KATIE MILLER is an artist from the rolling valleys of Esterhazy, Saskatchewan and is passionate about living life in the present moment and connecting with people through her music, writing and photography.   

Singersongwriter/Recording Artist *Facebook* Katie draws on inspiration from her own life on the prairies, her songs reflecting the importance of being true to yourself and finding light out the darkness. Katie has released two folk-rock albums to date: Silverflower (2015) and A New Day (2016). "The relationship Katie has with music leaves one feeling that the music can indeed recreate the self." ~ Angela Shaffer, punchland.com (Brooklyn, NY) *Full Interview* 

Photographer *Facebook* Katie captures her love of nature and the beauty of the prairie landscape in her photos. Prints are available for purchase in various mediums, including metal, canvas and photoboard. Katie is available for bookings as a freelance photographer on location for portraits and events. "You have a special gift." I always look forward to your photos." ~ Instagram follower.

This December 


This December has brought me new ideas and new connections. I am an optimist and I believe in humankind: humans are kind. With all the talk on social media these past few months about the world in such critical condition, my thoughts formed around the penning of a new song, entitled, "This December." I attribute John Lennon's "Imagine" as a source for inspiration for this song, as it's a song I have always related to with my own personal thoughts about our world.  I performed "This December" for the first time at my hometown's annual community carol festival and then the following week on CTV Regina Morning Live (click to view). I headed to the studio straight from CTV to Nebulus Entertainment in Moose Jaw to record it as I decided to include it on my next album. Another new idea for this album was my decision to add mandolin to some of the tracks, which all came about after meeting up with fellow Saskatchewan musician, Thomas Roussin (most know him from his project, "The Grain Report"), at a local jam night a couple months ago. I absolutely love his mandolin playing and am excited to have him join me for some future live shows:)
 

Autumn Recording Sessions 

It has been a busy fall preparing for the recording of my second album, and and now that I've spent some time in the studio, I'm happy to say that the recording process has been going smooth like the lake at sunset thanks to Jared Robinson at Nebulus Entertainment in Moose Jaw. Jared has been great to work with and he really gets my vision of the sonic quality I want this album to have, which is a sound comparable to my live shows with my trio. I'm very excited to have bandmates, Kathy Travis and Shaun Bleich, playing on this album, and know they will have a great experience this week in the studio!

Sandy Lake, Steve Earle and Dave the Bartender 

I had way too much fun at my last Manitoba summer show at the Sandy Lake Hotel.  Who doesn't love a great crowd and impromptu performances by random musicians who just so happen to be there? It's always those unplanned moments that are the most memorable. We were all treated to some mean Steve Earle covers by Riley Kling from Birtle, Manitoba, whom I met for the first time that night. Riley had come upon my music online and the next thing you know, he's at my show along with his guitar, signed by Steve Earle at the "Meet & Greet" before Steve Earle's concert a few days before in Russell, Manitoba, quietly asking if he could play a few songs in between my sets. Riley wowed us all and I look forward to having him perform with me again in the future. As the evening flowed, a couple of people put a bug in my ear that I should get Dave the bartender up to sing "House of the Rising Sun." Yep, I can play this one, but will Dave sing it? I've never heard Dave sing before, but neither had I heard Riley Kling either! There was no hesitation when asked, as Dave gave a nod and modestly stepped up to the mic, and belted it out while I hammered away on the guitar. It was icing on the cake at the end of the night: sweeeeet! 

Manitoba Memories 

I've been thoroughly enjoying my tour in Manitoba this summer and it's always fun playing at a new venue. My July started off at the classic "Wigwam" Restaurant at Clear Lake in Riding Mountain National Park. The Neighbourhood Bookstore & Cafe in Winnipeg was a cozy refuge on a rainy night where Oreo Cheesecake appeared to be the popular item of the night. Sam's Place in Winnipeg has the friendliest staff and I appreciated the applause from the kitchen. A highlight was playing at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival at "The Cube," in the Old Market Square, the core of Winnipeg's historic exchange district. I sat in awe the day before at the Fringe, taking in the set by "Slow Leaves," the recording name of Winnipeg's own Grant Davidson. Love his music! Farmhouse Bistro and Tavern was my next stop in Virden where I was treated like family. If you've never been there before, you are missing out on a fantastic venue just off the #1 Hwy: awesome food, farmhouse atmosphere & down-to-earth people! I'll be back at the Wigwam at Clear Lake in August and then will finish off at my favourite summer place, the Sandy Lake Hotel for their 14th Anniversary. Thanks Manitoba!
FLOWERS ON THE SUN is my favourite song on my album, A New Day, and was inspired by a note my son wrote when he was four years old, which consisted solely of those four words. I thought it was beautiful and called it his first poem. I saved the note and years later, I formed this song about nature, the environment, and how humankind must be proactive in protecting this beautiful planet for many generations to come.

FLOWERS ON THE SUN is my favourite song on my album, A New Day, and was inspired by a note my son wrote when he was four years old, which consisted solely of those four words. I thought it was beautiful and called it his first poem. I saved the note and years later, I formed this song about nature, the environment, and how humankind must be proactive in protecting this beautiful planet for many generations to come.

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