A Candid Interview with Recording Artist, Katy Miner
After only recently coming to know Katy Miner, from reviewing new
independent and unsigned artists on the IUMA music site, I was
overwhelmingly impressed with her presence from every aspect.
Not only does she have a very beautiful voice, but it goes without
saying that her repertoire is among the finest I have ever heard
Whether presenting the selection, "Too Good To be True," or the
selection, "Come Find Me," this commercially viable product readily
appeals to the R&B, Urban, and Pop markets without question. Her
multi-octave range is, in no uncertain terms, one which should give
Mariah Carey due cause to forever sleep with one eye open. To
review several of her enticing selections, please visit her websites at
: Did you always aspire to become a recording artist?
[Katy Miner] : Since I was about 5, I knew I wanted to be famous. But it wasn't until I was about 8 or 9 that I knew I wanted to sing and record.
[KL] Hmmm...from that point on, were you working on doing just that, or
were there detours or obstacles along the way?
[KM] At 8, I discovered my voice and, at 9, I was able to join school
music groups (orchestra/choir/musicals). Since then, and throughout
my school days, I was always singing or performing in some group or
show. Of course, after high school, groups were not readily available to
just join, so it took more effort. At that point, I was having a hard time
trying to figure out what to do next. Living in a small town outside of
Buffalo, it's hard to find opportunities.
[KL] What was life like, having such an aspiration in a small town in
[KM] Actually, I was fortunate to have gone to a school with a great
music program. Having a high musical aspiration was not that
uncommon. It seemed pretty normal to me.
[KL] From your recording, it is obvious that you have had significant
training. Will you elaborate on your musical education, please?
[KM] Well I had about eight years of violin lessons starting at age 6,
but I used to listen in on my sisters' (I have four sisters) piano lessons.
Later, I used to get their music and try to teach myself. Then, of course,
there was orchestra, choir (about 9 years of that), and several musicals.
During high school, I took private voice lessons as well. To this day, I
still sing in my church choir occasionally.
[KL] Except now, you're based on the West Coast...what prompted the
relocation to California?
[KM] Here comes the sob story...
[KL] Okay....let's hear it. <sniff,sniff>
[KM] I always thought I would move to LA, but my boyfriend had an
opportunity to move to Silicon Valley, so we moved. Then, he broke up
with me. Typical. There's much more to that story, but who really
[KL] Do you mind if I yell something I've always wanted to yell?
[KM] I'm listening...
[KL] YOU DIRTY RAT! Now, I feel purged...
[KM] Shall we move forward?
[KL] Indeed, we shall...your entire recording is, awesome, to say the
least. Are there stories behind each selection?
[KM] "A Million Tears" is dedicated to my mother. That's different!
[KL] That is also the title of your first recording as well, isn't it?
[KM] Actually there are a couple songs I recorded earlier that didn't
make the cut.
[KL] What are the titles?
[KM] "Slide Into My Love," "Happiness & Misery," and a remake of
Mariah Careys' "All I Ever Wanted."
[KL] Oh, migosh! Think I'm gonna require a hanky for that first
[KM] Yes, that one was a little out there...
[KL] Oh, so I wasn't that far off base?
[KM] You got the idea, but the lyrics are poetic, not graphic.
[KL] Oh...that makes me feel much better... ;-) Well...my personal
favorites are "Too Good to be True," "The Best of Me," and "Find Me."
I must have listened to these three for a whole day! Do you compose
both music and lyrics?
[KM] No, but I did the vocal arrangements. I also just completed a song
I wrote, and will record sometime soon.
[KL] Well, obviously, you are studio seasoned at this point, but what
was your initial recording experience like?
[KM] It was hard. I'm very self-critical.
[KL] In the beginning, were you very nervous?
[KM] The hardest part of doing original material is giving it your soul.
You know, make it your own. And, yes, I was a little nervous, but it
went away after a few minutes.
[KL] Well, let me tell you something...
[KL] I am truly amazed at your ability to maintain your level of tambour
at your higher octaves, when I, otherwise, see people who have been
out for years, either "cracking" their notes, or going into falsettos. I
only assume that is from your years of training as well.
[KM] Thank you. My voice is my instrument. I love utilizing it that way.
It makes it more pleasing to me.
[KL] And, I also must say how commercially viable your recording is.
What new career inroads are you now hoping to make that you haven't
[KM] Well, I do record with commercial appeal in mind. As far as career
inroads...business or music?
[KL] Both. Katy...this is called "Putting Ye on the Olde Spot."
[KM] Let me collect my thoughts for 1 minute...
[KM] Radio play is beginning in Europe...
[KM] I'm working on a few singles to be sold on the MBIS web site, coming in
[KM] Marketing? Where will I get the money? There are still a few
things that I need to get together...like getting my ducks lined up so I
can move forward.
[KL] Let's address the European aspect of marketing your recording for
[KL] Is that something your company is planning...to break the recording
overseas, prior to the U. S.?
[KM] Yes, we are strongly considering it.
[KL] And, why is that?
[KM] Pop music is more appreciated there, and it seems that the public
is willing to listen to new artists. Plus, they LOVE Americans!
[KL] Wow! We must have rode in on the same train, for those are my
exact thoughts as well.
[KM] The U. S., on the other hand, is more about the whole package.
Europe is more about the songs.
[KL] Let's go into business together selling this idea...we'll make
MILLIONS! Another question...
[KL] In terms of independent labels, musicians, and recording
do you believe this should also become their initial marketing territory,
prior to attempting to break their recordings in the U.S. as well, and
competing with Major label artists?
[KM] Well I don't think you should leave out any possibility, but it's
more than having a plan A, B or C.
[KL] But, what if you can only afford one plan at a time? Which then?
[KM] It really comes down to just doing everything you possible can to
make things happen (successfully). And, there's always the possibility
of getting investors as well...
[KL] Do you really believe that's a viable option in today's music industry
[KM] If one feels he or she has a marketable product, then, of course.
It's simply a matter of convincing your investor as well.
[KL] In your opinion, is this where many independent artists fall
the reluctance to approach viable investors for their projects?
[KM] It's possible, but there's the question of knowing the industry and
[KL] Yes, this is true. Katy, it has certainly been a pleasure discussing
your path...what's next on your immediate agenda?
[KM] I'm printing more bios for packages, and CD labels. Then, I'm off to
a friend's party for her "first recording session completed celebration." I
sang backgrounds for her.
[KL] I see...maybe, you'll get to see just how nervous her first session
went, huh? Or, is she a veteran?
[KM] No, she was nervous...I could tell.
[KL] Katy, it has, indeed, been a pleasure...thanks so very much for
taking the time with me. I appreciate it.
[KM] No, Thank You!