Katie Moore is an uncompromising songstress whose haunting music defies quick categorization; it lies somewhere in the no-man’s-land between folk, soul, bluegrass, and Americana. Built around a persuasive simplicity, each song is anchored by her voice. I often get asked how long I have been singing for, and I don’t know how to answer that, says Katie. How long have you been breathing? It’s just a natural thing I do. I love it. That much is obvious—enchanting, earthy, pure, real, open; these are some of its descriptors.
Katie casts her vocal anchor into a sea of lush and playful instrumentation. The musicians that perform and record with her include some of Montreal’s finest: Warren C. Spicer and Matthew Woodley (Plants and Animals), Josh Dolgin (Socalled), Chilly Gonzales, Joe Grass, David Payant (Silver Mt. Zion), and Mike O’Brien. She and her troupe of instrument toting friends have performed at SXSW, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Hillside Music Fest, Festival de la Musique Émergente Dawson City Music Fest, and Pop Montreal.
Her collaborations swing both ways. Renowned artists have sought Katie’s natural, effortless timbre out as accompaniment. Highlights include Feist, Patrick Watson, Chilly Gonzales, Plants and Animals, and Socalled.
The debut solo recording, Only Thing Worse (Borealis, 2007), is a collection of mostly original songs produced by Warren C. Spicer. The album ties together all of Katie’s influences – from old-time country and bluegrass to folk and indie-rock. Only Thing Worse was nominated for Quebec’s GAMIQ Awards, a MIMI (Montreal Independent Music Initiative) Award, and has held a steady place on College radio charts. The original song Rush Enough was nominated for SOCAN’s ECHO Songwriting Prize.
Katie’s sophomore solo recording, Montebello was released February 1, 2011 on the artists own label, Purple Cat Records, after a successful Kickstarter.com campaign to raise the money to do it right. Recorded and mixed at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango and Treatment Room, Montebello layers 1970’s soul influences and lush instrumentation into Katie’s Americana/Folk sound. The single Wake Up Like This won the 2011 SOCAN ECHO Songwriting Prize, beating out Arcade Fire, Austra, Handsome Furs and PS I Love You. Montebello has been nominated for Quebec’s GAMIQ Awards for Folk/Country Album of the Year and Katie Moore has been nominated for Songwriter of the Year (winners to be announced on November 13, 2011).
Mention Katie Moore to anyone who’s heard her and he or she will likely exclaim: The voice of an angel! Amid the songwriting, recording, touring and collaborations, Katie Moore has a song or two coming your way.
Moore has the voice to make devils want to be good, even though they really, really can't.
Moore is one of Montreal's underappreciated treasures. She sings classic country music updated with an arrestingly person touch, and with a voice -- what a voice -- that holds the whoe world in its hands.
T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette
If there was an indyish rating system, Katie Moore would get and 11/10
Solar Dog Records
Creaky Roots balladry and perfectly weathered torch songs
Moore's voice is one of a kind -- a sort of angelic call in the stormy and emotional wilderness that is country music
There are moments when Katie Moore sings that make it easy to understand what it must have been like to accidentally stumble in on Joni Mitchell in some dive bar.