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MP3 Katy Kinard - Headed Back

contemplative pop/rock

12 MP3 Songs
SPIRITUAL: Contemporary Christian, POP: Pop/Rock

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"What a beautiful CD! Powerful, smooth vocals with so much personality and soul. Tight band with a sound all their own, fresh and energetic... Clear and professional recording quality, mixed perfectly... Just enough effect for interest but it still feels live. Thanks to Katy for sharing her talent with the rest of the world."

-Rick Beresford
Songwriting coach at Belmont University''s School of Music in Nashville, TN


“Katy''s music is blessed and heartfelt--introspective, and connects at
the heart.  Her passion is infectious and true!”  

-Stace Whitmier, Music Director, WAY FM radio


“Katy’s music—an exploration of her faith and observations on life—is written with a great deal of attention to lyrical creativity and the building of appealing melodies!”

-Adrian Stanley, Music Critic, The Gazette


"Headed Back is a quantum leap ahead of Katy''s eponymous CD, especially when it comes to the overall arrangements, production elements, and the confidence in Katy''s vocal delivery. She and Bill Renfrew
obviously spent a lot of time dissecting the dynamic of each song from the stripped-down originals, and then added considered elements to truly bring them to much fuller vitality.

WHEN YOU FOUND ME: This is certainly a great way to start the album, showcasing all the best elements of Katy''s songwriting, production, and setting the tone of the story that will unfold in subsequent tracks. C.S. Lewis would be proud of the line: "even happiness would envy all the joy." Very strong.

TO BE FREE: A great choice as track 2. Helps to show where Katy''s faith search began to take some different directions. Terrific hook. Like the way the bridge drops down to a real pensive state before building back up. The lower BGV''s sung underneath the call-backs in the final chorus are brilliant. Favorite lines: "every cell rebels against your allegiance," "lift me up when you''ve had enough" (I envision a parent lovingly picking up a crying toddler), and "every tear will mend somehow." Torn fabric is a strong metaphor that is underused.

SPRING: Achingly melancholy. If a lullabye helps put one to sleep, then what helps us awaken...a "lulla-hi"? (wink) Lovely string arrangements, especially enjoyable is the grainy, deep timbre of the baritone violin-nearly sounds like a cello. Adding the birds was a nice touch.

THE WAY YOU LOVE: Katy does a power ballad! Break out the lighters and start to sway! The arrangement really makes the song so much more vigorous. Favorite lines: "I love the way you change the name of everything you touch," "I love you for your zeal to keep me searching still," and "I love the way the price you paid was just enough" (a couple more internal rhymes...Katy does this several times throughout the album...am a big fan of this). "Just" in the last line could also mean "justification," which is a clever play on words in the context. Nice use of the piano coda at end, which then segues almost seamlessly into....

HI: Something I admire about Katy''s songwriting is that some of the melodies and arrangements sound more like something lifted out of a musical drama. She doesn''t always use more traditional formats for in structure. Hence, the unpredictability of her approach is fresh and serves the stance she''s trying to project in the narrative. There''s a tension that gives sinew to her lyric.

FOR YOU: I''m sure Katy labored hard over this lyric...congrats to her for turning out three sections that tie-together nicely. The slow-down in tempo at the end of the second chorus is quite effective. The final stanza is such a nice twist, taking the questioning/frustration of giving up a loved one from Man''s perspective to God''s. But overall, there''s a resolve to the piece that keeps it from stumbling under the weight of heavy-laden questions.

ISOLATION: One of my favorites. Poses the very tough questions regarding fear, the primary one being "so is it really up to me" to turn from it? Good line: "all around me lies the faith I used to feed." Again, the dramatic use of slowing the pace of the song down and building it back up for the big crescendo finish serves the drama of the story-line well.

WEDDING SONG: Another bittersweet ballad. Nice angle of looking at our waywardness from Christ''s perspective...how He is longing for "the good old days." Top lines: "every step made you cry as you met me there," "like a candle falls in flames, you surrendered all your shame," and "child of mine, why do you now hold onto blame?"

STILL A DREAM: So fond of the jazzy groove, and Katy''s twisty vocals. The piano/violin blend dances over the top and is so lilting. The three verbs of "speak," "know," and "love" at the end of each of the "I don''t want you to tolerate me" triplets really summarize the song. I think the ultimate desire of human existence, both with each other and with God, is to be understood. Perhaps as much as Katy has directed these thoughts towards race relations, it is also applicable in her wrestling with transcendence.

IS GOD GONNA SAY: The heart-rending honesty of this song makes it one of the highlights of the collection. The instrumental break serves the song well-adding to the ache. "What have I done but stolen my innocence, broken my heart...believing myself to be wise-I am a fool." Powerful. David, Job, and even Christ asked these same hard questions "Lord, why have you forsaken me?" before eventually committing themselves into God''s ultimate will despite their private (and even public) misgivings.

HERE: This seems to be an adjoining piece to "Is God Gonna Say". A postscript of sorts. The primary question is still voiced "it''s been hard to love the choice I chose, when it seemed to me you''d all but disappeared;" However, like a solid David Wilcox song (which this reminds me of at times) she rounds the corner in the strong second verse with the tender and vulnerable eaglette metaphor.

WORLD''S LARGEST PEANUT: What a terrific close to this collection! It has some of the most profound musings of Katy''s current state, and she''s crafted them skillfully. Whether it''s fun observations like "fruit stand scented skies--they ride along with me," or "precious ones stick out their tongues and pass me by" (yet two more internal rhymes); or deeper contemplation like "who''d want to miss a life worth living if it''s worth living right?--With justified peace on the inside," or "now, every shaky ride might just be the side grate saying ''stay on the interstate-there''s so much joy this way...'' so much joy," it appears Katy has found the balance needed at the times when the tight rope of her reflective life becomes precarious.

In summary, it seems the upshot of Headed Back is "fear versus faith." Taken as a whole, I think listeners will not only hear Katy''s heart, but will sense the same yearnings within their own. By my accounting, that defines good art."

-Mark Hollingsworth
Manager of Radio Marketing, Compassion International
Former manager of Petra, Sixpence None the Richer, and SmallTown Poets



Singer, pianist, and songwriter Katy Kinard isn''t content leaving questions unasked... questions that linger in the hearts of many Christians today but often stay inside. As a seeker, she will tell you she''s been all kinds of people: one of childlike, liberated faith; a Pharisee and a legalist; a charismatic and a miracle seeker; what she calls a “near atheist;” a cynic, and a non-denominational scribe. But she''s quick to embrace all areas of her journey through her music, asking questions and offering tentative answers that have come through them all.
Katy''s influences range from the vocal and lyrical styles of Nichole Nordeman, Jennifer Knapp, and Plumb, to the conversational style of David Wilcox, to the soulful influence of Martina McBride. Spiritual influences include writings of C.S. Lewis, Flannery O'' Connor, and Phillip Yancey...and the occasional Veggie Tales video.
Katy lets melody and lyrics take precedence in her songwriting; evident in the way she writes (often alone in her car, without instrumentation). Her songwriting days started at the age of thirteen and even then were about complex issues of spirituality, death, and love...issues she hadn''t even experienced but which intrigued her by their profoundness.
Katy''s opportunities to perform on stage began with annual talent shows from grade school through high school. Originally an aspiring country music singer, she sang and performed around her hometown of Woodland Park, CO, including three years at summer festivals in downtown Colorado Springs, two years at their New Year''s Eve festivals, and twice as a featured artist at the Colorado Music Hall.
College proved a significant change in the direction of her music. At Belmont University in Nashville, TN, Katy was introduced to a wide range of Christian music, and as her spiritual journey deepened, her music reflected those changes. As a contemporary Christian artist, she was chosen to perform for various campus events, including their 2001 ASCAP/BMI/SESAC ethics conference, Martin Luther King Jr. events, and “writers in the round."  Katy majored in commercial music and music business, and sang as a member of the Belmont Chorale.  She focused on writing and recording at Belmont, completing two albums in the Belmont studios.  She performed at the Grand Ole Opry in backup choirs for artists such as Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, and Taylor Sorenson.  During her college years and today, Katy plays at Colorado coffee shops and churches, the Springspree summer festivals, the Woodland Park Cultural Center, and the Children’s Ark.  In Nashville, she makes the rounds at coffee shops, churches, and clubs such as the Bluebird Cafe, Bongo After Hours, and the French Quarter Cafe.

Katy’s song: “Here,” was played on over 30 radio stations in the past year. Last fall, she won a recording artist competition through Embassy Music''s Talent Search, taking her place as one of Tennessee''s regional winners. Currently she is a semi-finalist (top 100 chosen) for the Independent Music Awards, judged by TAXI And Billboard Magazine. In addition to Katy’s 2005 album, “Headed Back,” she is recording a sophomore CD at Dark Horse Recording Studio in Nashville and preparing for a southeast U.S. tour in the spring.  
Katy''s heart is to see people comforted and awakened spiritually, and emotionally. But she is quick to say that she also needs awakening, and that her search will continue as long as there are questions.
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