Katie’s distinct musical style is rooted in her Scottish ancestry. Her music is a unique blend of angelic vocals, accompanied by her Scottish folk harp, known as the Clarsach. She performs songs not only from her own Celtic homeland, but also from many other different cultures and musical genres. She writes and records her own compositions and arranges classic favourites for her shows, touring extensively across the globe. She also takes time out in southern France to work in the alternative world of electronic dance music.
A Princes’ Trust Ambassador, Katie performed in Scotland at the Opening of Scottish Parliament in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, for JK Rowling at the launch of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince at Edinburgh Castle and aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia on many occasions. Katie became the winner of the UK Songwriting Contest in 2007 and was awarded Music and Culture Icon for Scotland 2004. Her highly acclaimed musical interpretations and compositions culminated in her 6th CD, Imaginary Friend, released in 2008.
Now resident in Hong Kong, Katie’s recent performances include The Great Hall in Beijing’s Forbidden City, Shanghai Expo, The Irish President’s visit to Beijing in June 2010, The First Minister of Scotland’s ministerial tour of China in 2010 and 2009 and the British Prime Minister and the British Gold Medallists Official Reception at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
In 2009 Katie wrote and recorded a charity song called Day by Day, 《新的未来》 in English and Mandarin to raise money and awareness for the Sichuan earthquake survivors one year on. Sponsored by Heng An Standard Life, Day by Day was launched at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Beijing and then later performed by Katie for schoolchildren at the epicentre of the earthquake in Sichuan where Katie donated over 200 musical instruments and books to the children with the monies raised. The song has also gone on to raise money for the survivors of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the Japanese earthquake in 2011.
As a leading light in Scottish and International music, Katie has played for many other well known figures such as The British Royal Family, The Malaysian Royal Family, Sir Donald Tsang, Sir Sean Connery, Sir Jackie Stewart, Sir David Tang, Sir Richard Branson and Sir Alex Ferguson.
Katie is also a talented Master of Ceremonies, having hosted many international events for Prince of Wales Princes’ Trust, The Marie Curie Cancer Foundation, Sierra PMC, The British Embassies worldwide and numerous private celebrations. Her MA in Modern and Medieval Languages from Oxford University enables her to not only present in English but also in Mandarin, Spanish, German and French.
Corporate Clients include:
Phoenix Television, Dell, Chaumet, Harvey Nichols, Fortnum and Mason, Aston Martin, Rolls-Royce, Volkswagen, La Mer, The Waldorf Astoria, The Peninsula, YTL, De Vere, Westin and Four Seasons’ hotel groups, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Life, Historic Scotland, VisitBritain, VisitScotland, The UK National Trust and Historic Scotland
You can visit her personal website at www.kt-a.com