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Kat's Story

Short bio 
  
Born in Tokyo and raised in New Zealand, Kat McDowell makes music with an Ocean Pop sound delivered in a blend of Japanese and English that is uniquely her own.  While drawing inspiration from artists like The Police and Jason Mraz, she also grew up listening to J-pop and discovered her love of the ocean and surfing as a teen in New Zealand.
  
Her career kick started when her first record went to no 1. on the vinyl charts in Japan selling out after two days, and has since released 3 albums, 4 mini albums and appeared on several TV commercials. She has shared the stage with artists like Switchfoot and Colbie Caillat. 
  
Her mission is to connect people through music, which shows through her openness in her youtube videos and highly interactive performances. In 2015 she was a top 5 finalist in the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter competition out of 14,000 submissions and in 2016 her youtube channel was selected as a winner in Youtube Next Up’s creator program. 
  
She successfully crowdfunded her new Ten year anniversary album “TEN” which came out March 24th, 2018 and will be performing a 20+ date Japan Tour in the Spring.  

"Language of My Heart" from "TEN" won the "voice of the people" award for her lyric video in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC. 
  
When Kat’s not singing for a Japanese princess, girls in a safe house in Nicaragua, or at a college in Oregon, she’s in the studio recording, or baking cookies, or surfing at Venice beach! 
 

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Longer Bio

Born in Tokyo and raised in New Zealand, Kat has always loved music. While drawing inspiration from artists like The Police, Jason Mraz and growing up listening to J-pop, Kat's Ocean Pop sound is definitely her own. She mixes acoustic guitar-led melodies with emotionally transparent lyrics, delivered in a blend of Japanese and English. 

She returned to Japan after school and signed with Sony and Avex in 2007. Her partnership with them yielded several mini-albums, her first full album, and a limited vinyl edition of Nagoriyuki, which went to #1 on Japan's Vinyl Charts and sold out in two days. 

Outside of the studio, Kat has been recognized for her performances in high-profile TV ads. Additionally, she has also performed over 1000 live shows, both throughout Japan and internationally and has shared the stage with bands like Switchfoot and Colbie Caillat. 

Kat writes about humanity and life. Songs like "Dianna," inspired by a little girl who was born in a trash dump in Nicaragua, to "A little rain" which was written driving through a typhoon on tour in Japan, to "3.11" which was written as a way to deal with the wounds from the Tsunami which ravaged Japan in 2011. 

Since becoming an independent artist in 2010, Kat has continued to release new albums and tour Japan and the world.  Kat changed her home base from Tokyo to LA in 2013 to face a completely new challenge, touring the US and expand her horizons, and 2014 saw the release of a brand new album "Rise Above" about overcoming life’s challenges. 

In 2015 she was a top 5 finalist in the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter competition out of 14,000 submissions and in 2016 her youtube channel was selected as a winner in Youtube Next Up’s creator program.  
   
She successfully crowdfunded her new Ten year anniversary album “TEN” in 2017 which came out March 24th, 2018 and will be performing a 20+ date Japan Tour in the Spring.  

"Language of My Heart" from that album won the "voice of the people" award for her lyric video in the 2018 Independent Music Awards in NYC. 
   
When Kat’s not singing for a Japanese princess, girls in a safe house in Nicaragua, or at a college in Oregon, she’s in the studio recording, or baking cookies, or surfing at Venice beach!  
 

BLOG features

Here are some of the awesome BLOGS that have featured my music!

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Shutter16 - "Kat McDowell’s new album Ten just makes people happy" Apr 14 2018

Jrock247 Review of "TEN" Apr 12 2018 

Audio Fuzz - Happy Music: Kat McDowell – “Language Of My Heart” Nov 25 2017

 Golden Mixtape - Deciphering The Language of Kat McDowell’s Heart Nov 21 2017

 Vents Magazine Feature Nov 7 2017

Harlton Empire - Kat McDowell Shares Music Video For “Language Of My Heart” Nov 20 2017