Interview with Katha Harris

Photograph By: Charlie VanDresser.
Paint The Town Redheaded”! That, my friends, is the feature track and the title of Katha Harris' new EP. This EP is the fiery redhead’s sophomore album. The songs are personal and soulful with a dash of spice. This Texan native country girl, who has moved to the city of Nashville, is passionate about music and adventure. Katha is Americana country at its best and she's unafraid of being expressive through her music. I would describe Katha’s music as strong. This seems to be obvious when you look at just who Katha is. She has spent much of this year touring as an independent female artist, much of the time just her and a guitar. Katha holds her own in this crazy business of music and she is absolutely writing her own story. Hers just happens to be in the form of fiery lyrics and red hot melodies.

Katha was kind enough to grant me an interview, so check out what she has to say about her life, what inspires her, and who she is listening to.

Q: When in your life did you know you wanted to be a songwriter/artist?
A: I always remember wanting to sing. I used to sing along to Reba and pretend to be her as a child, though I was oblivious to the concept of songwriting at the time.

Q:  Where do you draw your inspiration from?
A: Life, personal experience, anywhere I can find it!

Q:  Are you originally from Nashville?
A: Texas

Q;  What is your favorite song that you have composed so far?
A: Hmmmm, that's hard. I like different songs for different reasons. Probably which ever is the newest at the time lol.

Q:  What is on your personal playlist right now?
A: Making playlists is hard for me, I can never decide what to put in them! What I listen to is so much dependent on my mood. Maybe that's it, maybe I should make "mood" playlists haha.

Q:  What Indie musician are you a big fan of?
A: Oh man, I can't pick one! I've been listening to a lot of David Ramirez lately. I LOVE Sean McConnell, Lori McKenna, Patty Griffin, Ray Wylie Hubbard, though some of those may not be considered indie, they aren't usually considered mainstream.

Q:  What does the word music mean to you?
A: Music is life to me. I can't imagine growing up and not having music as an emotional support system.

Q:  How important do you think music is in the public school system?
A: I think music is extremely important in school. Whether a child wants to pursue music in the future or not is not really the point, but that it exercises a different part of the brain. In order to have well rounded kids that grown into well rounded adults, I think it's essential to stimulate their brain from every angle.

Q:  What is the name of your new album? Tell us a little about it?
A: The album is called 'Paint The Town Redheaded' which is also the title track. The longer I do this and the more I put myself out there, I think I'm getting closer and closer to who I am as a person and an artist. 'Paint The Town Redheaded' is definitely on the right track.

Q:  What is your favorite part of recording and working on a new album?
A: Working with expert musicians. I enjoy seeing their reactions the first time they hear a song and seeing how they react to it and musically interpret it. I typically play acoustic, so when you add all these other elements to it, it really makes the song come alive, and it's so cool to witness!

Q:  What is the most memorable thing a fan has said to you?
A: It's really hard to remember exactly what someone has said. In Nashville, you're bombarded with music in every direction, so I don't think people are always paying attention so to speak. That being said, compliments are really hard to come by in Nashville, so if someone has one, I relish in it.

Q: Is the music industry worth all the hard work you put into it?
A: If you could separate those two words, I'd said music-yes, industry-totally, completely irritatingly frustrating.

Q:  What advice would you give a young person chasing after their own dreams?
A: Do it. Do it while you're young and reckless and still can. And even when you're older and your priorities change, never give up.

Q:  How did you go about choosing songs for the new album?
A: Oh man, it's so hard! As I mentioned earlier, I like each song for a different reason; the trick is a) determining how many you can actually afford to record and b) picking out a set that really encapsulates you as an artist. It's tricky, tricky, tricky (and yes the melody to that song is playing in my head as I say that).

Q:  If you could write with anyone out there who would that be and Why?
A: I don't even know how to answer that. There are many people I'd piss myself over if I could write with them. Any singer/songwriter that I listen to a lot, is one that I'd love to write with. See aforementioned list lol.

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