Katie Panucci born Katarina Helena Panucci on the 4 November 1998 (Age 15) started vocal training at the age of 7. She began performing for the age of 9 years in numerous Eisteddfods, then progressing to Open Age talent competitions.
In 2010 Katie won selection to attend a Creative and Performing Arts High School and has won a medal for her achievements in music, which was presented, to her by Local Member of Parliament, David Bradbury.
In 2011/2012 Katie worked with Kick Performance Group (KPG) with the Australian Institute of Performing Arts where she trained in Vocal, Dance and Drama. In 2011 she won selection for the Glee Australia Talent Development Project and embarked on a three-week tour the United States. She was a vocalist in an 80’s tribute show that was put together by Marg Haynes and choreographed by Charlie Bartley, runner up season two of “So You Think You Can Dance”. A total of 14 shows were scheduled in Los Angeles and New York over a 3-week period.
Returning from the United States at the age of 13 years, Katie so inspired by this tour began penning lyrics and started to develop herself by adding song writing to her repertoire. This aspiring commercial artist is influenced heavily by Pink. Her writing style tends to “tell it like it is” in a pop track - with attitude. First entering a recording studio at the age of 14 years, she recorded her self-titled EP of 6 tracks that she had written as a 13 year old. She was inducted as a full writer member with APRA (Australasian Performing Rights Association) at the age of 14.
Having gone through the struggles of being bullied, she wrote and recorded a track titled “Doesn’t Make You Cool”, an anti-bullying track that she hoped would empower victims and give them hope. The lyric video on Youtube reaching more than 18,000 views since release in February 2013. This caught the attention of Australian Anti-Bullying Organisation “Angels Goal” and she was made their Youth Ambassador alongside World Champion Boxer Jeff Fenech, and Australia’s Top Model Judge, the late Charlotte Dawson. Katie performed at corporate events for Angels Goal including the “Full Throttle” book launch by authors John Caldwell (2013 Victoria Australian of The Year) and Trish Maclean in Melbourne in 2013.
In 2013 during Youth Week, she became the female face of Youth Week in The Drum Media Magazine and accepted the opportunity to play at the Bring It On! Festival with X-Factor winners, The Collective being the headline act. She also played at the Youth Valley Festival where she performed original tracks from her EP. These events have assisted her in creating a social media platform of genuine followers. Local press who have labelled her as “the next big thing in entertainment” and “the voice of change” have followed her progress closely.
In November 2013 Katie enlisted the help of Matt O’Connor. A Music Producer and Song Writer with a reputation of being one of the most experienced A&R Managers in Australia, with a highly successful term at Warner Music - Now the Owner and Manager of the A&R Department, Sydney. With his guidance, Katie worked with Producer Divy Pota (Timomatic, Janoskians, Faydee) to produce her first commercial single titled “Blink & I’ll Be Gone” A track that was majority written by Katie, and due to be released early April 2014.