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|Born||January 19, 1987 (age 29)
|Occupation||Singer - songwriter|
|Years active||1989 - present|
Kata Hay (prononuced KAY-tuh) was born in 1987 in Oklahoma and started singing at age two. Contestant on Team Christina Aguilera "The Voice" 2016.She has performed with Blake Shelton, Dolly Parton, and others. She met her ex-husband when she was 18 but they later separated and Hay now is single. Her blind audition features her singing "Redneck Woman". Christina Aguilera kissed her in order to get her to join her team.
Hay's music career started off in beauty pageants. Hay was inspired by watching a friend sing in the talent category of a local beauty pageant, and wanted to enter one herself. Hay's father agreed to pay the $50 entrance fee. "I think he did it because he thought that a 2-year-old had no idea what she wanted to do, and that I would get up there and embarrass myself and that would be the end of it." She won the pageant and went to Georgia for the finals.
Hay started performing at local Opry's, Fairs and Talent Shows, until one of the talent shows she entered sent out videos of all of the entries to Ed McMahon's Star Search. Star Search picked two contestants to appear on their show — one of which was Hay. She went on to receive two perfect scores, and defeated challenger Justin Timberlake. Hay won the grand prize in the 12 & Under Category, and became the youngest person ever to win Star Search.
At 10 yrs old Kata appeared in the independent film "Oklahoma Faded Love". She sang "Crazy" by Patsy Cline, and played the lead character as a child. She also appeared in several regional commercials, in 2 Willie George Ministries short films and recorded voice overs for KVOO-FM.
At 13, Hay's music made a switch to western swing. In 2000 She heard they were holding a Patsy Montana music festival in Arkansas and decided to attend. She entered the Patsy Montana National Yodeling Championship, never having yodeled in public before — and was named as the Champion. Montana's biographer, Jane Frost, said of Hay that day: "She stepped up to the microphone... and smiled like the pixie we knew as Patsy; as Kata strummed her guitar and sang 'I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart' we knew the music, the life and the career... of Patsy Montana would live on." She traveled the US representing Montana's music the following year and was a featured artist of Fan Fair 2000. The next five years were spent playing the western music circuit. Hay recorded three CDs during her western music years, one of which, Cowboys, Guitars, and a Lil Bit of Swing, made it to the No. 1 spot on the Western Music Charts. Two of Hay's original songs made it in the top 5 as singles off the same album. In 2004, and 2005 Hay toured Australia.
In 2005 Hay was hired as a performer at one of the music theaters in the Pigeon Forge music scene. That is where she met her ex-husband Robbie Helton. After one year at the theater, Hay and Helton decided to leave the theater, to pursue their own original music. They formed the band Kata & The Blaze and started writing new material for a debut album. In 2007 Kata & The Blaze released "Reckless" on iTunes, and sold thousands of copies across the US, Europe, and Australia. They released an even more successful follow up EP "Remember That Summer" in 2009. In 2007, Hay and Helton also founded the band The Grassabillies (Bluegrass/Rock Fusion Band), and released their debut album "Here Come The Grassabillies" on iTunes in early 2009. They both became featured entertainers at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in 2008.
In 2008, Hay began posting music videos on video sharing website YouTube. When a video of Hay performing "Hey Stephen" by Taylor Swift was chosen and featured by Swift herself on her website, viewer response attracted worldwide recognition within weeks. Hay's subscribers jumped in less than a month from under 300, to over 3,000.
In late 2009, Hay and Helton decided to quit their steady gig at the Dixie Stampede and take a risk at making a living playing their own music full-time.
2009 doubled Hay's YouTube subscriber base (6000+) and video views (1,000,000) as she continued to post videos of her original and cover songs.
Hay's song "Western Way", off of her album "Cowboys, Guitars, and a Lil Bit Of Swing" was featured in the 2010 romantic comedy, Coyote County Loser in the opening scene.
In August 2010, Lisa Lavie hosted an "ANGEL COVER CONTEST" on her YouTube channel, asking YouTubers to submit their version of her song Angel. Lisa chose Kata's cover in the top 3, and sent Kata a brand new Xacti Sanyo Video Camera as a prize. Lisa said "I love Kat's country twanginess, I LOVED her video!". That same month she was also won the honor of co-writing a song with Kina Grannis along with 3 other YouTubers (Brent Morgan, Kate McGill, and Nicole).
While on business in Los Angeles in October 2010 Kata attended the taping of several TV shows. Once Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Jay Leno Show found out Kata was in the crowd, she was called up on stage to yodel as pre-show entertainment. Kata also will appear on an episode of Let's Make A Deal with Wayne Brady which is due to air in March 2011.
January 2011 Kata was announced as a finalist in the international search for the next Shake Weight Jingle. Eventually landing in the 3rd spot on the contest, she was awarded a brand new Apple iPad courtesy of the Shake Weight Company. The same month Kata started performing at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner show in Pigeon Forge, TN. Where she performs 2 to 3 shows a night 5 to 6 nights a week, she as well still performs her solo music and with the Grassabillies.
In 2013 Kata was named the Dolly Parton Mountain Soul Vocal Champion for her version of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You". Hay's YouTube channel now has 18,000 subscribers and has over 1.8 million video views. And she is set to tour the UK in March 2014!
The Voice (2016)
On March 1, 2016, she auditioned on season 10 of The Voice when she sang the Gretchen Wilson song "Redneck Woman". Three coaches – Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Pharrell Williams – turned their chairs for her, and she choose Christina as her coach. She defeated Chelsea Gann in the battles. In the knockout rounds, she beat Joe Maye, entering for the top 20.