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We are getting closer to the end of the year, and I am not happy about it. That is even with all that has happened in 2020. We have featured some amazing artists this year, yet we have so many more to go. The hardest part of my job is deciding who to feature. With the clock working against me these last two months, there was one artist I had to bring into the family officially. Katrina Borguyne is that artist, and she is the latest member to join the Southern Fellow family.
The first thing I noticed about Katrina was those deep brown eyes she has. I usually don’t like talking about physical attributes, but there was something behind them in this case. I have spent the past few months trying to look behind those eyes and get the full picture. At times, Katrina is good at keeping her cards close to her chest, but there were a few times I was able to sneak a peak. What I have found is someone who can balance being scared and brave at the same time. It sounds impossible, but Katrina uses music to do it. This creative outlet is the energy that balances these opposites.
Katrina Burgoyne, more than once, has mentioned depression casually in conversation. For many, it’s like the elephant in the room. There is something there, but no one wants to talk about it. As someone who is bipolar, with my life experience, I know that weight to be crushing. The constant state of fight or flight can rattle the strongest of nerves. Katrina doesn’t give up despite fear. She is willing to smack that elephant on the ass and at least try to get it to move. Sometimes it works, but other times Katrina is not so lucky. She still pushes forward, no matter the outcome.
Wrestling with strong emotions has a silver lining. It makes a person empathetic to those around them. You can relate faster and stronger to what other people are going through. This silver lining is a product of checking your own emotions in what feels like a minute by minute chore. Katrina Burgoyne has found a way to tap into this unique skill and use it to create music. This outlet has helped her develop the balance she needed to be the outstanding artist she is today. “It All Falls Down” is proof of her ability to capture a brief, detailed moment of passion. Her single “25 Cents in the Ashtray” brings hope into view. It is her roadmap that lays out where she has been and the direction she wants to take her future. We all feel these emotions, and there have been a plethora of songs covering these topics, but I believe Katrina brings these emotions a bit closer to home.
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Today is a good day! Katrina Burgoyne is officially part of our Southern Fellow family. Before we get to the interview, please keep your eyes open for the fantastic recipe she inspired and the giveaway at the bottom. Now, let’s get to it! Here is our interview with Australian country music artist Katrina Burgoyne.
Tell us about your road to Nashville.
The seed of moving to Nashville someday was planted when I was 15 years old; I was a very young, ambitious songwriter, and my manager at the time said, “I see you as a songwriter in Nashville.”
I ended up making the move in 2017 with 3 suitcases, a guitar, and $15k to buy a cheap car and live off until I could make an income. The legal loopholes and the process of moving here took 5 years. I really learned delayed gratification.
What advice do you have for someone who is new to the music industry?
I would say NEVER GIVE UP. It’s a tough industry. A lot of “No’s” and setbacks. It’s a blessing and a curse.
Who are some role models that have shaped you as a person?
My Mother! My Dad left my brother, Mum, and me when she was 8 months pregnant with me. I saw her build her life as a single Mother by sewing and selling clothes at the market while she was studying nursing. I remember she would eat our leftovers when we couldn’t make ends meet. I watched her build a life for herself and overcome every setback. I was 8 years old when she was in an accident and told she may not ever walk again, but she visualized it and was determined to walk. I remember when I told her I wanted to move to Nashville she said “I’ll support you in anything you do, how are we going to make this happen”. Whenever I doubt myself she always shows me the light and tells me I can do anything I dream of if I’m willing to work for it.
What gets you angry?
I don’t really get angry often but one thing that upsets me is lies. I can’t tell a lie and I don’t like it when people tell me lies. For me I think being honorable is one of the most important things, it upsets me when people don’t hold honor with importance.
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
That is easy… My guitar, my boyfriend Steve, and our German Shepard Eli.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow. When writing music what recipe do you use?
I like to start with a melody or a lyric idea. Mostly the hook comes at once. For example “I love a southern Fellow” (imagine this with a melody). Then I would brainstorm and build out describing qualities about you.
It’s 2020 so anything can happen. If aliens came to earth and asked about your music, what would you tell them?
I’ll tell them I would write an Anthem for their kind if they would show me their way of the world.
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What is your first fond memory of food?
When I was really little (maybe 3), my brother would make me breakfast. In Australia, we have this breakfast called Weetabix. It’s kind of like Wheat bars. When they are soaked in milk, they turn into mush. I hated them. However, my brother would always put condensed milk on mine. I would say I wanted Weetabix so I could dig a spoon into the condensed milk can.
What is your favorite family tradition?
My favorite Family tradition is Christmas. We have a summer Christmas, we get a blow-up kids pool and sit in it with drinks. We have a Spotify playlist called the “Bangers” playlist, where we all add to the playlist and tease whoever put a non “banger” song on it. Also, we have this goofy photo we keep taking. I’ll add it below.
If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
I think it would be a song about love. It would be sensual and mouthwatering. Then, right at the end, I’d make it clear that I’m talking about food.
What do you have a strong opinion on?
I get very passionate about working for what you want. I feel like our world is all about the quick hit. Sometimes we forget that we have the ability within us to create whatever life we want. I always say don’t be a victim, be a victor!
2020 is a bomb. What do you hope to achieve in 2021?
Despite the global pandemic, 2020 has been a year of making music and doing what I came to Nashville to do. I’ve had a pretty tough beginning moving here. I was broke; I went through a chronic illness and undertook two surgeries. It became more about survival.
This year was the year to focus on thriving, and I think I still achieved that. We spend the lockdown recording my songs and creating a music video. It’s been fun. I hope 2021 I’ll continue to do the same.
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What is the craziest thing you have ever done in the name of love?
I met my boyfriend 3 weeks before flying home to Australia for 2.5 months to avoid the USA winter and recover from my sickness. We kept in touch for a month while I was gone, and he decided to fly out. He met my family and everything after knowing each other for less than two months. He told me to come back to the USA as I still chronically ill and said, “I’ll keep you safe”. We moved in with each other a few weeks later, and we’ve never been happier; my sickness went away too. It was like my body was just traumatized from two years in the USA trying to do it independently.
Tell us about your single “25 Cents in the Ashtray”.
I wrote this song about moving to the USA with nothing and building a life on a quarter. When I’m down and broke, I always try and look at the bright side. I don’t have much, but I have “25 Cents in The Ashtray,” and I’m living my dream.
Is there anything else you want your family at Southern Fellow to know?
I would love for my friends to follow me on Spotify and all streaming services, and If you like my music signup for my mailing list at www.katrinaburgoyne.com for a free EP of unreleased music.
That is Katrina Burgoyne. She has an abundance of heart and determination that will make her shine in country music. She has been on the top of my list this year, and I think Katrina deserves a spot on yours. You can add all of her music to your favorite playlist using your favorite music service. You can find Katrina on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, and YouTube. Before you go counting the change in your ashtray, give that recipe for Rosemary Scented rack of lamb with a Cranberry and Orange Chutney a try. It is one of my personal favorites.
Thank you for tuning in to this interview. We have more music and recipes coming up. Christmas is fastly approaching, so be on the lookout for Southern Fellow’s 12 Days of Christmas. We are going to be bringing cheer with food and music featuring some of your favorite artists. We will see you next time right here on Feed the Band at Southern Fellow.