Katie Herzig

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Katie Herzig
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Background information
Birth name Katheryne Lee Herzig
Born (1980-03-06) March 6, 1980 (age 36)
California, United States
Origin Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
Genres Folk rock
Occupation(s) Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, drums
Years active 1997-present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Newcomers Home, Ten Out of Tenn
Website www.katieherzig.com

Katie Herzig is an American singer-songwriter whose folk-pop songs have appeared often in movies, TV shows, and commercials.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Katie Herzig was born in California to a musical family. When she was one year old, her family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where she attended Rocky Mountain High School. In her senior year, she got an acoustic guitar from her father, which prompted her to begin playing the instrument. She attended University of Colorado Boulder and majored in journalism with an emphasis in broadcast production. In 2000, she graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism.

Early career[edit]

In college, Herzig formed the band Newcomers Home with Tim and Laurie Thornton and Andrew Jed in the summer of 1997.[1] Newcomers Home's music was a combination of bluegrass, folk, and pop. Herzig suffered from stage fright, and confined herself to singing backing vocals and playing the drums, but eventually she began to play the guitar and became lead singer. The band broke up in 2006, leaving Herzig free to pursue the solo career she had already begun in 2004 when she released her debut album Watch Them Fall.

Solo career[edit]

Two years later, Herzig released Weightless. She produced the album herself, recorded it at home using Pro Tools software, and played most of the instruments: electric and acoustic guitar, banjo, keyboards, and percussion, in addition to her singing and songwriting. The song "Jack and Jill" was featured on the TV shows One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars, while several others appeared on Grey's Anatomy.

In 2007, Herzig was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Country Performance for the song "Heaven's My Home," which she co-wrote with Ruby Amanfu and which was performed by The Duhks.

Her next album, Apple Tree (2008), was more pop-oriented. Its emotional songs, like "I Hurt Too" and "Wish You Well", again found a home in TV drama, on shows like Bones, Grey's Anatomy, and Bored to Death.[2] "Forevermore" appeared in a commercial, as did "Two Hearts Are Better Than One". In 2010, her single "Hey Na Na" was featured in the movie Going the Distance.

Herzig's fourth solo album, The Waking Sleep, was released in 2011. "Lost and Found" appeared in the movie Family Weekend and was used in a commercial for the movie Saving Mr. Banks.

In September 2012, she was featured in the campaign "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book.[3]

In October 2015, "Say It Out Loud" was included in My Feet Keep Moving Still: Songs to Benefit Steps of Faith Foundation an album to benefit Steps of Faith, a group that assists amputees.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Album
2011 Free My Mind The Waking Sleep
2014 Walk Through Walls[5] Walk Through Walls

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Album Director
2008 Sweeter Than This Weightless
2011 Hey Na Na
Free My Mind The Waking Sleep Shih-Ting Hung
Make a Noise Jeremy Cowart
2012 Lost and Found Becky Fluke
2014 The Waking Sleep Shih-Ting Hung
Walk Through Walls Walk Through Walls

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herzig, Katie. "Breakup of the band painful yet liberating". The Denver Post. Archived from the original on 2008-04-08. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  2. ^ Marcy, Donelson. "AllMusic Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  3. ^ http://www.halftheskymovement.org/blog/entry/30-songs-30-days-for-half-the-sky1
  4. ^ "New CD will benefit Steps of Faith, a fund to help amputees in need". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Future Releases on Triple A (AAA) Radio Stations". All Access Music Group. Archived from the original on 2014-03-06. 

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