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After meeting Katy in May and seeing her perform BBC Radio 2’s Paul Sexton wrote…
Katy Hurt has lived a whole lot of country for an artist who’s yet to hit 20. American culture is stamped on her singer-songwriter soul, from a childhood partly spent living there with her family. Then she returned to the UK to put her love of Nashville sounds and styles to very good use. Hence the rapid emergence of one of the most exciting prospects on the burgeoning British country scene. Hurt’s confident, distinctive EP Pieces of Me is the latest evidence of a career that’s already produced an iTunes UK Country No. 1 in last year’s ‘Love You More,’ among other successes. Next will come a debut album, fuelled by her already considerable experience as a songwriter on both sides of the Atlantic, and as a vivacious and magnetic performer.
If all of this sounds like a young woman on a mission, believe it, because Katy has been working to get here for as long as she can remember. “When I was a baby, my dad called me the child that never slept,” she recalls with a smile. “He found the only thing that worked was if he put Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline records on. I would go to sleep. But then it got to the point where I knew all the words, so I wouldn’t go to sleep because I was too busy singing along.”
Born in London, Katy and her family moved to Long Island, New York when she was two. That’s where she started to sing country, but her appetite for all types of music was insatiable. Returning to the UK, she tried to share the records she loved with school friends, to blank looks all round. But not only was she undaunted, her nascent talent was further encouraged by a family trip to the US.