Katie Kittermaster: 19-year-old singer from Hawkhurst making waves

PUBLISHED: 10:52 15 April 2020

Katie Kittermaster performing live (photo: Encade)

Katie Kittermaster performing live (photo: Encade)

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Singer Katie Kittermaster, 19, from Hawkhurst on performing live with some of her music heroes

Tell us about you

I’m Katie Kittermaster, 19, a singer/songwriter from Hawkhurst. I was at school at Repton in Dubai for a couple of years (my dad was Headmaster there) and then joined Cranbrook at 13. My brother Harry is still at Cranbrook, in his GSCE year. My mum is a photographer (and frustrated property developer) and my Dad is now working in China, setting up a school for Malvern College.

What are you doing now?

I left school last summer and since then I’ve been pretty busy. Most of my friends headed off to university and some took a year out, whereas I had no fixed plan and that did worry me a lot (I even wrote a song about it). I played a few festivals in the summer, including El Dorado (weirdly, run by ex Cranbrookians!), Penn Fest, The Big Festival and Carfest. During my A-Levels I was approached about supporting Boyzlife (Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy) via my live booking agent. I was put forward and Brian and Keith chose me! Because I was mid exams and then had the festivals, I didn’t really think about it much until a couple of days before. I was actually quite nervous, but Keith and Brian couldn’t have been more welcoming and midway through the tour they asked if I’d like to perform with them each night – I couldn’t have asked for a better first tour. Pretty much straight after that I jumped on a tour with Lucy Spraggan. We only had about a week’s notice, but that seems to be how the industry rolls. I’d been a fan of Lucy’s music for a long time so was very happy that she picked me to support her. She has a very loyal fanbase and the majority of the 37 shows were sold out; we also did a couple of dates in Europe, which were amazing.

Have you always loved music?

I remember my nativity play in Reception at Sutton Valence, when I sang a solo dressed as an angel! Like so many kids, I loved singing but it wasn’t until I was nine that I had singing lessons and entered local music festivals. When we moved to Dubai, a few of us from school were asked to play live on the Dubai equivalent of This Morning and following that performance I was asked to open a charity event for Global Gift. I was 12 at the time and it was a huge star-studded event hosted by Eva Longoria and Ricky Martin. I also performed at the British Embassy at an event for Help for Heroes. When I got back to the UK, to start Cranbrook, I started to write and taught myself the guitar and some piano. I was approached very last minute for an event in Maidstone called The Big Day Out in June 2017. Four days later I was performing to a crowd of 10,000 people! I had never sung my own songs publicly at that point and only had time to rehearse with the guitarist twice. But I loved it and that was the start of this journey.

What happens next?

I want to keep performing. Being on stage is like a drug for me. I have just been in LA working with some amazing writers and producers; I am very keen to collaborate further as I know this will help me hone my craft. There are some tours being discussed for later this year; Brian and Keith have asked me to join them on their 2020 tour and there are a few Kent dates during that. I will also be doing a schools tour, talking about mental health and how music has helped me through my darker times, and most of the schools will be in Kent.

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Are you or do you know an achieving under-25-year-old who would make an interesting Bright Young Thing profile? If so, email sarah.sturt@archant.co.uk with a short description and a recent photo. We’ll do the rest.

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