“Katy Vernon has done something it’s not easy to do: sustain country roots, go pop, and be distinctly original at the same time.”
“her new single, “Pearl,” is a nicely heavy, melancholy tune with slatherings of nifty synth sounds and a magnificent melody that doesn’t half remind me of Lily Allen meeting Noel Gallagher in a dark alley with a neat little wordless hook that’ll sound magnificent all over the radio.”
Who is Katy Vernon?
Singer of sad songs on a happy instrument!!
Katy Vernon is a Minneapolis / St. Paul based singer songwriter. She grew up in London, England and has been writing and singing as long as she can remember. it’s been the way she can get out some pretty serious personal notes about the loss of both her mother and father when she was a child.
“After my mom passed away, it became a more serious outlet for me. Instead of journaling, I would write songs,” Vernon said. “You either want to scream or you just want to sing.”
She moved to the US after meeting her future American husband on a train from Amsterdam to Berlin.
In 2010 Katy picked up a ukulele and this led to a whole new direction for her writing and performing. Katy’s heartfelt lyrics add a weight and poignancy to this happy little instrument. “I’m a singer of sad songs on a happy instrument,”
Katy Vernon performs reguarly at venues such as the Aster Cafe (Which sold out for her Third Annual Uke-Fest!), The Amsterdam Bar, 331 Club, Icehouse, and Lee’s Liquor Lounge. She has also been featured at The Guthrie, The Cowles Center with the James Sewell Ballet, and even the Fitzgerald Theater with Garrison Keillor!
Katy also enjoys playing outdoor shows and benefits.
New full length record ‘PRESENT’ coming this Fall..
“Before I Forget“. Full length Debut
Past music: As lead singer for the group ‘The Camdens’, Katy played all over the Twin Cities. She was also nominated for a Minnesota Music Award for her song ‘Invitation’ which was competing for Song Of The Year. Limited Quantities of ‘Halfway Around the World’ by The Camdens available at shows (If you know the special handshake!)
Recently featured on WCCO News: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/11/15/women-who-rock-katy-vernon
& MPR News.. http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/03/ukulele
Also: TPT Almanac http://video.tpt.org/video/2279389099/
Please “like” www.facebook.com/katyvernonmusic to keep in touch. I hope to hear from you. Thanks, Katy.