Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Interview with Recording Artist, Katey Laurel “Be yourself. It’s Who You Are Best at Being!”

Please tell us about yourself and what you do?

I guess I consider myself a troubadour, storyteller, writer, singer and performing/recording artist. I have songs to write and people to share them with, and that’s what motivates me in the morning. I grew up in the mountains of Northwest Colorado reading, painting and riding horses, and that is what I’d like to eventually end up doing again at the end of my life somewhere remote.

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Can you tell us a bit about any upcoming projects or events that you are working on?

Right now I’m coming off a few years of hard work funding, recording and releasing my latest album “Periscope”, so I am taking a break and doing a lot of writing this fall. I have a goal to finish 30 new songs in the next three months.

Do you find the pressures of working in your industry significant with regard to feeling the need to have a “perfect” body?  If so, how do you navigate through that terrain?  How do you “not” judge yourself when others (critics, audience members, producers, etc.) “judge” you based on outward measures?

I do feel like image is very important in the music industry, but I try not to obsess about having a perfect “anything” since I don’t really believe perfection is something we can humanly attain in this life no matter how hard we try. I do strive to eat right, get enough water and rest and stay healthy, because feeling good really helps me perform my best, so that is my motivation!

To follow up with that question, how do you deal with bullying or people talking negative about you? Can you give any examples of bullying in your personal life and how you handled it?

I’m sorry to say that almost everyone encounters bullying at some time in their lives, whether it is in school or out in the real world later. People can be so cruel, but just remember that a bully most likely has some combination of pride and low self-esteem that causes them to behave the way they do, and it’s THEIR problem, not yours! Some can even change when shown love rather than hatred!  In my position, occasionally I have trolls or people who say mean things online, and it hurts even if I don’t know who they are! I have to remember that I’m doing the best I can on my journey, give other people the same grace, and say a prayer for that hurting person who has the need to constantly cut others down. Then I feel better and move forward.

Who were the role models in your life?

My role models were parents, my art teacher, band director and high school basketball coach, many of my early school teachers, several of my favorite college professors, and the pastor of my church when I was growing up. There’s so much to learn from so many different people! As I’ve made my way in the world, some of my favorite artists and successful folks I’ve met along the way have been very influential to me as well, especially the ones who take time to connect with those “below” them once they’ve succeeded.

What do you define as beautiful?

Confidence, love, grace and forgiveness.

How do you define inner beauty?

Inner beauty is the moral character that someone has developed, and that person is not afraid to be who they are and operate by the rules they see best in this world no matter what the obstacles facing them are.

What is happiness?

Happiness is finding a way to truly enjoy being content in the moments of your life…putting the journey rather than the destination first.

Would you be willing to take the Real Deal pledge?  Thoughts about that? (http://wearetherealdeal.com/about/the-real-deal-pledge/)

A resounding YES to the pledge!!

How do you manage your stress levels in daily life?  Do you use music / art / dance, etc. as a coping tool?  Are there other things that you do to live mindfully?

Meditation and prayer, exercise, eating well and balancing a healthy schedule of personal time and work are important things I do for myself to manage my stress levels.

How do you find a work-life balance — as a woman, relationships, a professional — what are keys to balance?

Keys to balance are making sure you schedule in time for your primary relationship(s) and time for yourself because they are equally important to work. We tend to place our time where our priorities are, so why not place our time in our loved ones and ourselves?

Other thoughts / reflections?

Be yourself.  It’s who you are best at being!

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Denver-based Folk-pop songstress Katey Laurel grew up drawing pictures, writing stories, riding horses and playing in the woods in the Colorado mountains. This is the idyllic foundation from which she crafts her life and her music. Katey’s songs range from radio-friendly pop tunes to lush, cinematic songs for film and television. With background in Classical piano and French horn as well as guitar and voice, her artistic roots are both deep and diverse. Laurel draws her musical inspiration as a songwriter from many musical styles including bluegrass, classic rock, alternative, country, and even 80s dance-pop.

Katey has performed hundreds of shows via venues, radio, television stations and festivals in Colorado and around the US, including Hotel Cafe (LA), The Bitter End (NYC), Bluebird Cafe (Nashville), Hard Rock Café Denver and Nashville, Colorado State Fair and the Greeley Stampede. She has built a solid fan base with her unique voice and a satisfying blend of folk and pop, garnering airplay on Triple A and AC radio stations around the country including KALC, KMNT, KBCO, KFMU and KOTO.

As a live performer, she has shared the stage with Howie Day, Bill Mallonee, Katie Herzig, Matt Morris, Trevor Hall and others. With her new album “Periscope” produced by industry veteran Warren Huart, Katey Laurel is now poised to reach an even larger audience in the days ahead.

Walnut Valley Festival New Song Winner

Tucson Folk Festival National Finalist

Great American Song Contest Finalist

Mountain Stage NewSong Southwest Regional Finalist

Texaco Country Showdown Southwest Regional Finalist

International Songwriting Competition Semi-Finalist

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