Katie showed her passion and talent for singing at the very young age of 4, practicing every chance she could. At only 11 years old she was performing to growing crowds in her hometown of East Lyme, CT.
This promising singer faced an unthinkable choice at the age of 16 which would forever change her life. After suffering from shortness of breath and her extremities falling asleep randomly, doctors told her she needed open-heart surgery to correct an undetected heart condition which she had lived with since birth. Without the surgery she was told she might not live to see the age of 30. If she chose the surgery, she may never be able to sing again, as the breathing tubes required during surgery could cause irreparable damage to her larynx. Without hesitation, Katie looked the doctor in the eye and said “I would rather sing for the next 13 years than to live and never sing again.”
Seeing her resolve, the doctors agreed to use infant breathing tubes to minimize the risks to her beautiful voice and were successful in repairing her heart. This experience will forever shape her outlook on life, and give her a sense of purpose and passion which she brings to her vocal performance.
With her renewed lease on life, Katie lets nothing stand in the way of her dreams. She has already recorded two albums, and was accepted as a member of The Recording Academy, (host of The Grammy Awards). She attended Berklee College of Music, absorbing valuable information during her studies, and has worked with some amazing music industry talent such as GRAMMY award winning engineer Joel Soyffer and celebrity vocal coach J Chris Griffin (coach to the likes of Madonna, Janet Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and other industry greats.) Katie has graced the stage at major venues in the New England area, including the Connecticut XL Center, The Big E! and Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
As her passion and talent have grown, the nominations and awards have followed. Katie won First Place at the 2006 USA World Showcase, and was nominated and in the final running for GRAMMY Gig of a Lifetime, associated with CBS. She was a finalist for the Katie Couric Blackbird Studios Contest and was nominated for Country Act of the Year for the 2013 New England Music Awards, for 2014 Country Act of the Year for the International Music and Entertainment Association Awards, and for 2014 Female Country Artist of the Year for the Limelight Magazine Music Awards. All nominees for the Limelight Music awards are decided by the public based on the nominees impact in the music community.
Katie is currently working on her third album in the studio with Producer/Engineer and Grammy voting member Brian Sargent. The new single to be released in June titled “Take My Hand” is backed by drummer Ben Sesar (Brad Paisley), Andy Hall on dobro (Zac Brown, Dolly Parton, Infamous Stringdusters), and Brian Sargent on upright bass, mandolin, acoustic guitar and backing vocals.
Katie’s soulful, crystal-clear vocals have been compared to Allison Krauss, Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert. Her captivating voice has grabbed the attention of a rapidly growing fanbase. Katie Perkins is a passionate vocalist as well as an unstoppable and driven artist whose powerful live performance should not be missed.