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Meet Katharine Hudson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Katharine Hudson.

Hi Katharine, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
My music is my history. I began singing before I was five years old, and have never stopped. Every time I get to perform, I’m reminded of those that I love.

My mother, a talented musician and singer, introduced me to folk, bluegrass, soul, and blues. Her rich alto voice always inspired me to take up space, and never be afraid to be heard. She held my hand and brought me on stage with her from the time I little and encouraged me through my stage fright. She still has some of the first songs I ever wrote, scribbled in childish handwriting and tucked away in scrapbooks and her old guitar case.

My father is a music lover with a truly wonderful ear, and always made sure everyone knew that his little girl knew real country songs. I have some very distinct memories of him holding my hand as I climbed up on the hood of his jeep while we were trail riding, and handing me the CB radio to sing into for everyone to hear. I’ve requested my inheritance from him be the huge radio sitting in his shop that he bought sometime in the early 80s. It’s been tuned to the same classic rock stations since then, and like he says, has never stopped playing good music. Those were the songs of my childhood, the southern rock, the outlaw country.

I was gifted a guitar for my 16th birthday, just like my mother. Creating music has gotten me through some of the most difficult moments of my life and connected me to my home and family through the uncertainty of my life. And I could not be more thankful.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
It has not been a smooth road, I don’t think it ever is for anyone. After high school, I moved out of my parent’s house as soon as possible and hit the road for the big city. What I didn’t anticipate as that young, bright-eyed girl crossing the county line, was that all good things must be fought for. Due to a mental health crisis, I lost my full ride scholarship to college after just one semester, and quickly found myself working three jobs to support myself. I used my music as an outlet through those times when I couldn’t express to anyone else what I was feeling. That’s been a few years ago now and it’s not been easy. I worked third shift to pay my way through school, and just graduated in May this year with my Bachelor’s. Just a few short months later I released my debut single, and I’m currently prepping my second release and upcoming EP. I’ve been very blessed with the opportunities I’ve been given.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a Singer and Songwriting, specializing in Country and Southern Rock music. I have strong influences from Appalachian bluegrass, Soul, and Classic rock, which makes for a really great blend. I love telling stories with my work, and using strong imagery infused with melody to transport the listener into a time and place with me. This storytelling style and a good haunting chord progression are trademarks of my songs.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
I would be nowhere without the people who have supported me, as such, I am obligated to do everything in my power to support others. So that we’ll all will be a little better off.

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