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NBC’s The Voice Alum Kat Perkins Introduces Foundation Offering Music Scholarships & Inspiration

NBC’s The Voice Alum Kat Perkins Introduces Foundation Offering Music Scholarships & Inspiration

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Kat Perkins, nationally recognized singer/songwriter and speaker, recently announced a new foundation benefiting aspiring musicians called The Rising Star Foundation. Perkins’ career has taken her around the world, from the stage, in productions like “Tony & Tina’s Wedding”, “Beehive”, “Rocky Horror Picture Show”, to features in Rolling Stone, and after recovering from what was thought to be a career ending emergency vocal surgery, a finalist on NBC’s highly rated singing competition show, The Voice.

The Rising Star Foundation provides vocal training and professional resources specifically tailored to today’s music business climate. Experiencing several highs and lows in her own career, Perkins utilizes these experiences to provide an environment in which aspiring musicians will learn techniques to thrive, express themselves, and grow as artists. The foundation is supported by donations and Perkins’ own business endeavors.

One of the elements of the Rising Star Foundation is the annual Badlands Rising Star Camp which takes place in summer in Medora, ND. The 4-day camp includes anything from vocal and performance coaching, music business and marketing workshops, dance and acting classes, a personal photo shoot, nightly breakout performances around the campfire, and other optional activities like hiking, golfing, and swimming. The camp culminates in a once-in-a-lifetime experience where the campers get the opportunity to perform, along-side Kat, in the legendary Burning Hills Amphitheater in front of thousands of people.

“I’m so honored to utilize my experiences, music industry knowledge and passion for music for the Rising Star Foundation,” said Kat. “It’s inspiring for me to give back to the young musicians who are so eager to learn more in hopes of advancing their music careers.”

In addition to music performances, Perkins travels across the country sharing with kids from elementary to high-school her unique message of remaining determined, courageous and following their dreams. She has also translated this message to business leaders as a keynote speaker for prestigious corporations.

For more information about The Rising Star Foundation visit www.risingstarfoundation.org.

About The Rising Star Foundation 
The Rising Star Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2017 by singer/songwriter and nationally recognized motivational speaker, Kat Perkins. The foundation is dedicated to inspiring musical creativity and empower growth through education, special events and scholarships. For more info: www.risingstarfoundation.org.

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NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Alumni Kat Perkins Rings In The Holidays With New Christmas EP

NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Alumni Kat Perkins Rings In The Holidays With New Christmas EP

Ring in the holidays with Kat Perkins.

Ring in the holidays with Kat Perkins.

NBC’s The Voice Season 6 top 5 contestant Kat Perkins has just released her new Christmas EP “A Kat Perkins Christmas”. “ I was born for Christmas! Literally” states Perkins. “I wanted to bring the holiday cheer to the stage with all my favorite Christmas songs! Some are my childhood favorite, some are my favorite from church on Christmas Eve, others are my new modern spin on Christmas classics! Something for everyone!”

From rural North Dakota, Perkins grew up in a town so small the population only recently went from ‘unincorporated’ to 281.  Almost as soon as she stepped off the stage of her high-school graduation, she went 600 miles east to Minneapolis, Minnesota – where her enormous talent and undeniable stage presence carved out a place for her on both the music and theater stages of the Twin Cities.  Those who saw her as ‘Columbia’ Twin Cities’ Hit production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, are still talking about it.  (http://www.startribune.com/this-rocky-rocks-hard/129953423/)

Perkins proudly performs overseas for our troops in the Middle East.  In 2013 on the way home from a USO show, Perkins gave an impromptu performance around a piano in an airport in Amsterdam – a video went viral, and Hollywood took notice.

A year later, she had not only been invited to audition for THE VOICE but went all the way to the top 5 where her coach Adam Levine said what many had said for weeks:  “Kat Perkins is hands down one of the best singers we’ve ever had on The Voice.”

After the conclusion of The Voice, Perkins began traveling across the country sharing with kids from elementary to high-school her unique message of remaining determined, courageous and following their dreams. (http://youtu.be/1BDHvJNvt5g)

Her debut album ‘Drive’ was released this year on July 10th to rave reviews.

KAT PERKINS CHRISTMAS TOUR DATES

Friday, November 27th in Linton, ND at Linton High School Gymnasium (Light Up The Night Celebration)

Saturday, November 28th in Valley City, ND at Eagles Club (20th Annual Festival of the Trees Gala)

Sunday, November 29th in Bismarck, ND at Belle Mehus Auditorium

Monday, Nov 30 in Dickinson, ND – Astoria Hotel

Tuesday, December 1st in Plymouth, MN at Plymouth Playhouse

Wednesday, December 2nd in Plymouth, MN at Plymouth Playhouse

Tuesday, December 8th in St Cloud, MN at Pioneer Place on Fifth Street

Wednesday, December 9th in Anoka, MN at Lyrics Arts Main Street Stage (Music In The Burbs Concert Series)

Thursday, December 10th in Hibbing, MN at HCC Concert Series

Friday, December 11th in Fargo, ND at Fargo Theatre

Saturday, December 12th in Wilmar, MN at Willmar Education & Arts Center

Sunday, December 13th in Plymouth, MN at Plymouth Playhouse

Tuesday, December 22nd in Plymouth, MN at Plymouth Playhouse

A Kat Perkins Christmas Track Listing:
1.       O Holy Night
2.       Chestnuts Roasting
3.       A Different Kind Of Christmas Song  (Original Song)
4.       Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5.       Silent Night

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DREAM IT, DO IT: Kat Perkins On Her Solo Album, Philanthropy & New Projects!

DREAM IT, DO IT: Kat Perkins On Her Solo Album, Philanthropy & New Projects!

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When it comes to “Drive” – Kat Perkins is an expert. Maybe it’s because she grew up in the middle of nowhere in North Dakota – a town so small the population only recently went from unincorporated to 281. That meant a lot of things, including the nearest rock show was always hundreds of miles away. To get anywhere, a girl like Kat – literally and figuratively – had to have drive.

Soon after she stepped off the stage at her high school graduation, she went 600 miles east to Minneapolis, Minnesota – where her enormous talent and undeniable stage presence carved out a place for her on both the music and theater stages of the Twin Cities. Those who saw her as Columbia in Twin Cities’ hit production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” are still talking about it. She drove many more miles to headline annually at Sturgis – where iron butts from across the country swarmed to rock out with her. A different kind of drive took her overseas where she proudly performs – as recently as Christmas – for our troops in the Middle East. In fact, it was a road-weary night on the way home from a USO show that Kat gave an impromptu performance around a piano in an airport in Amsterdam – a video went viral and Hollywood took notice.

A year later, she had not only been invited to audition for NBC’s ‘The Voice’ but went all the way to the top five where her coach Adam Levine said what many had said for weeks, “Kat Perkins is hands down one of the best singers we’ve ever had on The Voice.” But the conclusion of the show was hardly a dead end. She now travels across the country sharing with kids from elementary to high-school her unique message of remaining determined, courageous and following their dreams. Her first single “Fearless” hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts – produced independently and by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez).

In the summer of 2015, Kat Perkins has just unleashed her debut solo album, ‘Drive.’  The album is a perfect blend of her influences from several musical genres including blues, pop ballads, and pop rock. Most importantly, ‘Drive’ reflects Kat Perkins as the eclectic artist she is at this moment in time. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Kat Perkins to discuss the creation of her debut solo album, ‘Drive,’ the challenges she faced along the way, her inspiring work with the youth of America, her upcoming children’s book and much more!

Kat Perkins - 'Fearless' EP

Kat Perkins – ‘Fearless’ EP

Last we last interviewed you, roughly a year ago, you just released your “Fearless” EP. (Read the previous interview -Click Here) The single ended up going to number five on the iTunes chart. Looking back, does that release have an even greater meaning to you now?

Absolutely. Even though I started out with the intention of it having a message, it has been incredible to see what the song has done for people. I hear so many stories about how it inspires someone to do something. It has become sort of a brand. I really can rely on the “Fearless” brand to be part of my thing and probably be part of my thing forever!

You just released your first full-length solo record. What were your goals or aspirations for this project when you started out?

Fifteen years ago, when I first started working in the industry and I was shopping around for labels and had a management thing going on in Nashville, people would always ask me, “What kind of record do you want to make?” I was 18 or 19 years old and I would say, “I just want to make a good record!” They would laugh and be like, “That’s funny. Seriously, everyone wants to do that. What genre?” I always wondered why we had to pigeonhole! I have a really broad interest in music. I love everything from blues to rock to metal. Everything! I always wondered why I couldn’t answer that question with, “I want to make a good record!” This time I was my own boss, so when I set out to make this record, I set out to make a good record! I wanted each song to be what it is and speak for itself. I didn’t want to pigeonhole myself in this project. That is why I am so proud of it and how it turned out!

Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins

What can you tell us about the approach to songwriting on this album and how these tunes came to life?

I stuck to what I know with this album and also called in an array of other talent to help me write and record it. I got to call on so many of my talented friends, especially in the Midwest where I am based out of, to help me with this thing. When it came to the writing, I wanted a whole bunch of different influences. I had all of these ideas that were flowing really fast but I couldn’t quite bring them to fruition myself. I was super honored to call on a bunch of my friends to help me take each song to bring them to life. We lived for the song and didn’t think about anything else!

What did you learn from collaborating with your fellow artists? Anything you will carry forth to future projects?

Hands down, I took a little something from working with each person and each song we ended up doing. I learned a lot, especially from my producer Eric Warner. He was really, really fresh to the scene. He really took this project under his wing and made it his baby. I learned more from him than I have learned in a long time. He created so many different sounds for these songs and took it from our brains to fruition. He got it out in the exact way I wanted to hear each song. I learned a lot about writing and a lot about melodies. I thought I knew a lot about melodies but I learned so much more and the little things that make a song great instead of just being good.

How much music did you write for the album and what made the particular tunes the ones you wanted to bring forward for your solo debut?

I had a hand in writing every song in some fashion. Only one tune was fully written by me as a solo writer. That song is called “When It’s Raining.” The other songs I chose just came naturally. I just let it be super organic. I hate using that word but it’s how I did it. It was like, “OK. Here’s an idea for what I would really like a song to be about. If it works for the record, great! If it doesn’t, that is totally fine and we will have a song we can pitch to someone else or whatever.” That is kind of how it happened. Suddenly, we had eight fantastic songs that I was super proud of and we moved forward to make them the best they could be. I feel so complete about it!

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There are a lot of moving parts in bringing any album to life. What were some of the challenges you faced along the way?

There were two big challenges. The first was the simple fact that we were crazy busy doing tours and I do a lot of speaking at schools with my Fearless message. I have an anti-bullying campaign that is attached to that message that just blew up over the course of the last year. We ended up doing over 325 school presentations with over 30,000 students across the Midwest. That kept me so busy! I loved it but I was almost too busy to the point where we can’t finish. That was a huge challenge when it came to writing and recording. The second thing, I will be super honest with you, is something. I had a huge hang up about my performance. I really doubted myself in the studio a lot this time. I don’t know what it was. Maybe it was the pressure of creating my first solo record or I was simply burnt out. I don’t know. I felt a lot of pressure with the performance vocally, just simple vocals on the record. I ended up loving what happened! I needed to get back to the confident Kat that knows I can do this and I think this album proved to me that I can do this and I am ready to be a full blown artist.

You released “Drive” as the first single from the album. It’s a great choice! What can you tell us about the song?

I knew the release time was going to be right at the beginning of summer. I was really looking for something that captured the feeling of summer and made you grab your girlfriends or boyfriend, jump in the car and sing at the top of your lungs! I came from a very rural area in North Dakota, so one of the things we did in the summertime for fun was drive around. I found myself having a ton of fun on the road, so I really wanted to write a song about driving! I went to my friend Shelly, who lives in Nashville. We have been close for years. I met her in 2001 and I said, “Please help me take this idea to fruition!” She did! It is really a song about having fun and it is very different from “Fearless.” I wanted “Fearless” to have the message and be the deeper track of my singles. I wanted “Drive” to be that fun, carefree, summer song! The video for “Drive” is up now on Yahoo Music. It was my first on location video shoot ever! It was so much fun, so definitely check it out!

You have been doing tremendous work with your Fearless campaign. Tell us all about what you have going in that realm!

We are going to start up again this fall with what I call the Fearless campaign, which I also reference as the Dream It, Do It Outreach Program. We put together this presentation and took it into these schools, anywhere from pre-school to high schools. We talk about very important things like following your dreams, being involved in your community and, most importantly, being kind. That is the thing in the presentation that really started to give it momentum, an anti-bullying campaign, especially when it comes to social media. I started nonchalantly telling my stories about the negativity I experienced online during my time on “The Voice,” which came from Instagram, Twitter or comments on YouTube. Those stories sparked something within everyone to not only listen to me but allowed me to give them the tools to handle it if it happened to them and to let them nip it in the bud from the get-go. I was able to talk to them about how someone who is even older and out of school can be effected by the negativity. It is completely unnecessary and we really need to watch who we are as human beings when it comes to our online presence. It comes down to the question of, “What is our legacy when it comes to our personality and presence online?” They are using it more and more when it comes to job interviews and everything else. I was definitely vetted for something as simple as “The Voice.” They went through my entire social media presence to see what kind of person I was. It is a real thing! It became an effective presentation to inspire the kids to keep working hard but also to be kind.

Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins

Where can people learn more about the campaign?

Everything is on my website, www.katperkins.com, under the contact portion. We give you an overview of what we do in the school and if someone is interested in booking me, the info on how to do that is there as well.

Keeping with the theme of positivity, as an artist, what do you find most inspiring about being part of the music industry in this day and age?

Oh man, I think the most inspiring thing happening these days is that you can get your music out there and you don’t have to give it away for free. A lot of people do and I do as well. There are great companies like TuneCore, that I use for distribution, that help us get our music up on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. All these different platforms help us to get our music in front of the masses. Looking back to 10 years ago, getting your stuff on iTunes seemed impossible. The leaps and bounds we have made with independent artists being able to distribute their music on a worldwide level is amazing. I absolutely love the fact we can do that! At the same time, that fuels the rest of the industry with getting shows, YouTube and all the other outlets. That can really further your career if you play your cards correctly. That has been a huge development in the past 10 years. I keep saying 10 years because I feel that is when I have worked the hardest at making a brand and getting it out there. Those are really good things that we now experience in the industry, especially as an independent artist.

Now you have your first solo record under your belt, where do you see yourself headed in the months and years to come?

We are actually already working on the next songs. We stayed in that creative mode even though we are touring really hard in support of the single, “Drive,” and the record. You can expect some new stuff coming this fall. We will probably just release it one song at a time. That is the way I prefer to do it. I will be keeping it diverse and interesting for my fans that span, literally, from preschool to 85 years old! The opportunity to do “The Voice” really expanded my fan base! As I said, the school program starts back up in September and at the same time I am in deep with writing a children’s book. The book is really focused on the young ones, from 0 to 4! Because of my nanny roots and reading out loud to children, I feel like I really have a grasp on this and I think I have a story that is interesting enough to capture in a book! The book is definitely going to be called “Dream It, Do It.” That was the motto I lived by during “The Voice” and I had it tattooed on my body. It is also something I always have the kids say back to me during the school presentations. I say, “If you can dream it, you can do it!” Then I say, “1-2-3 … ” and they scream back, “Dream it, do it!” The story is going to be about a girl who has big dreams and how she carries them through!

Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins

You certainly stay busy and keep it uber-eclectic! [laughs]

Yeah! [laughs] I call it casting lines!

Looking back, you have had a very unique career. Who is Kat Perkins as an artist at this point in time. Is that a clear picture to you or more of a moving target?

Oh man, it is definitely a moving target! I don’t think I have been able to put a finger on it since I was 3 years old! [laughs] I love it! I am so glad I live in the moment and it is all about what I am feeling right now. I get to have that freedom of creativity every day, every hour. I don’t regret a thing! Even if it is diverse and I get flack for that, especially in the industry for being a little bit too broad of an artist, that is exactly what I want! That is exactly what I want and I feel like I have been able to do that all my life and I will continue to do that! I have never done well with coloring inside the lines! I like to make my own lines and then color inside of those! [laughs]

That is a great way to put it. That is exactly what I love about you as an artist. You know there is a genuine authenticity no matter what the format. I appreciate that as a fan.

That is exactly the kind of feedback I love! Thank you for that because it is super honest and it is from my soul and the very tips of my toes. I am glad someone like you gets that!

Thanks again for your time today, Kat! Keep moving forward and we will spread the word!

Thank you, Jason!

To keep up with all things Kat Perkins, visit her official website at www.katperkinsmusic.com. Connect with her via social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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KAT PERKINS: NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Alum Releases Debut Album

KAT PERKINS: NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Alum Releases Debut Album

Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins

NBC’s The Voice Season 6 top 5 contestant Kat Perkins has just released her new self-titled full length album. The album’s first single “Drive” was released in June to rave reviews. “It’s about freedom” says Perkins. “For me, there is just this feeling that fills you when you’re behind the wheel. You can really go anywhere.”  Check out the new music video for “Drive” below!

From rural North Dakota, Perkins grew up in a town so small the population only recently went from ‘unincorporated’ to 281.  Almost as soon as she stepped off the stage of her high-school graduation, she went 600 miles east to Minneapolis, Minnesota – where her enormous talent and undeniable stage presence carved out a place for her on both the music and theater stages of the Twin Cities.  Those who saw her as ‘Columbia’ Twin Cities’ Hit production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, are still talking about it.  (http://www.startribune.com/this-rocky-rocks-hard/129953423/)

Perkins proudly performs overseas for our troops in the Middle East.  In 2013 on the way home from a USO show, Perkins gave an impromptu performance around a piano in an airport in Amsterdam – a video went viral, and Hollywood took notice.

A year later, she had not only been invited to audition for THE VOICE but went all the way to the top 5 where her coach Adam Levine said what many had said for weeks:  “Kat Perkins is hands down one of the best singers we’ve ever had on The Voice.”

After the conclusion of The Voice, Perkins began traveling across the country sharing with kids from elementary to high-school her unique message of remaining determined, courageous and following their dreams. (http://youtu.be/1BDHvJNvt5g)

Her first single ‘Fearless’ hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts – released independently and produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez).

Kat Perkins Track Listing:
1 Drive
2 Take This Heart And Leave
3 Marry Me
4 Main Street
5 Dancing In The Stars
6 The Hardest Part
7 When It’s Raining
8 Let’s Get On The Road

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FEARLESS: Kat Perkins Discusses Her Career, New Music And Very Bright Future!

FEARLESS: Kat Perkins Discusses Her Career, New Music And Very Bright Future!

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Kat Perkins became a household name to many fans as she sang her way into their hearts as a contestant on NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ but her musical journey started many years before hitting the spotlight. The daughter of a music teacher, this multi-faceted artist has been singing, dancing, and performing for just about as long as she can remember. At just 15 years old, Perkins made the move to the Twin Cities from rural North Dakota and her professional career began as she became a success in the Minneapolis-St. Paul theatre scene.

Over the years, she lived and breathed music, inching ever closer to achieving her dreams as she performed and recorded music as a solo artist and with numerous bands. In 2012, she had success with a single written by Chad Kroeger (Nickelback) that featured Guns N’ Roses guitars Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, Nine Inch Nails drummer Ilan Rubin, Grammy-nominated producer Joe Marlett (Foo Fighters, Korn) and her current musical director Eric Warner. Soon after, Perkins was forced into an early retirement due to voice problems. She underwent vocal surgery and became a full time nanny. In 2013, she received an opportunity to go to the Middle East to perform for the military. While on the trip, a video of her singing randomly at the Amsterdam airport ended up on Youtube and prompted a call from “The Voice.” 

After her amazing run on ‘The Voice’ as a Top 5 contestant, coached by Adam Levine (of Maroon 5), Kat finds herself in the midst of writing the next exciting musical chapter of her life. Her new single, “Fearless,” was produced by John Fields (Pink, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez) and independently hit #5 upon release on the iTunes charts. Her EP, also titled “Fearless,” is a massive hit with fans and provides a glimpse into what the future holds for her as an artist. 

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Kat Perkins to discuss her musical roots, the lessons she learned as part of “The Voice,” what she has in store for us musically in the months to come and much more!

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Kat Perkins

Obviously, music played a massive part in your life. What are your first memories of music?

I remember performing for my first audience when I was 4 years old. It was in a high school gymnasium and I remember the moment so clearly. I always took the opportunities that came my way. All the way up through elementary school, we would go to every single talent competition and make our own opportunities! Instead of having a lemonade stand, I would sing to people for a dime! [laughs] When I was 15, I started the family band with my sister, my dad, my uncles and cousins and we started getting paid for it. That is when I started working professionally, when I was 15 years old.

Music is clearly a family affair but what made you want to pursue it as your career?

I knew at a really young age that I wanted music to be my career. I was 10 or 12 years old when I knew this is what I wanted to do and that I would fight for every single opportunity to sing and eventually make it my career. I worked my butt off to convince people that was my decision and that I absolutely knew. It was hard to do that in a small town! My high school counselor, God love her, but she would always say, “Yeah, but what do you want to go to school for? What do you want to get your degree in?” I would be like, “Performing! I want to perform! I don’t care what I need to do. I want to make that happen!” It was a long road but my family always supported the decision from the word go. Eventually, I got an entire team on my side that said, “Go for it, girl! Do everything that you possibly can to be able to sustain a career doing what you love to do!”

You had success in music before we became more familiar with you on “The Voice.” What can you tell us about what you had going on in the time leading up to the show?

Even before that, I decided to move to the big city when I was right out of high school, 18 years old. I started to pursue more of a theater type of career because I knew it would offer more opportunity when it came to making some money. I planned to save up by doing a theater gig where it was contracted and you are hired for a certain period, you get paid for your time and you get to perform. Granted, I had to dive into acting and dancing and that wasn’t something I was used to. It was a challenge for me to take that on with no training and by learning on the job, if you will. I did that for more than five years from show to show and from tour to tour doing theater. All the while, I was saving up my money to be able to eventually branch out and start my own band. That is exactly what I did! In 2004, I had enough money set aside to start a band, buy a vehicle, buy a trailer, record a record and set out in what we now know as the band called Scarlet Haze. We did that for years. successfully, all the way up until 2009. We toured constantly and finally got a record deal. We had a really fair push at the end of it, in 2009 and 2010, with a single written by the lead singer of Nickelback, Chad Kroeger. We had a record label behind the whole thing and some funding by Warner Music Group. That was the most exciting time of my life, ya know? It was all happening! We had a single on the radio and were on the rock charts. I was living the dream and doing what I had always worked for! Unfortunately, right at the same time, the rock scene was taking a dive and rock was going in a downward spiral as country was rising. We couldn’t sustain and eventually I dissolved the band.

Kat Perkins commands the stage.

Kat Perkins commands the stage.

You also experienced some vocal issues, which you eventually underwent surgery to correct. What were you up against there? It has to be a pretty scary spot to be in for someone in your position.

Oh my god! Absolutely! It all happened at the same time, so it felt like the entire universe was crashing on me with the band falling apart and these vocal issues happening. We ended up finding out that I had a 2 centimeter sized cyst on my left vocal cord. It wasn’t really related to overuse or burnout but I was susceptible because I had used my muscle for so hard for so long while working my butt off in this industry. I knew that the universe was telling me to slow down! [laughs] I think it was perfect in the end but at the time I was devastated and at the time it felt like I would never be able to sing again and would never be back in the business. In retrospect, it was the time I needed to take to get the fresh perspective on the industry. At the same time, “The Voice” audition came through at the tail-end of this period. I would have never have done any of this without the kids I ended up nannying through this break, the early retirement I was forced to take for a bit. Suddenly, I was nannying these kids and inspiring children every single day. When this opportunity for “The Voice” came along, those kids were like, “Why wouldn’t you, Kat? This is what you love to do!” They really pushed me back into that mindset of following my passion, not making it a hobby and doing what I love to do.

Looking back on your experience with “The Voice,” what is the biggest lesson you took away?

Oh, man! There are a couple of them! One big one is to always keep going and follow your passion. Take advantage of every single opportunity that comes your way, especially if it comes your way! Keep making opportunities to do what you love to do! Don’t get complacent. That is kind of what was happening before this opportunity came my way. I didn’t realize it, it was just the way that it was. I was recovering and getting back into the industry but the experience let me know that I still needed to trust my gut. That is something Adam Levine told me every single day, “Trust your gut, Kat! Whether it is a singing choice, a song choice on the show or just generally in life. You have the intuition of a very successful person.” I am a natural born leader. I am a Capricorn and a goal-setter. Adam reminded me that I need to trust my gut, keep my goals in mind, move forward in what I love to do and pursue that passion. It’s great because now I get to inspire not only the kids that I nanny but children around the world and the youth of the nation to do the same thing. Follow their dream, trust their gut and pursue their passion.

You have a lot of irons in the fire at the moment. First, you have been hard at work on a new EP. What were your goals and expectations when you started?

Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins

I really wanted to set out and have a strong single, get my message out there and remind people that I can write my own stuff and sing original music. I really focused, this time, on the message I wanted to bring post-Voice, instead of the genre that I might have been representing. It was more important to me to have good lyrical content and a message through this whole thing. At the same time, we were talking and getting feedback from my fans, both old and new, about what they wanted to hear me sing. The immediate request was the three songs I ended up singing to save my life, per se, on “The Voice” for the Twitter saves. This was the first season they had implemented the singing part of the Twitter save, where they had us sing another song and people tweeted to save your life. I was like, “Why not! In conjunction with the single, why don’t we record those three songs, purchase the mechanical sync license and give the fans what they want?” They loved hearing “Barracuda” and those cover tunes, so I was like, “Yeah, let’s package something. Instead of just having the single, let’s give the fans what they want while we gather ourselves and continue to write the next original record, which will likely have ‘Fearless’ on it as well, so we can have that timeline into the new year.”

What can you tell us about your typical songwriting process? Do you have a particular process in place?

I used to! I used to have a fantastic formula and then I went to execute that formula for myself and it didn’t work this time! I kept saying, “Maybe I am just creatively blocked right now? I am coming off a giant national television show, so maybe that is it. I don’t know.” In turn, I finally figured out, soon after that realization, that I needed to change my process. I started collaborating with a guy I had always wanted to collaborate with in The Twin Cities, along with my normal co-writer. He was completely about to change my process and bring me to a different realization about the music first and then the lyrics. I had never done that before! It had always been lyrics and then music. We have come up with the coolest new stuff that we are working on for this new record. It is like Lorde meets Katy Perry with Kat Perkins branding on it. It is poppy and fun. I am making sure the lyrics make people feel something, whether it be party time fun stuff and some of the sad stuff that I used to write about that brings out the emotions in people who connect with me on a real level. I think people are going to be really surprised because the classic rock thing is only referenced and is not what I am really going into. I am more going into a new sound that I have always wanted to do and that new songwriting process has absolutely made it such a fresh thing for me and hopefully for the listeners as well.

Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins

As a fan of your work, it is really exciting to hear you so excited about it!

Yeah! I am completely stoked!

Looking back on your career so far, how have you most evolved as an artist?

I think about how age has affected me. I don’t ever really rely on my age as a factor but I think the life experience I get to write and sing about makes a difference. You understand when an 18 year old puts out a song about love and you are like, “Yeah, you think you have been in love. Right!” You have no idea that in a few years you will be able to connect with that song in different way. I think I can bring that to the table. I have a lot more life experience. I have been through a lot personally and professionally and I get my audience a little better than I did when I was 18 years old. I feel like I learn about them better every single day and learn about myself better every single day. We are all growing and changing. I feel like I have a little bit of an advantage there with simply connecting with the message that I am trying to convey with my writing. I think people will really feel that when they are listening.

Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins

You come from the world of rock. What are your thoughts on the current state of that genre?

My former opinion, when I was coming out of it, was that rock was dying and would be a really tough sell on anybody. It’s really funny, now when I am paying attention to the scene so much again, it’s not so much that rock is dying because good songs are good songs. There are bands both new and old that continue to amaze me with their success with something as simple as a good song. That is something people in Nashville used to tell me. They always used to say, “Listen, it’s all about the song. If you write a good song, it will speak for itself.” There were times when I was like, “I don’t know about that. I think there is politics involved and blah, blah, blah.” There are bands out there right now, like New Medicine from Minneapolis, that have limped their way through this tough time of rock and have sustained. I realized it is because they come out with really good songs. That still speaks for itself! Rock in general has had this tip of the scale where other genres have dominated the radio and what people are buying out there but good songs are good songs. I feel like whatever genre it is in, people will buy it if they connect with the lyrics and the melody. It will be interesting to see what the rock genre will bring in the next few years but I feel we are starting to see it come back as a whole, as well.

Many people see you as an inspiration and role model. What is your best piece of advice for young artists looking to make their way in today’s music industry?

I get faced with this question every single day, whether it is via social media or by the kids I am speaking to in schools. It really comes down to a couple simple things. Never give up! I am only standing here in front of people now because I didn’t give up. Things haven’t always gone my way. I am not sitting here because things were easy and everything has gone my way every single time. As long as you go into pursuing a dream or a passion with that mindset and knowing that it is going to be hard, you have to have perseverance and you need to constantly change and evaluate your process, meaning and the reason why you want to do this, you will absolutely find success. You will be fulfilled by whatever you do as long as you don’t give up and become discouraged. You have to learn from every single bump in the road and every experience you have in following your passion.

Kat Perkins

Kat Perkins

I know you have been very involved with many charities. What can you tell us about that part of your life?

I have been doing a lot of charity events! That is something I was really adamant about when coming off of “The Voice.” I wanted to give back because of all the people who supported me. I have been working with the Gillette Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. That one is really near and dear to my heart because the little boy that I nannied ended up using their services in the past couple of years. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease as a very young child, 8 years old. I immediately came back and said, “What can I do for your organization?” That is the biggest one. I have also been working with another one called Hope Rocks. They do a bunch of different establishments. The one we really worked hard for was called Faith’s Lodge, which is a retreat for parents who have sick kids or who may have lost a child due to illness. Those are my two big ones. We are also coming up on this big North Dakota Heart Association event that we are going to do a lot of things for in North Dakota, which is my home state. That is another one that is near and dear to me, as my cousin is really leading the troops here in Bismarck, North Dakota. Of course, giving back as much as I can to the youth is something I truly love.

Awesome! Where are the best places for your fans, both old and new, to keep up with all you have going on?

My website is www.katperkinsmusic.com. I am also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Sometimes they might give a little too much of an inside view of my life but I love giving the fans that perspective and letting them still live my life like we did on “The Voice,” where we were very open to everything. I love letting them see I am a real person in this world and I am following my dreams. They can follow and interact with me there and I completely encourage it!

Thanks so much for your time today, Kat! You are terrific and I can’t wait to spread the word on everything you have going on!

Thank you, Jason! I really appreciate it and it was a pleasure talking to you!

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