Camden Close - Up: Kat Pearson
Love Camden loves its local talent. We aim to celebrate everything cultural in the borough, from Hampstead to Kilburn, from the British Library to that little café around the corner - we are always out to show what Camden has to offer. As part of this we launched our Camden Close-Up series: interviews with artists, thinkers, entrepreneurs and downright interesting figures that live, work or are inspired by the borough.
This month we interviewed Kat Pearson, one of the most genuine and powerful Blues voices in London today. She hales from a family steeped in the tradition of Gospel hymns and Blues folklore. Currently working on a solo album which will be released Summer 2019.
- What would you do if you weren’t doing this? What would your parallel life look like?
If I wasn’t a vocalist, I think I would probably be working on the technical side of music or film.
My parallel life would be me behind the camera or sitting at a mixing console enjoying the process of creating.
Something like operating the camera on a tv or film production
I’m sometimes on the set of Eastenders and just love watching the camera person do their job, somewhere in the back of my mind is a little voice saying I wanna do that!
My producer Francesco Accurso, is very talented at his job, he often takes the time to explain how to record my vocals and mix it with the instruments.
I’d love to record, produce and mentor another artist one day.
- What do you think is most important: luck, chance, opportunity or hard-graft?
I think…you need a bit of all of those elements.
For example, if you put the work in, that will open doors of opportunity which can give you the chance to be in the right place for a bit of luck to happen.
None of those elements would ever connect if you just sat at home in front of the telly!
- What has been your most career defining moment to date and why?
I had been in several bands since signing to Columbia Records back in the 90’s, however the bands always seem to be transient, none of them ever stayed together.
The defining moment for me was when I decided to form Kat & Co, I knew that band would then always have a central focus “Kat” and the Co could ever change whilst the core ideas would stay intact.
- What are you most proud of and what are you least proud of……and why?
I’m most proud of being a part of Urban British Culture.
I was included in the book, “FASHON AND STYLE: THE BEST FROM 20 YEARS OF I-D”
Photographed in iconic magazines like I-D and Smash Hits, Featured in the award-winning video of the Chemical Brothers “Block Rockin Beats”. Appeared on TOTP, TFI Friday, The Word.
To me these are all cultural institutions we loved and enjoyed and I feel proud to have played a part.
You know, one thing that stays with me and I’m sooo not proud of is:
I had an audition to go on the road with Faithless as a backing vocalist. They were leaving the next week to go on tour, and I needed to have the songs prepared and ready to deliver. I didn’t! I just didn’t put the study time in. Needless to say, I didn’t go on the road with them, I often think what if I did go on the road, what doors could have opened?
Back to the second question hard-graft, opportunity, chance, luck!
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Her musical origins date back to her family’s migration as slaves in the cotton fields of Tennessee, to Sharecropping in Oklahoma, to Civil Rights riots in Los Angeles. Kat hales from a family steeped in the tradition of Gospel hymns and Blues folklore.
With a career spanning over 20 years Kat has shared the stage with LuLu, Jason Rebello, Chris Jagger, Tony Remy, Andy Gangadeen, Chicago Blues Queens Deitra Farr and Peaches Staten, also with the Son of the Seventh Son Mud Morganfield, and the Alabama Rooster Lil’ Jimmy Reed.
Kat also performed on multiple television programs including TOTP, TGI Friday, Richard & Judy to mention a few. But it was her performance on The Word, where she was spotted and signed to Columbia Records, toured the UK, Europe, and Australia.
After a standing ovation at the Montreaux festival she went on to guest on Acid Jazz, London Records and Music for Nations record labels.
In 2011 Kat & Co was born and with a few auditions and some special synergy the band created a contemporary sound of Blues which gained rave reviews, however the ears of the traditionalist still had a longing for that classic traditional delivery which Kat was raised on.
In 2018 the “Kat Pearson” project was created to deliver the traditional side of the Blues seen and sung from a female perspective.