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katherine crowe: Bio

Born in Kent in 1975 to a very loving family with one brother and two sisters. Never really had much at all in the way of material things or wealth in any way at all but lots of love!

My passion for music started long back when Dad rolled up one day having bought an old pianola from an auction - it was a real old Joanna piano but it worked and instantly I was in love.

Playing that piano took me away from everything and I loved just playing it. We could never afford piano lessons when I was small so I learnt by ear. Would just listen to something and then play it - that was a gift and one I still have today cos I can't read a note - although I have tried many times.

Always felt that I just did not fit in really and to be honest I still kinda feel like that today - just always felt a bit like a square peg in a round hole - but I love life and I love people.

When I left school there really was not much at all in the way of prospects or any jobs at all in wales and to try and make any kind of money, I tried some bizarre but interesting jobs - I wanted to sing and play music but that was gonna have to wait.

I worked in pubs, cafes, shops, picked daffodils in Cornwall, painted phone boxes in rural wales whilst living in a bus, traveled and worked on a Kibbutz in Israel and enjoyed the freedom that came with that life - but no money in that just joy and simple living! and behind all that I sang - all the time - all be it to myself but I did sing!

Went to college in Neath whilst living in our bus to finally study music which were three of the most enjoyable years ever - indulged in every part of music and lived in our little bus in the middle of nowhere at a small cost of £15 a week - it was the most beautiful location ever!

Finished college and spent a long few months sending out demos to every record company and publisher that I could and got many very encouraging relies from Big companies but nothing that ever came to anything. Gigged, worked, gigged, worked but gigs were they to few and far between.

Got signed to an Indie label, made a video with Storm Thorgeson, recorded my first album Missionary Girl and then waited and waited and waited. The album was out there but no promo meant that it just disappeared as fast as it was made. That was my first learning curve.

Gigged, worked, gigged, worked until still not making ends meet we moved to the Isle of Man where there was work!

Since then I have worked for a Bank, I have had two beautiful children, I have diced with death more than once and I have learned how to write, record and produce my music, then make artwork and get distribution and release onto Itunes.

The internet has allowed me to guide my own career and I have now released many albums and worked with some fantastic people.

Last year I made a concert in a 800 seater venue with a 45 peice symphony orchestra and 11 piece rock band and a smaller show for 200 - they both did amazingly well and we had a full house for both.

This year I worked with A list Trance DJs Aly and Fila and my track was released in May this year on there album called Rising Sun on Armarda label. The track has since been released on an Armin Van buuren compilation album and is doing very well.

This year I have many brilliant collaborations that may or may not come to fruition but I now Know that I have much of the knowledge needed to keep pushing onwards and upwards.

My dream and hope has always been to make enough money from my music that I can give up my day job - and I am one step closer every day. Music is my life and I will always love it and love to share it. Nothing will stop me doing that.

If I am honest I have a personal desire to prove that someone like me from a very basic background with no contacts or help can create a career from music. I want to show other people that it is possible and that with determination and a lot of hard work you can achieve everything you ever wanted!!