September 27, 2017
Katie Ferrara – Paving Your Own Road to Success: The creative side of the music business
Katie Ferrara is a singer-songwriter with an exciting journey of a music career. With roots as a busker on the streets of Los Angeles, her first big debut was at the Hollywood Bowl where she sang alongside Barbara Streisand, Anne Hathaway, and Josh Groban. In 2015, she was flown to New Zealand to perform after being one of the winners of the Toyota Feeling the Street Competition. In 2016, she was nominated as a semi-finalist in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition with her original song Jackets. This year, Ferrara published the book “Stories from the Street”, a collection of true encounters from her experience as a busker in LA and abroad. She’s traveled and performed in the UK and Italy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Ferrara Busker’s Festival. After releasing three EPs, Ferrara is now working on her first full-length album.
Katie got started in music when she was 17. She joined her high school choir and learned how to sing with other people. She also taught herself guitar while she was in college and attended open mics to share the music she had been creating. When she graduated, she met a producer and worked on her first EP then released it and started playing shows in the LA area. She wasn’t really making any money off her music as she explains “so I started playing in the street and that experience really launched who I am today as a songwriter and musician. It kind of gave me a job I could do every day to make money while working on my craft as an artist.”