmonies, and present a cross-section of musical and lyrical ideas that play with familiar ingredients in sometimes unexpected ways.

Early in her musical life, Katrina tagged along with her mother to perform in musical theatre productions almost every weekend from age eight to sixteen. She landed lead roles in high school and university productions, and later at CentreStage Theatre. She worked in dinner theatre on PEI, then left the Celtic influences of the East Coast to take the intensive contemporary music program at Vancouver Community College, where she earned a full scholarship and graduated at the top of her class.

During her years in Vancouver, Katrina was the lead singer with the popular nine-piece Funk band Rumplesteelskin, she attended the Banff Summer Jazz Workshop (also on full scholarship), and was recruited to be the new Alto for the professional a cappella quartet 'The 4-Tunes', which later became WAG. This group performed hundreds of shows for schools and communities throughout BC and released two CDs, the most recent in 2013. WAG toured Nova Scotia in 2016, and continues to perform in the Vancouver area.

Katrina's first solo CD, 'Runaway Lane' (2001), was played on CBC radio and in countries such as Japan, Germany, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Belgium and the UK. It was reviewed by Canadian Musician Magazine ("Bishop makes a strong first move with this diverse and alluring debut") and The Vancouver Sun ("Blessed with a clear, strong voice and capable of writing words and music that resonate, Bishop has the complete package") along with several online music review columns, including the Muse's Muse ("Bishop has a gorgeous voice, which plays storyteller through 10 very interesting songs. Boy does she know how to write a hook too.").

Her song 'Good Night For Stars' won first place in the World Music category of the Unisong International Song Contest, and runner-up in the Jazz category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She undertook two Canadian tours in support of the CD, which included a spot singing for Bluebird North in Vancouver, hosted by Jane Siberry.

Katrina took a big step back from her music career to start a family in 2003, but during the ensuing years the song ideas kept coming. She found that full-on motherhood was an excellent song editor, not allowing the time or the patience for any ideas that didn't immediately make her laugh, messy-cry or think way too much. And since she wasn't performing at the time and had only herself to entertain, she developed the habit of changing or discarding any songwriting rules that got in the way of her own amusement.

Returning to public performance with many new songs and a rejuvenated approach to writing, Katrina is having more fun than ever. With the release of 'Hopscotch', she's truly throwing her hat back in the ring.



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