I don’t normally do this; but I'm going to tell you about a new singer I've just discovered who hasn't even released her debut album yet – Katie Cole.
Born in Melbourne, Australia the effervescent Katie now resides in Los Angeles where she writes and regularly plays. Here’s the kicker - in my humble opinion, Katie’s is on the cusp of becoming the ‘next big thing’ in Nu-Country.
The singer did what all good musicians do and that was to learn her trade in the pubs and clubs and; from what I understand, if you can survive the clubs of down-town Melbourne on a Saturday night you can survive an audience anywhere in the World and Katie successfully played those bars for years.
I was initially given a copy of her new album to review, but had it withdrawn at the last moment, as the release date in the UK is now early 2013; which beggar’s belief as Katie and her music are absolutely perfect for radio play NOW!
My musical taste is very broad but I've always had a soft spot for female Country singers who can belt out a tune; and Ms Cole can do that as well as just about anyone I've heard in the last ten years. When the album does get released she will (sadly) draw comparisons with Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift; but to me there are a lot more elements of Reba, Faith and Martina in the way she ‘sells’ a song, to my ears as it just contains the right amount ‘edge’ to it to make her songs sound like they come from the heart rather than the bank balance. .
Obviously ‘easy on the eye’ Katie will capture many peoples attention in 2013 but it will be her songs and delivery that will give her a long career because both are outstanding in a very mediocre market place.
The other thing that will draw attention to the album will be the track that features a certain Mr. Kris Kristofferson on vocals. I'm not allowed to even name that track but; trust me – it’s a keeper!
What you can hear in the near future will be the single I Can’t Wait which will be released in late October across Europe and has the potential to bring quality Country Music to the National airwaves; which is something I've secretly been praying for, for a long time now.
As a musical snob, it's rare for me to really like any of this new batch of young Country Singers, but Katie Cole really is something special.