We had the good fortune of connecting with Katy Nichole and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katy, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I chose to pursue an artistic career because my love for music isn’t just a hobby. I am constantly learning new things and wanting to grow in my craft. I realized that I could turn the thing I love the most into a career and it brings me so much joy. I have never felt like the type of person who would have a normal 9-5 kind of job. I have tried many different things, including being a certified Medical Assistant, but music is the one that always stuck with me. I have been singing for as long as I can remember and when I started writing my own songs, I couldn’t stop. I have been extremely blessed to have the gift of music and be able to use it in such a positive and uplifting way. I know that music can heal, and I want to be able to provide the type of music that can impact someone’s life in a meaningful way.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a musician, and more specifically I am a christian music artist. My music is based on my faith and on the challenges that I have had to overcome throughout my life. Most importantly, my music is mean’t to inspire and uplift broken souls or people who are feeling lost and are searching. I don’t want anyone to feel alone. We are all fighting our own battles and sometimes we just need somebody who gets it. My music is a mixture of fun pop sounds and other unique sounds. I play 3 different instruments, guitar, ukulele, and keyboard. I have a sound that isn’t necessarily what you think of when you think of christian music but I think that’s what sets me apart. I would say that I still have a long way to go when it comes to where I am professionally. I think I have just started in my journey. I have been extremely blessed to have opportunities to open for some of my favorite christian artists and be able to connect with some of the most wonderful people in the industry. It hasn’t been easy to get where I am- I have had to go through many challenges. The music industry can be really hard to figure out and it’s a slow process to get where you want to go. I have had my fair share of ups and downs trying to figure out who I am as a musician. I have written some bad songs and some songs that I truly believe have potential, but it’s a trial and error type of thing. You just can’t give up on yourself when you fail.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Because it is so easy to go from one city to another in the area, it would be fun to hit a variety of places for food throughout the week. I live between Gilbert and Mesa. My top spots to eat would be Four Silos in Gilbert (I have a weekly gig there on Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm) and we would order the Cauliflower Crust Pizza; it’s amazing! In Mesa my favorite sandwich shop is Worth Takeaway and for a great cup of peach tea I would want to stop at Jarrods Coffee Tea and Gallery. The art is also amazing there! If we stop in Chandler, we would have to stop at the Grove Coffee Shop for an Iced Vanilla Latte. I also love the farmers markets on the weekends here. I actually sing occasionally at the Mesa Farmers Market in Pioneer Park. Finally, you can’t have a visitor without hiking or a drive in the mountains. There is an endless amount of places you can go to do that!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost, I would to thank my parents and my family for supporting me since the very beginning. They have been the best roadies anyone could ever ask for. Another great influence and mentor I have right now is Josh Havens. He is the worship pastor at my church- The Grove in Chandler, where I serve on the worship team. Josh is a seasoned veteran in the Christian music industry and is the lead singer in the band The Afters. The best advice he has ever given me is that patience is very important because timing is everything and also that songwriting is like a muscle, you just have to keep training it in order to get stronger.
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Jenny Litwiller (my Mom)