“…So if you’re gonna do it, do it well. If you’re too scared, then you can bail. Go Big Or Go Home!” Not only the lyrics from a song co-written by Katie Austin, but a motto that she has always lived by no matter what she finds herself up against. This “Give it all you got” persona has led Katie to numerous career accomplishments in a short span of time.
Katie’s up-bringing involved many dance, theatre, acting, modeling and voice lessons, which was extremely helpful in preparing her future as a well-rounded professional entertainer. Competitions, talent shows, festivals and honkytonks are where she spent most of her younger years. Even as a teenager, she was lucky enough to have a song she recorded featured on the ABC soap opera, General Hospital. Shortly after, she left her hometown of Ponchatoula, Louisiana to head for the big city lights of Nashville. Only twenty at the time, but strong-willed and independent, Katie did all she could to start networking and learning the inner workings of the music business.
Briefly after the move to Nashville, Katie was offered a permanent spot headlining in “Cowboy’s Dance Hall” venues located across the great state of Texas. For two years, she performed in front of thousands of two-stepping, beer drinking Texans and gained experience that every performer hopes for. She had the pleasure of opening for artists such as Joe Nichols, Rodney Atkins, Big & Rich, Chris Young and many more.
While performing in Texas, Katie’s talent caught the eye of country music stars Collin Raye and John Rich. Both of them encouraged Katie to return to Nashville to reconnect with writers, producers, and music executives. Since returning to Nashville in 2008, she has performed at the “Get Rich Talent Contest” hosted by John Rich, and has made appearances at several writers’ rounds around town and placed second in a Battle of the Bands at The Tin Roof.
On April 21, 2011, the Katie Austin Band headed to Galveston, Texas to begin a five month gig on the Carnival Ecstasy Cruise Ship where they perform for thousands of passengers each week and have gained many new fans along the way!