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Sure she’s of­ten com­pared to Nelly Fur­tado, Gwen Ste­fani, and the late Amy Wine­house but there is some­thing spe­cial about Kat Dahlia. She draws from all the afore­men­tioned ladies to form an amal­ga­ma­tion that is uniquely her. “There’s no other way to stand out than just be­ing your­self,” she says. “I write my own mu­sic. Peo­ple say my voice is very unique and I do this rappy thing that’s kind of dif­fer­ent, but if you re­ally want to break it down, I’m just be­ing my­self.”

Born Ka­tri­ana Huguet, there’s noth­ing she loves more than prov­ing her naysay­ers wrong. She’s waited on ta­bles to fund stu­dio ses­sions, a mu­sic video and an EP, and works hard – in which she walks into the stu­dio and lays down nine tracks in a day! With her in­fec­tious vo­cals, Kat was soon signed on to Epic Records. Want­ing more, she moved to New York where she was knocked off track by a toxic re­la­tion­ship. But what she got out of it was more con­fi­dence and the in­sight to chan­nel her emo­tions into songs.

Her sound al­ter­nates be­tween pure, lyri­cal fire in tracks like “Fuego” and “Fire Man”, and po­et­i­cally pon­der­ing life in “My Gar­den” and “Walk On Wa­ter.” “I feel like a messenger,” she ex­plains. “I want to send a pos­i­tive mes­sage of love and put out good mu­sic that con­stantly chal­lenges me as an artiste.”

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