3 quick questions . . .
with Kristy Coote
Kristy Coote is an Australian singer-songwriter who has worked in the music industry for over a decade. On her website she lists her influences as Ingrid Michaelson and Sheryl Crow. Her signature sound is described as an “acoustic, rootsy brand of pop music (that) has taken her on a worldwide journey, resulting in songs being placed into rotation on radio stations in the U.S., Bermuda, and Australia.”
Her musical resume includes such songs as “I’m Not That Girl” which climbed to number one on the Worldwide Independent Radio Network. Her songs—“on John Butler’s nationally distributed Home Grown Roots III Compilation, ‘Chocolate Days’ and ‘Calling All You Wanted Angels’ also reached number one.”
She has spent months in the US composing and recording new material. Following a brief break in her homeland, she will venture back to The States for the official release of her new disc titled Favourite Things and return once again to performing live. Her newest single is titled “Free Wind”.
Here are the three questions asked of Coote:
1. Do you remember your first paid gig and what was it like when you first decided you wanted to be a professional musician?
Kristy Coote: My first paid gig was back in 2000 when I was in a covers duo based in Sydney, Australia. It was such an amazing feeling to be paid to sing. You think, “Oh wow so I’m actually good enough to do this!” From then on I knew I wanted to be a professional singer and then a year later I was writing my own songs. I was getting exposure and actually getting paid for singing my own material. Now that was a magical feeling. Everyone should give their passion a go as their career.
2. What’s it like to be woman in the music industry? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Explain.
Kristy Coote: Where’s my knowledge nugget? With streaming and more outlets for artists to get out there, I think the importance of gender is diminishing as people are more doing their own thing.
These days being a ‘woman’ in the music industry is very empowering. I have always looked up to strong independent female artists such as, Pink, Madonna and Alicia Keys. Inspired by them, these women have taught me that anything is possible and now I have my own label and music publishing company.
I don’t think there’s a difference between a male or female these days in the music industry. Everyone is equal. It all depends on the individual and their drive. It takes a lot of work and you have to be willing to give 100 percent of your time to your project.
3. What’s next?
Kristy Coote: I have recently launched my new single, “Free Wind” in the states and it is going really well with radio play in America. My album, Favourite Things, will be launched in February 2016, following a tour in Australia and the U.S. It has a very indie pop sound, a bit like Ingrid Michelson.
Alongside this, I also support my “Favourite” charity Wings of Kilimanjaro which helps Tanzania with clean water and education. I think it’s very important to help others less fortunate than ourselves.
So there you have it, boys and girls, 3 quick answers from Kristy Coote. Hopefully, you found these 3 quick questions entertaining and interesting.
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