Singer, songwriter, pianist, and guitarist Katy Kinard isn’t content leaving questions unasked. As a faith-driven lyricist, she will tell you she’s been all kinds of believers: one of childlike, liberated faith; a Pharisee and a legalist; a charismatic miracle seeker; and what she calls a near atheist and “cynical scribe.” But she’s quick to embrace all areas of her journey, the end-all being a consistent pull toward Jesus.
Katy’s influences range from the vocal and lyrical styles of Nichole Nordeman and Natalie Merchant to the conversational style of David Wilcox, within the pop/rock and folk genres. Spiritual influences include writings by Phillip Yancey, Flannery O’ Connor, and C.S. Lewis.
Katy attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN, where she studied commercial music and music business. She focused on writing and recording at Belmont, also having the privilege of performing at the Grand Ole Opry in choirs for artists such as Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, and Taylor Sorenson.
Katy is a winner of the 2013 International CWIMA contest, the ’09 Independent Music Awards Popular Vote, and Embassy Music’s ‘05 regional pick. Her song “World’s Largest Peanut” took first prize in the 2009 International Acoustic Music Awards folk category; her song “Sunshine,” second. She works alongside Be Loud Promotions, organizing tours in multiple states and has recorded and co-produced five albums: “Headed Back” (2005), “You’re Still Better” (2007), “Lullaby Hymns: the weary soul” (2010), “God of Fireflies” (2016), and her latest: “Lullaby Hymns: Christmas” (2020).