We had the good fortune of connecting with Kat Kennedy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kat, how do you think about risk?
Nothing in life comes without risks. We choose to take the risks that we either belief will have a positive outcome, or is worth the risk of failure. When I look at my life and my career- choosing to go into music was a huge risk- I went to college for music, which is an enormous financial risk, I left my family and my home state and moved across the country to pursue music, which was a big social risk. Even the act of creating itself is very scary- you wonder how your work will be perceived by others. I love the idea that creators and entrepreneurs take risks all the time knowing the odds are against us, that it may not pay off, and do it anyway, because the drive to create is so strong. That kind of bravery is the way that I want to live my life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a bedroom pop artist and a songwriter. I am so excited to share my upcoming singles- which moves into a more nostalgic and intimate sound. These songs are as transparent as I can be about a difficult year in a pandemic and the heartbreaks I endured during it. I grew up singing classic country with some random other genres sprinkled in- pretty much whatever CD was in my mom’s car. We would listen on loop and I’d emulate Patsy Cline or Norah Jones sometimes for years on end. When I was accepted to Berklee College of Music, it definitely felt like a divine intervention. I had no formal training, just the years of singing in the car. It was the opportunity of a lifetime to understand theory and hone my craft in a professional way, and I am so grateful for that experience. I hope that this upcoming music is something people can relate to on a deep level.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I wish I could answer this! I spent my first year here working like crazy getting my footing in LA, and the second year in my bedroom during the pandemic! I have not seen nearly as much of the city as I would like, so I’ll have to check out some other interviews to get some ideas. I can share that Republic of Pie in North Hollywood has the most amazing coffee and pie (and live music if the re-opening allows it!) and Perch has the best views if you want to grab a cocktail and see the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Elliot Jacobson has been an incredible mentor and source of support for me during the past year. I am extremely grateful for his insight and encouragement in my music career.