Nova Scotia born, BC-based artist Katherine Penfold has unveiled her new single, “Far Away” from her newest album, Sweetest Thing.
Check out the single below and find out more about Katherine in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Hi, my name is Katherine Penfold. I’m an alternative soul singer/songwriter from Vancouver, BC. I’ve been singing since I was 14 in several different genres, but always end up wanting the soul and funky beats back into my tunes, even if it’s meant to be a classic jazz show. (whoops! hehe). As you can see, I’m kinda in love with tattoos, and in whatever moment I find away from the day-to-day hustle you’ll find me building in my workshop, riding (or fixing) my Honda Ruckus, skateboarding or sailing. I’m someone who’s not able to stop ticking things off the todo/activity list until my eyes are closing on their own, but I’m working on that. 🙂
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
My music is ever-morphing. Through the years I find I’ve had to be singing very strictly in one genre, but I’d come home and write something on the other side of the spectrum. So, I feel really grateful that I’ve been surrounded by so many different genres through the years, and been able to draw from them. But when it all comes down to it, it’s about the bass, the drums, and a really bad ass Wurlitzer or Rhodes. All of my tunes start out as bare bones – me beat-boxing a funky shuffle into my phone memos and then building the voices out more and more over time. Words then come super quick. Like they were already written for the song, but were just waiting to be placed into it. I want listeners to be able to relate to my lyrics, but also to be able to shut off at the end of the day with a glass of wine and groove out because the beats carry their own torch as well.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
I have a couple really exciting shows coming up, one of which being a CBC Nooner in a few weeks, then things start ramping up in the fall for the album release. I have the best band up on-stage with me, so to create my vibe with them is heaven. My goal is to merge two aspects for listeners: the story and the journey in each of the songs, and then the beat and groove as well. The vibe and the beat combined are so important to me and if listeners can leave the show feeling touched by both, I’m stoked.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Oh wow, that’s a tough one. Of course, I want to say all of them, but if there’s one I’m most excited about it’s “Unapologetic”, coming out in October. So, you’ll have to head over to your fave listening platform, start with “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and “Far Away” and then you’re going to get perfectly prepped to hear the next singles.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
There are SO many incredible Canadian artists doing their thing right now. Currently, my playlists are smothered in Charlotte Day Wilson, Daniel Caesar, and BadBadNotGood. Each of them are bringing such awesome new ideas to the genre and I’m absolutely obsessed.
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.