Katie Ann is an American contemporary music artist, producer, and singing pianist.
She’s one of the rare female producers in the business to self-publish and successfully release five albums independently. She has the ability to be equally talented with her creative capabilities musically as in the business realm.
Truly, the sky is limitless with this songstress.
Katie Ann has evolved from a singing pianist to a composer, crossing boundaries throughout a variety of genres. To maintain authenticity with her original music, she took it upon herself to produce her own projects while simultaneously creating a publishing company, called LK PRO, to release the works of art.
“I love writing songs – musically entertaining and connecting
with people through music. It’s what I was born to do.”
Her vocals span a wide three-octave range with warm tones and unique expressions.
A smoky, sultry soulful blend combined with spoken poetic motives, her style is unique in her own iconic way. Crossing several genres, her writing spans from alternative rock to hip-hop and even classical.
"Dream-like" is how some observers describe her fingers, fluttering across the keys when she performs.
Katie Ann is an accomplished pianist of twenty-five years.
Working as a music producer for over 15 years, she is proudly capable to be her own studio engineer and record her own music, which are integral components for pre-production that allows for seamless transitions when recording at a professional studio. In addition to owning a publishing company, Katie Ann is a proud member of the ASCAP performing rights organization.
Katie Ann understands the language of music to great depths.
Specializing in music theory, she has the aptitude to notate musical compositions using Finale. For music artists and musicians wishing to publish notated versions of their songs, she is proud to offer her services to create customized sheet music accordingly.
Katie Ann was born and raised in San Diego, California.
As a child she studied piano for nearly ten years with Howard Anton Duncan in Vista, California. When she was 15 years old, she began her music career by privately teaching students how to play piano. At the collegiate level, she attended San Diego State University where she studied music with a concentration in electronic acoustics and studio engineering.
Howard and Katie Ann smiling after a piano recital.
During her college years, she extensively explored Hip-Hop.
Indulging in rapping and producing beats, she recorded around one hundred unreleased hip-hop songs. She landed her first song placement on a television show called The Playlist on Spike TV. In addition, she had an internship with the manger of hip-hop artist Proof from Shady Records.
Furthermore, she interned as a studio engineer at a recording studio called Urban Recordings.
She had a third internship at Earthbound radio as a co-host on the Bonita Applebum radio show.
Among other producers, Katie Ann was strongly influenced by Dr. Dre.
After college, Katie Ann turned to Hollywood, her neighboring southern California city booming with music potential. In Los Angeles she yearned to release her first album but struggled to find her voice. As a young writer in the clamoring and saturated music scene of Los Angeles, she decided it was not the right fit for her.
Welcome to Buffalo!
Katie Ann photographed with her cat named Kitty, on their cross country road trip.
Abruptly and without warning, she moved all the way across the country to Buffalo, New York,
the “Queen City” with a booming musical soul.
Buffalo is close enough to New York City, where Katie Ann feels is a musical mecca of creativity.
In Buffalo, Katie Ann was challenged to re-invent herself and her business.
Moving across the country with hardly anything at all could have been a struggle for Katie Ann had it not been for her strong work ethic. Quickly finding a way to sustain a living with her musical skills, she immediately began teaching piano lessons. Building more and more each year, her business successfully flourished into a full-time roster. During her time in Buffalo, she has touched and enriched the lives of numerous families with her talented piano services accompanied by her never-ending passion for music.
Katie Ann loves teaching piano and voice to our future generations.
Shortly after arriving in Buffalo, Katie Ann was introduced to Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls who owns a recording studio called GCR Audio. She was taken under their wing and made GCR Audio her musical safe haven to finally create her first album. She officially emerged in the music scene in 2014 when she released her freshman album, The Ride.
Katie Ann has a deep fondness for GCR Audio in Buffalo, NY.
"Wait, you HIT his CAR?!"
While adjusting to her first winter in Buffalo, Katie Ann met her soul mate completely by fate. During the evening hours on a snowy groundhog day, she accidentally hit his parked car in a parking lot of a bowling alley. She responsibly left a note on his car, secretly hoping no one would ever call. MC ZiLL happened to call her a few days later telling her not to worry about the dent because it was small and not a big deal. Through fate they carried on their conversation and learned that they were both teachers and also music artists. MC ZiLL is an accomplished lyricist and positive hip-hop emcee. They decided to get together to have a networking meeting at a local coffee shop where they discovered their mutual passion for music.
The meeting led to a recording session a few weeks later and the newly formed friends recorded the song Strong Am I, which appeared on Katie Ann’s freshman album, The Ride.
On Katie’s golden birthday, she and MC ZiLL fell in love.
Two years later they were engaged and then married.
She composed the album Wedding Music for their wedding ceremony.
Katie Ann and MC ZiLL got married on August 7th, 2016.
Together, the couple has generated quite a scene in their community. They’re education activists who use their musical skills to fight for justice. MC ZiLL has experienced a plethora of inequities and injustices working as a public high school math teacher in the city of Buffalo. The couple released a single, We’re Teaching, which focused on examining the Common Core curriculum and high-stakes standardized testing.
The music video immediately became a buzz around town and attracted the attention from multiple media outlets. The couple was interviewed on the several news stations, NPR radio, and many online avenues.
Their video made a huge impact in their local communities as it was released right before an important school board meeting where the voting of closing down schools was on the table.
The power of the song opened up many doors for communication between parents, teachers, students, and fellow community members. Having the correct knowledge of the situation, people started talking about the injustices and were able to sway the vote in a positive direction. But one vote is a very small fraction in the entire equation of Americas public school system.
A fair and equal right to a free, appropriate education for all is something the couple whole-heartedly believes in and will always fight for. Filmed in New York City, the couple released a follow up song and video called Still Teaching, which examines the harming of public schools across the country by excessive high-stakes standardized testing along with defunding principals behind the Charter schools movement.
Both songs appear on MC ZiLL’s album called Brainwashing.
The album was executively produced by Katie Ann and MC ZiLL, published by LK PRO.
Not only is Katie Ann passionate about expressing herself creatively in the political world but also in the medical field. Katie Ann has a unique calming sense of performing that appeals to all ages and can be used to therapeutically heal and relax people. Katie Ann has a residency playing music on a weekly basis at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY. She was led to this mission when her father in law became ill with a terminal form of a brain cancer, called glioblastoma. She uses music to cope and heal herself and her family. Katie Ann and MC ZiLL conducted a successful benefit event called “Project Joy” to help find a cure for brain cancer. Project Joy is the first of many music outreach programs the couple want to engage in.
Katie Ann has successfully toured several regional and national markets. She’s been on two nationwide tours with MC ZiLL called Brainwashing The Ride. Through social media promotion and touring, Katie Ann has created a vast worldwide fan base with many people of all ages and demographics interested in her music. Fans from foreign countries especially take a liking into Katie Ann and her music.
Katie Ann’s future goals are to explore distribution deals from record labels, tour internationally, get music licensed in television and movies, and write more albums and projects.
She has been successfully blogging her musical journey.
Read more here: http://theridekatieann.blogspot.com
She’s released over 50 music videos on her YouTube channel. Enjoy watching them here:
Check out three new albums she released in one year!