Singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Katy Kinard isn’t content leaving questions unasked. As a faith-driven lyricist, she will tell you she’s been all kinds of believers: one of childlike, liberated faith; a Pharisee and a legalist; a charismatic miracle seeker; and what she calls a near atheist and “cynical scribe.” But she’s quick to embrace all areas of her journey, the end-all being a consistent pull toward Jesus.
Katy’s influences range from the vocal and lyrical styles of Nichole Nordeman and Natalie Merchant, to the conversational style of David Wilcox, within the pop/rock and folk genres. Spiritual influences include writings by Phillip Yancey, Flannery O’ Connor, and C.S. Lewis.
Katy attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she studied Commercial Music and Music Business. She focused on writing and recording at Belmont, also having the privilege of performing at the Grand Ole Opry in choirs for artists such as Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, and Taylor Sorenson.
Katy is a winner of the 2013 International CWIMA contest, the ’09 Independent Music Awards Popular Vote, and Embassy Music’s ‘05 regional pick. Her song “World’s Largest Peanut” took first prize in the 2009 International Acoustic Music Awards folk category; her song “Sunshine,” second. She works alongside Be Loud Promotions organizing tours in multiple states and has recorded and co-produced four albums: “Headed Back” (2005), “You’re Still Better” (2007), “Lullaby Hymns: the weary soul” (2010); and her latest: “God of Fireflies” (2016)
What fans are saying…
“I am blown away by the beautiful lyrics and the providence of the message behind your songs. Hearing your music has inspired me to find my own voice again – after 8 long years – and I’ve come back home to my Father where I belong. Praise Jesus that he has given you such a gift to touch people’s lives. I thank you and my Savior, from the bottom of my heart.”
“OH MY GOSH, i came across you while searching on myspace. You are awesome, girl! Your testimony is awesome too! I love honest, thought-provoking lyrics like Nichole Nordeman , and I can never find anyone else like that…until now!!”
“Hearing you play REALLY touched my heart tonight, because I have been struggling…Your lyrics: ‘I know you’re searching, but you’ve made faith so hard and now you’re hurting – come back to my arms, come back to my heart…’ THANK YOU for putting into words how I feel…I have been really hurting physically & emotionally and trying so hard to TRUST it all to Him instead of handling it myself.”
“I heard your music on Pandora. For the next few hours I sat and listened, read your bio and testimony, and thanked God. In reading your story, I found myself there– so much the same, and I want to say thank you for sharing. On top of that, also being a musician, I appreciated your creative instrumentation as well as incredible vocal tones. Beautiful. It is sometimes easy to hide my struggles with faith, but I am grateful that today I don’t feel like I have to, and your honesty has contributed to that.”
“I just have to thank you for your music, it’s absolutely amazing to listen to. I recently recommitted my life to Christ about 6 months ago after a long, overdue battle with an eating disorder, depression and anxiety. God has brought SO much healing into my life. Your music has become part of my quiet time with God each day.”
“God introduced me to your song when I had never felt such despair or disconnectedness with God. The lyrics to “Wedding Song” resonated so deeply within me, and it hurt to think of His longing for me and my keeping my heart from Him. I believe you have rightly portrayed the Lord’s heart here and it’s a beautiful testament to God’s undying love for us. What a blessing this song has been to me.”
“I came across you on Pandora’s radio and fell in love with your soul. I just wanted you to know how powerful and wonderful your music is to me.”
“If you only knew what God was doing through your lyrics. I finally felt understood. It was my song, for this season. Thank you for following Him, it was just what I needed.”
“Katy Kinard’s rendition of the hymns are haunting and breathtaking. Her entire “Lullaby Hymns: the weary soul” is a beautiful, naked, heartfelt mix of raw emotion sprinkled with the most exquisite embellishments. Pure devotion!”
“Your hymns album is truly beautiful, indeed created to strengthen the weary soul. It is a sound of peace in the midst of chaos. Its simplicity cuts through the noise and clutter of the world and helps the soul hear God.”
“Wow! Double Wow! What a beautiful CD! Powerful, smooth vocals with so much personality and soul. The band has a sound all their own, fresh and energetic. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world!”
“As Christians, we are called to share our faith, and by giving a testimony, we peel off the exterior and get real. Katy is blessed beyond my comprehension with her purity of heart, gift of music, gentleness and meekness, and she is a very deep thinker.”
“Katy’s music is blessed and heartfelt – introspective, and connects at the heart. Her passion is infectious and true!”
“We’ve added Katy’s song ‘Here’ to our heaviest rotation on our radio station. Her voice is excellent, deeply emotional and pure; reminiscent of Natalie Merchant in her prime.”