One of the amazing parts to Katie Garibaldi is her approach to making music; simply with beautiful crafted chords and intelligent lyrics. This is what fans will get from Garibaldi's sixth album titled Next Ride Out. Masterfully constructed Next Ride Out comes out like a champ especially with such tracks as Falling for You, Can't Give Anymore, and Hey Hey Darlin. If you are looking for a solid performer from an artist that will give you her heart and soul, then make sure to check out Katie Garibaldi's Next Ride Out. In the meantime, if you want to get to know more about this Singer/Songwriter, then check out this special spotlight that she completed with our Webzine recently. Enjoy!
Isaac: What has been the best part of 2009 for you musically so far?
Katie: The release of my new album, Next Ride Out! I just released Next Ride Out in June and it's my sixth full-length album to date. I'm really excited about it because I worked with a producer for the first time, Michael Molenda, editor in chief of Guitar Player magazine, and it was a great experience working with him in the studio. I'm really proud of how the whole record turned out.
Isaac: What do you feel has been the biggest accomplishment for 2009 so far?
Katie: So far, the biggest accomplishment has been releasing my new album and the album release party I had at Broadway Studios in San Francisco. It was a successful show and I accomplished a large amount of promotion with the release show for Next Ride Out.
Isaac: Describe the music scene in your area.
Katie: The music scene in the San Francisco Bay Area is very cool because there are so many diverse styles and most of all, there doesn't seem to be too much of a competitive nature among artists. Many artists and bands play shows together, network, and put special events together, like songwriters in the round shows or using live music to raise awareness for good causes.
Isaac: What has been the best venue to perform at and why?
Katie: I would say probably the Little Fox in Redwood City, CA. I've played there a couple times and it's such a nice venue and great listening space. You get to play on a good sized stage with great sound and lights, but you're also right up close to the audience. So you're playing a fairly big venue, but you get that personal connection with the crowd as well because of the set-up.
Isaac: Elaborate a little about whom were your biggest influences in the music industry and why?
Katie: Jewel was a major influence on me when I was growing up. Her "Pieces of You" album got big just around the time I started playing guitar and writing songs on the guitar. I ran into my guitar lesson every week telling my teacher, "teach me this Jewel song!" I was overwhelmed with inspiration from learning chords, styles, and also just the inner desire to write, write, write. Another big influence was Michael Jackson, actually.
As a kid, I listened to a lot of his stuff, including Jackson 5 songs. I loved pop music and always made up pop-y melodies in my head when I was young. So I liked to mesh that folky-Jewel-style with the pop-rock vibe that I loved. I also loved Mariah Carey, which turned me on to love ballads. She played a big role in inspiring me to want to be a singer. Also, Shania Twain's album, "The Woman In Me," got me hooked on country music, which inspired me a lot in singing, as well as style and songwriting.
Isaac: Let's talk about what you feel you will bring to the music industry?
Katie: I like promoting that I'm not just another cliché "chick with an acoustic guitar." I believe in my music and think that I have something original and distinctive to offer listeners. I also run my own label and feel in control of my career business-wise, which I think will continue to get me to where I want to go in terms of establishing my career goals. On the other side of the coin, I also consider myself a growing humanitarian and part of my dream along with my music career is to help out good causes in need of support. I've already collaborated with many non-profits at my shows to create awareness for causes I believe in. If you can't use public recognition to do something good in the world, what's the use?
Isaac: If you had an opportunity to work with one artist or group, who would it be and why?
Katie: I would love to play or work with Jackie Greene. He's one of my favorite artists, and I love his whole story. I'm a big fan of his music and it would be so wonderful to work with someone with that great of songwriting and musical skill.
Isaac: How would you describe your music to others?
Katie: I describe my music as equally pop- and country-tinged folk-rock, almost like Americana with a pop-rock twist.
Isaac: What type of feedback have you received from fans about your music?
Katie: I have awesome fans! They are very supportive and always offering suggestions of where to play, etc. When people come to my shows to see me play, I'm so grateful and I love keeping in touch with people after I meet them. So far, fans have given me all positive reviews on my new album and it's been a wonderful feeling to know people are enjoying my new songs that I worked so hard on!
Isaac: What can fans expect from you in the next five years?
Katie: Expect to see me on the road a lot! I'll be touring to promote my new album in the coming year or so, mostly on the West Coast, but you never know where the road might take me. I still would love to put out a live album, which has been a goal of mine for the past couple years, but I've been waiting for the right time. Fans can basically expect me to keep going with my music, as I have an incredible passion for it and don't plan on stopping any time soon! More songs, more albums, more shows. I'll see you out there!
Isaac: Time for some shout outs to your family, friends, and fans…
Katie: Hi to my loved ones and everyone who supports me!
Isaac: Final words…
Katie: Thank you for this opportunity! Next Ride Out is now available on iTunes and please visit my website to see my current tour schedule at www.katiegaribaldi.com