Five Questions With Katherine Fisher

London, ON-based folk singer-songwriter, Katherine Fisher has released her newest single, “Won’t Be Alone”. Check out the single below and find out more about Katherine in our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m a 22-year-old folk singer-songwriter from London Ontario who’s been writing for about a decade.  I’m 5’1” on a good day, I can’t reach the top shelf of anything but have a big voice. My debut EP “Here I Am” came out in 2016 and my first full-length record “Roots” comes out this September. 100% a dog person, tea over coffee and if you need a podcast recommendation I’m your girl.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I started writing my own songs when I was in high school and since then have written over 250. I write mostly autobiographical pieces, about love, my struggles with mental illness, healing and also learning to define yourself. Whenever I face change I channel that into music. When I started writing I never realized that what I had to say would be the words so many couldn’t voice on their own. It’s still so wild to me that my songs can be so relatable to all walks of life. I have strong roots in folk music but pull from country influences like Kacey Musgraves and softer pop artists like Sara Barielles.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

YES! I am heading out on my first solo tour on June 27th with dates in Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Manitoba and Alberta! The full list of shows can be found here. If I had to describe my show in one word it would be honest. Although my records have full band productions I play live solo with a guitar. It has always felt the most like me to be there with the audience sharing my stories and my songs. I’ll probably reference a cute dog I saw on the way to the gig and will most definitely give your heartstrings something to hold on to.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

“Won’t Be Alone” is my newest single and the first single off of my new record “Roots”. I wrote “Won’t Be Alone” sitting on my bedroom floor. I was falling in love, but I was still very deeply entrenched in the depths of my anxiety disorder, depression and trauma. There were so many hurdles that my mental illness’ put in my path. I was terrified to fall in love again, to let someone into all the ups and downs I was battling. Yet it was also becoming clear that this love was one who was willing to stick around through the hard stuff, who would be by my side as I fought my battles. That I truly wouldn’t be alone. It’s a special love song that I’m really proud of and the band did an amazing job on this track.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

I’m a huge Rose Cousins fan, I saw her play live for the first time at Folk Alliance  this year and haven’t stopped listening to her music since then, her song Freedom has one of my favourite lyrics of all time  the tides of love they ride the moon and it’s only at night, that I think of you” – it gives me CHILLS. The Arkells are phenomenal,  and Rally Cry is a really really great record. Their hearts are truly in the music and it shows plus they put on an amazing live show. Wild Rivers is another one – I’ve always loved duos and harmonies, their latest single Moving Target is currently on repeat.

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