Artist info

Genre

Indie, Rock, Roots


Sounds like

The Waifs, Missy Higgins, Paul Kelly


band members

Katie- Vocals, Guitar, Resonator Dean Opie - Electric Guitar Alex McClean- Bass Joe Pollitt - Drums


Influences

The Waifs, Bruce Cockburn, Clare Bowditch, Crowded House


Website

www.katieharder.com

Bio

‘Katie triumphantly returns with her strongest work to date and an ear-worm that’ll lodge deep
inside your psyche.’ - DALLAS FRASCA

Heartfelt, smooth and down to earth, Alice Springs singer/songwriter and mother of four, Katie
Harder embraces you with her music. Her lyrics have a depth that resonates long after the final chord. Her melodies etch into your mind, and her stories carry a warm authenticity and humour.
Katie Harder is a storyteller. Her songs have a disarming honesty and their recording is warm and
intimate as she and her band enfold you with their sound and soul.

Katie’s sound has evolved over 20 years from joyful rock/pop to a more mature and thoughtful
folk/roots sound. From humble beginnings writing songs at the age of 8 in the classroom to
performing to imaginary audiences on the back of her Dad’s truck with a tennis racquet, writing and
performing has always been flowing through Katie’s veins. This journey is beautifully showcased in
the nuanced production of her latest single Sing it Out. Encouraged by great songwriters like Paul
Kelly, The Waifs, Crowded House and Missy Higgins, Katie’s music has that all Australian sound. She
explores ideas and emotions with a joyful rawness that inspires her listeners to get the most out of
life. Her songwriting gives voice to an earnest female perspective that contrasts vulnerability, strength, independence and commitment. Love, the giving of self and the struggle for balance as a mother and woman are common themes in her song writing, as well as the contrast of life in the centre’s red dirt and the south’s lush green.

Katie’s career highlights are impressive and include performing alongside Claire Bowditch and
Warren H Williams, touring the Northern Territory as an ArtbackNT artist (baby in tow!), being
shortlisted in the 2010 Australian Song-writing Awards and supporting The Waifs, Ash Grunwald,
Blue King Brown, Ali Barter and Jeff Lang. Other achievements involve running Alice Springs Desert Music Club for 2 years and regularly involving herself with the women of Alice Springs through workshops, Desert Divas, and recording sessions such as a session musician for Shellie Morris.
Over the years she has been a regular performer at Wide Open Space festival, Desert Song Festival, Desert Festival and the Darwin Festival.

Katie Harder has released 3 EPs and 2 albums. Her last release was in 2017. An EP titled ‘Beloved’
recorded live with her band ‘the Artful Dodgers’ whilst heavily pregnant. Having spent a lot of time
writing instead of gigging over the last year, Katie penned her next single ‘Sing it Out’. Due out
in April and recorded by award winning producers Ben Allen (Broadwing) and Dave Crowe ( Resin Moon) she also put her hand to grant writing and secured funding from Alice Springs Town Council to aid in its recording.
Released through Sing Hum Records, ‘Sing it Out’ is a song for the times. The song calls the listener to find healing from the hardships of the past year and the brokenness in the world by giving voice to them and ‘singing them out’!

KATIE HARDER QUOTES:

‘Your music is heartfelt, inspiring and beautiful’
-
Josh Cunningham
THE WAIFS

‘Katie writes really well crafted unassuming songs (detailing life’s minutiae.) But it’s the way her
voice soars unexpectedly out of ambient guitars-then she's got me.
-
Vikki Thorn
THE WAIFS

'Katie Harder’s latest release Beloved is an exquisite evolution from her previous work. The songs
have a disarming honesty and the recording is remarkably warm and intimate.'
-
BROADWING.

“Balancing performing and making new music in Alice, along with family life, is one act Harder
has become extremely talented at; as a mother of four young boys, she’s got the perfect creative
outlet in which to express her unique experiences, that’s for sure.”
-
SOSEFINA FUAMOLI
The AU-REVIEW
‘Katie’s silky smooth, somewhat restrained vocals on this EP are an immediate hook to the
listener. Katie effortlessly reaches her peak volume in a continuous, exponential arc without a
hint of hesitation or loss of power, the mark of a true professional. If one were to use the
analogy of an engine she is a pumping turbo diesel rather than a flailing two stroke.’
-
STEVE KELK
FOLDBACK MAGAZINE

Review

Review by Claire Mooney Claire Mooney

14 Sep 2017

Triple J
30

Straight from the soul. Sweet one, Katie!

Straight from the soul. Sweet one, Katie!