"What motivates me and inspires me is trying new things. A lot of my songs have very different feels.
I like getting my feet wet it different areas but also staying within that same medium that connects them together. I don't want to be that artist that has one particular sound. Trying to be different motivates me." - Interview in HUSH! Weekly
A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Katie Bates started writing songs at the age of ten and joined the Christian rock group Celebrate at the age of 13. After playing guitar, bass, and drums in the band over the course of two decades, she headed to Nashville to seek out collaborators for her first solo recordings. Bates struck up a partnership with longtime Dolly Parton producer Kent Wells, and they co-wrote songs for her debut. Evoking a late 20th century adult contemporary pop sound, with Kent Wells producing and Bates covering most of the performances, the resulting Katie Bates EP was self-released in March 2017. Since then, her single Naked has been featured on two compilation albums through Amada Records and the DJ Grid. The album, Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica, hit #1 on the Billboard Reggae charts.
Katie has also worked alongside with Tony "2Tone" Burkhart at Blacklite Productions, David Snow at Little Hipster Music, Louis A. Magnotti (King LIV), and Tejai Moore. ~ Marcy Donelson, Rovi