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Katie Swinford was destined to be a performer at the age of two, when a group of one hundred or more teachers at a summer workshop were silenced by the voice of a little girl who had made her way to the microphone on stage. Her mother, a teacher in attendance, looked on with horror. The little girl with blonde pigtails said, "I sing now... everybody listen!" Expecting to hear a sweet rendition of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" or "Jesus Loves Me," the crowd watched the sweet little face belt out every word to Shania Twain's "Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under." The shocked and enthusiastic group of new fans met her performance with laughter and applause.
Katie's love for music was nurtured by her family at a very young age. Both grandfathers took particular delight in her musical abilitly. Her Papaw played the guitar and sang along with her to Classic Country while her other grandfather, Papaw Billy, introduced her to Classic 50's Rock. Katie began entertaining at birthday parties, family gatherings, and at a local resturant around the age of twelve. Some of her favorite songs to perform were by Patsy Cline and LeAnn Rimes. By age fourteen, she was asked to sing the National Anthem at a Birmingham Barron's game after a friend's mom had heard a tape of Katie singing. She has sang the National Anthem several times at Barron's games, Dixie Youth Baseball Games, local soccer and football games, and at the Talladega Superspeedway. Other performances include: Talladega Cystic Fibrosis Charity Event, Charity Volleyball Tournaments for Children's Cancer, Tipsea's Bar in Gulf Shores, The Odenville Music Festival, local radio stations, and many other local charity events.
At age 14, over Thanksgiving holidays, Katie's musical style changed. She announced to her parents that she was borrowing her Papaw's guitar and that she would know how to play it before she returned to school. She learned to play the guitar and wrote her first song in the process. She has never returned her Papaw's old Ovation guitar and plays with it to this day. She says that it puts "a little extra love" into the music that she writes. Katie has recorded and written numerous songs over the past two years.
Quote from Katie: "I have love in my hands, my heart, and love looking down on my from above. These factors encourage every step of my music career."
Katie is seventeen years old and is entering her senior year at The Donoho School in Anniston, AL.