Our guest today is Katelann Maree.
I’ve been intrigued by an artist with incredible vocal skills and songwriting talent that now in her thirties, just produced her first EP.
The story I heard during the interview touched me deeply and is a clear example of faith, determination, and resilience.
“Different Kind Of High” maybe Katelann Maree’s debut EP but she was born into a country music-loving family. Growing up in Miles, in the Western Downs region of Queensland she was surrounded by music from both sides of the family.
Her mum Sharon Grealy is also a singer/songwriter and her grandfather Jimmy Grealy, remembered for his fingerpicking playing style, was the inspiration behind the EP’s first single ‘Grandad’s Guitar’.
From the age of seven, when Jimmy’s guitar was handed down to Katelann, she’s been singing and performing at festivals across QLD and NSW. As a teen, solo performances took a back seat as she was a backing vocalist in her aunty and uncle’s rock band, Band Camp.
In 2015 after being asked by a town local if she would teach her daughter to sing and play guitar, Katelann once again thought about her own solo career. In no time, Katelann was inspiring the next generation of singers and performers and at her mum’s insistence finally applied and was accepted into the CMAA Academy Of Country Music in 2020.
Her Debut EP “Different Kind Of High” has been published this year and Grandad’s Guitar’ single peaked at #2 on the iTunes Australia Singer-Songwriter Chart.