Rising Star Katey Brooks Hangs On Tight To Her Unique Style
By showing off her unique style of singing and songwriting in her already rich catalogue of songs, up-and-coming singer/songwriter Katey Brooks is back for more with another amazing single titled, ‘Never Gonna Let Her Go’. Get ready to add another talented singer in your list of ‘New artists to listen’.
We all have a certain talent in something. And when you exploit that talent to make it a tool like no else does, you are creating something unique and very attractive. You could say that’s what Katey Brooks does with her incredible singing abilities and creative writing prowess. As a matter of fact, in ‘Never Gonna Let Her Go’, all that talent is translated into the soulful vibe you can feel in Brooks’ voice and the lyrical content that definitely speaks to you in a particular way.
The song is about being true to yourself and rejecting shame. The singer reveals, "We're all going to walk this planet with different scripts in our heads, different upbringings, experiences and beliefs, and if we want to get along and be peaceful we need to accept that. Hate isn't the answer in any situation - so I believe anyway”. The stunning single exudes soaring vocal harmonies, bluesy guitars and passionate lyrics, essentially becoming a peaceful protest song. Brooks prevails, "Judge me for my true failings, ask me to change those things that actually effect you, and I'll hear that. But one thing I'll never change, and one thing that is definitely not wrong with me, is my love for women”.
Katey is herself a form of revolution in terms of love, and acceptance.
For her, singing is more about heart than head. It’s about reaching to the most authentic place within oneself and screaming from it, which is probably why her live performances are so affecting. From Bristol to Byron Bay, she has been approached on the street by fans with interesting stories about the impact her songs have had. A word often associated with her ‘hauntingly beautiful’ voice (Record of the Day) is ‘ethereal' and because of her incredible and effortless range, she has been likened to both Tracy Chapman and Florence (and the Machine). She plays a number of instruments but refuses to call herself a multi-instrumentalist (‘too much pressure’) and has produced several of her own records.
Brooks has found success recording with the likes of Brian May (Queen), Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones) and Paloma Faith at Abbey Road, for BBC Radio 2’s Children in Need single. She has played some of the world’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, WOMAD, the 2012 Paralympics, and Australia’s National Folk Festival. The beautiful finger-picked, harmony-inflected sound of her 2016 I Fought Lovers EP received an enthusiastic reception from radio stations around the UK and internationally, including BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and CBC Canada.