I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I have a “wish list” on the notes in my phone which consists of artists that I want to feature on Straight Outta Nashville. Last month, I found myself at the ASCAP Writer’s Night at school and Katie Buxton played her song “Painted Hearts.” Not even halfway through the song, Katie was on the wish list.
Katie Buxton writes the kind of songs that you’ll carry with you for a while. She captures the uniqueness of the images that she’s hoping to portray through the complexity of words and coated in beautiful melodies. And she makes it all seem so effortless. Katie is definitely an artist worth getting to know and I hope that you’ll take that chance on her. She is so deserving of it.
MusicDash: What originally drew you to Nashville?
Katie Buxton: When I was fourteen I knew that Nashville was just a place that I really wanted to see, so my mom took me over my spring break. While I was here for the first time I visited Belmont and happened to make some connections with people in the industry, so it gave me a reason to come back. I visited Belmont about two more times before I decided to apply and I knew it was my first choice, so when I got accepted I immediately knew where I was going to end up. Those first few trips I took down to Nashville before I made the move really validated that it was the right place to be for what I wanted to do, just through the people I met and everything I could see that was going on in this town.
MusicDash: Tell us a little bit about you session with Amplify Entertainment!
Katie Buxton: Amplify is honestly such a special company and they’re doing seriously awesome things. I found out about them several months ago when they first started filming their Single Sessions and I thought they were awesome. I loved how professional the videos looked and how every video captured the vibe of the artists so well, from the location to the angles and the lighting. I finally signed up to do one a couple months ago and ended up filming at Hound Dog Commons in East Nashville and played my song “Painted Hearts.” I was so impressed with how comfortable they made me feel and just how genuine every single person is that works for them.
MusicDash: Where did you get the inspiration from for “Painted Hearts?” It’s such a beautiful and captivating song!
Katie Buxton: Thank you so much! “Painted Hearts” is definitely a very special song to me. Ever since I can remember I’ve had a really intense and deep connection to the Native American culture that I can’t really describe in words. About two and a half years ago I was attending a summer program at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the orientation, a faculty member performed a Native American chant with a frame drum. It immediately hit me and that chant just stuck with me. Around a year and a half later, I was sitting in my room with that chant playing in my head again and I had the thought of writing a song and story around it The words seemed to pour out of me without any effort and I think it was finished within about ten or fifteen minutes. It came from a very deep place inside me and it’s still one of the only songs of my own that makes me get emotional almost every time I play it.
MusicDash: You have some really exciting things going on this year so far! You’ve been accepted into Belmont’s Bear House Writer Management. What kind of opportunities will this partnership allow you?
Katie Buxton: Bear House has been really great for meeting other Belmont writers and getting more opportunities to play out. It’s also a really cool way to meet industry professionals because they come in to give seminars and talks fairly often, so it’s easier to get connected since it’s such an intimate setting. It’s been a good way to become familiar with the relationship of writer and manager, because that’s something I hadn’t experienced before. I’m hoping to play more writers rounds, find more cowriting partners and just make more connections in general.
MusicDash: I hear that you have a new EP coming out soon! What can you tell us about it? What can we expect?
Katie Buxton: I do! The EP will be released sometime between now and the end of December. It’s four songs with what I think is a cool variety of styles and a good representation of what I do. I’ve found that it’s almost impossible for me to stay in one genre and I think you’ll probably hear that in this EP. One thing the songs do have in common is that they are meaningful in some way and each has a message of its own. Once it’s released you’ll be able to find it on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Noisetrade, and basically any service you use to hear music. I want to use this EP to get my name out, as well as just share my own truth and what I’m about as a person and an artist.
MusicDash: What’s some of the best advice you’ve received from somebody in the industry?
Katie Buxton: Recently I was talking to my songwriting professor Jodi Marr about my goals and how I feel like I’m still trying to hone in on my sound. She told me, “Be Katie Buxton but thirty feet tall.” I really love that because it’s so easy to look at other artists who have been successful or that you just like and try to imitate their style in some way, but the artists who stand out are the ones that aren’t like anyone else. It’s a nice reminder that when you’re centered in your own authenticity, you’re magnetic and everything falls into place the way it’s supposed to.
MusicDash: I was looking over your website and I loved what you said in the “my purpose” section. Can you sum that up for our readers?
Katie Buxton: Basically, I want my music to touch people on a deeper level. I want every one of my songs to have weight, to be meaningful, and to hold some kind of intention. With my lyrics especially I really strive to help people awaken to their own light. That’s really my purpose – to spread light. I know that that’s what I’m here to do, and I just want so badly to help people along on their own journeys.
MusicDash: What’s coming up next for you?
Katie Buxton: Hopefully a whole lot! Right now I’m really focused on getting my EP finished and then into the hands of as many people as possible, but I’m already starting to think about what I want to release afterwards. I’d love to do more acoustic sessions as well just because they’re a lot of fun. I’m also in the process of planning shows for the near future. But other than that, I can’t give a clear answer yet – I have a lot of things currently in the works that will manifest in time, so it’s a matter of waiting to see how everything comes together and takes shape.
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Article by Kaitlyn Midgett