"I have always strived to do and say what I believe and in the end relentlessly be myself" Katie Trotta 2005 Did it all begin with the piano lessons that started in second grade or the fifth grade teacher who made everyone keep a journal? The years of classical piano training and ability to place what is in her heart on paper were the seeds that 20 year old Katie Trotta needed to find her true passion as a singer/songwriter. In her debut album, "release", Katie's spirit is clearly heard through her thought provoking words. This singer/songwriter wanted her first album to include only songs written during her high school years. Katie finished recording "release" in the fall of her senior year, two months after her eighteenth birthday. The months since the March 2004 release of her debut album have been extremely exciting and full of "firsts" for Katie. Graduating from high school, going to college for a semester and beginning a performing career has made time fly. As a classically trained pianist and skilled improvisationist, Katie has performed in many settings but had only shared her original piano/vocal pieces on a few occasions at school and with family and friends before the albums release. In the time since, she has won over audience after audience with her soulful and genuine performances. At barely 20 years old Katie has performed in many settings from cozy coffeehouses to loud bars to auditoriums with crowds ranging from 5 to several thousand. At each show the singer/songwriter connects with her audience as she performs both songs from her album and new pieces. She draws in her audiences with her heartfelt songs and makes them feel at home with her warm manner and dry wit as she talks about her music and her life. Katie performs all original sets as a solo artist, a duo with guitarist Corey Miller or beginning in September 2005 with her newly formed band. Band members include Corey Miller â€' guitar and back-up vocals, Terry Voss - bass, and Jon Lauman â€' drums. The band will be in the studio recording their first EP in the winter of 2005. Faith, family and friends are the center to Katie's life. She is committed to be true to her faith and values as she continues in the exciting journey ahead. Always thankful, Katie knows that she is truly blessed to have the gift of music in her life.