Born in Leicester, raised in East Anglia, having lived in London and now residing Kent, Katie Leone doesn’t fit into any particular stereotype.
Brought up in the countryside in an area with no diversity, black music stood out to her as something really beautiful that she connected with and a vibe she wanted to tap into. As a sixteen year old, Katie was obsessed with the vocal on Erma Franklin’s “Another Piece of my Heart” and she desperately wanted that deep yet feminine passion that Erma emanated on that record.
Throughout her teens Katie experimented with different styles and instruments but it was her first vocal coach who picked up on her natural soul leanings. Still, influenced by everything from Bjork to Pink Floyd, Katie tried her hand at most styles, including heavy rock and even opera! But it was when she went on to study music further at college that she realised that her vocation lay in Soul, Funk, Jazz and RnB.
A prolific writer from an early age (she gave her first public performance at the age of 12, performing a song that she wrote herself) Katie knew that this was something that she always wanted to do – to be an artist in her own right. Gigging constantly from her late teens, Katie honed her considerable vocal skills, earning a living through session work. Moving to London in the early Noughties, Katie began lecturing at music colleges in the UK and abroad, whilst providing diva-style vocals to dance tracks and singing in jazz clubs.
Katie’s career continued to develop, stepping up on both a professional and artistic level and she found herself working with artists as diverse as Lou Reed, Soulpersona, Jocelyn Brown, Princess Freesia, Leon Ware, Roy Ayers, Reel People (featuring Tony Momrelle), Imaani, Omar, Chaka Khan,and many others from the cream of the soul scene. Katie was also subsequently spotted and recruited by Bluey from Incognito and she continues to tour as a fully signed up member of Britain’s finest jazz funk band to this day.