Katie Knipp has been an indie blues artist for nearly 20 years, recently racking up a number 10 hit on the Blues Albums Billboard Charts with her fifth album release titled “Take it With You.” After having two children close together, and battling through all that comes with being a mommy, she’s quite happy to be putting renewed attention on her music career.
Katie says she’s been singing since the third grade, and taught herself how to play the piano as a teenager. “When I got to college I thought, ‘okay, I’m going to major in medicine now,’ ‘cause you gotta make money, right?” But when she entered choir class, she recalls; “They were playing Mozart’s Requiem, and I just started to cry. At that moment I decided, that even if it’s a much harder life path, I’ve got to get my degree in music.”
Since then She has opened for Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughan, Joan Osborne, The Hidalgos (David Hidalgo of Los Lobos), The Doobie Brothers, Tim Reynolds, Jon Cleary, Ruthie Foster, Joe Louis Walker, The James Hunter Six, William Duvall of Alice in Chains, just to name a few.
She’s not just a powerful singer, she’s not just a great piano player; she is also well versed in slide guitar and the harmonica. She has won two SAMMIES; 2020 and 2019 (Sacramento Music Awards) for Best Blues Artist, and was nominated as Artist of The Year by The Sacramento News and Review.
Katie says she has goal with this new leg of her career. “I want to be the first woman in my position to still get on the Billboard charts, get onto commercial radio, not just college and internet radio, sell a million units, and have songs placed on TV shows and movies, all without being gone 200 days a year on tour. I still want to be able to raise my boys and perform whenever I can, because I love performing, but also be present for my family.”
For more information visit www.katieknipp.com, or listen to the expanded podcast here!