Chamber is the debut EP by Katie O, set to be released on Friday 19th June. Katie O is the stage name of singer and musician Catherine O’Halloran. Catherine has enjoyed an illustrious career to date, performing alongside a host of big names and prestigious orchestras as well as lending her ethereal vocals to numerous albums and movie soundtracks.
Having collaborated with musical royalty AR Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire) where Catherine added her vocals to the Oscar winning movie ‘The Golden Age’ starring Cate Blanchett, Catherine has gone on to sing on movies such as Oliver Stone’s ‘World Trade Centre’ and ‘In Time’ starring Justin Timberlake. Catherine also features on the 2016 album ‘It’s Nearly Tomorrow’ by the Scottish composer Craig Armstrong (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge).
Craig Armstrong said: “I've worked with Catherine for ten years…she has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever worked with. She sings from her soul, and it communicates with everyone.”
In between appearing on numerous movie soundtracks, Catherine has also performed as a soloist with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, London Contemporary Orchestra and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
Making the bold move to focus on her own music in early 2017, Katie O was born and her debut EP release Chamber is a completely self-composed body of work and is much-anticipated by audiences and fellow-musicians alike.
With four self-composed tracks, Chamber deals with themes of isolation and dissatisfaction from a uniquely female perspective. The songs are honest and insightful and explore motherhood, societal expectations and being professionally underestimated.
Having grown up in Asia as part of a large musical family, Katie O has always been singer, surrounded by the music of her mother’s Irish folk band. Since moving to Glasgow, she has been a part of many esteemed projects, including Craig Armstrong’s 2015 LP ‘It’s Nearly Tomorrow’ and a number of high-profile movie soundtracks.
As a classically trained vocalist she has also worked as a vocal coach and appears on BBC Scotland as part of the new TV show ‘Love Song’.
The first three tracks of the EP explore issues Katie O experienced when she was going through a period of isolation and felt a sense of dissatisfaction with her life. The final, all-important track in Chamber, ‘Moments/Just Like These’ expresses a long-awaited shared contentment.
Katie O says on her inspiration for the EP: “I wrote all four of these songs just after having my children. With no family nearby and a partner who works away, it was a weird time of feeling isolated but yet having a totally chaotic mind. I was trying to make sense of my purpose in the world.
“The EP is about the feeling of not being seen or heard - being underestimated professionally in ‘Wind and Stars’ and personally in ‘After the Party’. Then the rage that accompanies dissatisfaction with where you are in life shines through in ‘Chamber’.
“However, the song ‘Moments/Just Like These’ celebrates the fleeting, but incredibly important moments, when you have the space to be heard and can reflect on the most amazing things; the sunset, the sky, the kick inside…”
Three years in the making, Chamber features a stellar line-up of accomplished musicians, each with their own wealth of achievements and awards. Playing on the four-track EP are: Dave Philips – Guitar, Andrew Gifford – Double Bass, Aileen Gobbi – fiddle, Steve Forman – percussion and Fraser Stone – drums.
Chamber is set to be released on Friday 19th June and will be available on iTunes, Spotify and CD.
Find Katie O at:
• Facebook @KatieOSings
• Instagram @katie_o_music
• Website https://www.katieo.org
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