US pop artist and musician Katie Belle Akin, whose breathy voice and playful stage presence caught the attention of mega stars like Katy Perry and Luke Bryan on American Idol Season 17, talks to Headliner about the experience and the important role it has played in her understanding of the music industry and her own artistry.
It is common knowledge that Nashville has been responsible for breaking thousands of artists from varying genres and disciplines into the industry over the years, and Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Katie Belle Akin is no exception.
At the time of interview, Akin was getting ready to travel back to music city for a big session at Yamaha’s orchestra studio: “I have a good feeling that we're gonna make something really awesome,” she tells Headliner excitedly. “Nashville was like my second home for a long time, and I still know my way around the city very well, but as I've progressed with my career and my sound, I've started going out to California for recording because I’ve been gravitating more towards that vibe recently. I go back to Nashville as much as I can though; I really love the people and there's so much talent wherever you go.”
Akin is well-known for her appearance on American Idol season 17, which was filmed in 2018 and aired the following year, right at the dawn of her musical journey. However, it was many years before this that she discovered her passion. A self-confessed music obsessive from the age of eight years old, Akin admits that she counts herself “super lucky” to have received such strong encouragement and support from the people around her.