Katie Belle Akin is a 12 year old country pop singer/songwriter/actor on the rise. Taking cues from her idols Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Miley Cyrus, Katie’s songs encourage being strong and confident and the stories in her songs convey the message to always have faith in yourself. To date Katie has written, recorded and produced 7 original songs. Her production has been done in Nashville by Murphy/Good Studios and redredstudios; all of Katie’s music is available on iTunes.
The Georgia native got her musical/acting start by singing in the school and church choirs. Her calling as a singer and performer became clear when she landed and nailed the lead part in her school production of School House Rocks Jr. She hasn’t stopped performing since! Katie has been catching audiences’ and music professionals’ attention by singing in school, church, local fairs, talents shows and competitions. In summer 2010 Katie was a part of an auditioned inspirational choir at a talent convention performing before a crowd of over 1500, she also won an Acting Finalist Award. In January 2011 Katie sang at the Martin Luther King Celebration in Cobb County to a crowd of 1000. Katie’s music is currently getting spins on several internet radio stations! 2012 is starting off strong with the release of her 5 original songs on her first EP.
Katie’s single Up To Me, won in the Country Category recently in www.eyerocksradio.com 2ndBattleoftheBands Jan. 2012, this song also was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in the Country Category.
Katie has been a repeated Featured Artist of the Week @ Music X-ray, The Nashville Universe, dssr Rock & Radio, GirlsRockRadio, Whotunes and PMW Live radio.
“Up To Me” video was the Grand Prize Winner in the Ark Music Factory Video Contest Sept. 2011
Katie travelled to Los Angeles in January of 2012, where she was invited by Patrice Wilson, CEO of Ark Music/PMW Live for the filming of a music video, for her original song “Born for This”. Born for This is the title track from her EP. Katie caught the attention of Mr. Wilson by submitting her music to his radio station in Los Angeles. Mr. Wilson loves Katie’s Country vibe and had been playing her music when he heard her new song “Born for This”… The music video for “Born for This” released March 5th 2012.
One of Katie’s songs titled “Who I Am” video addresses the topic of overcoming bullying, Katie is honored to play a role with her music with the Rachels Challenge organization. Rachel’s Challenge incorporates Katies song in their media materials. This spring Katie is kicking off a Facebook/YouTube campaign against bullying. She has been bullied thru out her school years and has overcome some tough situations caused by this. Katie feels strongly that a person can stand against bullying by relying on family, friends and support networks. Katie knows firsthand and relates to others who have also experienced this. Katie says “don’t give up; don’t cave in, STAND UP AGAINST BULLYING.
This summer Katie joins the cast of “Cool Carolina Nights” for their summer storyline, Katie’s music will be a featured aspect of the storyline. “Cool Carolina Nights” is produced in Katie’s hometown of Atlanta and airs on several cable networks in the Southeast.
In May of this year Katie will be a part of the role out for LindaGail Starlight Fashion line, the photoshoot was held recently in Atlanta. Katie will be featured in the catalog, modeling some great fashion!! The best part was Linda Gail loves Katies song, Born for This and it is being used as part of the ad campaign…stay tuned for more updates!
Katie currently enjoys communicating with her fans on her Facebook, twitter, reverbnation pages and YouTube … booking performances, taking weekly guitar lessons, performance-acting training and working on new music in Atlanta and Nashville; all the while pursuing her “passion for performance”.
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