Since moving to Philadelphia from Boston, Katie Barbato has been cultivating her unique style of heartfelt, socially aware folk rock and growing her audience. Katie’s unique angelic voice and soulful songwriting garnered the attention of Grammy award winning producer Obie O’Brien. Along with engineer Matt Teacher, they teamed up to record her full-length album at Blackbird Studios and The Sound Emporium in Nashville. Her solo album “Times Have Changed” features 9 original songs and a cover of the Irma Thomas single “Times Have Changed”.
Katie was a finalist in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition and also writes for television and film including the theme to the movie “Sugar” starring Shenae Grimes and Marshall Allman.
Along with her songwriting and singing for hospice patients in the Philadelphia area, Katie runs The Giving Groove with Matt Teacher, Mike Lawson, and Randi Lawson. The Giving Groove is not your ordinary record label. The artist-friendly, socially conscious model pays the artists 50% of all after-tax profits and donates the other 50% to a 501(c)3 music-based charity. As Director of Philanthropy, she works alongside the artists and with various music related charities to give back to the community. The label is excited to announce the first 3 artists! The Dead Milkmen, DECONTROL, and OOLALA. Pre-orders for limited run vinyl are available now at www.thegivinggroove.limitedrun.com
Katie and her Philly based band Dirty Holiday released their debut EP “Nobody’s Sober” on January 1, 2016. It is available on ITUNES and at www.dirtyholiday.bandcamp.com. The EP layers psychedelic keys and guitars over an upbeat and driving rhythm section providing the landscape for Katie’s powerful and haunting melodies. Dirty Holiday is Mike Lawson on keys, Matt Teacher on bass, Georg Beck on drums, and features Rogers Stevens of Blind Melon on guitar.