Award winning singer-songwriter and light warrior Katie Dobbins seeks to share honest music that captivates listeners and brings light to the darkness. With a mastery of storytelling and the heart of a poet, this soulful songstress captures elements of life and relationships in ways that lift the spirit and challenge the soul. Her album There Is Light, produced by multi-award-winning producer Sean McLaughlin of 37' Productions, was awarded Album of the Year at the 2021 Limelight Music Awards. Her single There’s a Light, mastered by Grammy-nominated engineer Jeff Lipton, was featured on Spotify’s New Friday Christian playlist. Her music has been featured on prominent radio stations like NPR and “Boston’s Hottest Country,” with host Carolyn Kruse raving “Sweet but bold, Katie’s voice is reminiscent of one of her heroes, Jewel, but only deeper… A fearless spirit with a gentle touch.” Dobbins just released her newest single Just Cause I Can, a song that tells a series of stories incorporating life experience with a bit of hyperbole to hit home the theme: just ‘cause I can doesn’t mean I should. The track was mixed and mastered by Emmy-nominated producer Brian Coombes of Rocking Horse Studio (NH), whom Katie is currently recording more music with to be released over the next several months.
"[Dobbins'] sound lands her in a more traditional folk style, but you pick up trace derivatives of country interspersed throughout that gives her an added advantage among all the other up and coming acts in the scene today. It's not too often you encounter an artist experimenting with such authentic drive and precision, and with an artist of a high caliber like Katie delivering such a pristine and elegant voice, you will definitely be spellbound by her talent."
~ Music Box Pete
With moving lyrics and mesmerizing melodies, folk-pop artist Katie Dobbins captivates audiences and opens hearts. Whether performing solo or with a band, in front of twenty or one-hundred people, Dobbins brings energy and a personal touch to every show. A story-teller at heart, her catchy words and sense of humor will have you nodding and singing along in no time. Since the release of her debut album, She Is Free (2017), Dobbins has been featured by several renown New England press outlets and radio stations including NPR and Boston's WATD. In August 2018, she was awarded "Best in NH" at The New England Music Awards. She was also nominated for Album of the Year (She Is Free) and Music Video of the Year (Post It Notes).
Since the release of She Is Free, Dobbins has spent her musical career sharing her personal songs and stories about finding herself, pursuing dreams, and cherishing relationships while boldly exhorting listeners to set themselves free to live, love, and follow their own passions. Recorded at The Recording Co-op, an old barn that had been converted into a beautiful music studio, She Is Free received critical acclaim. Brian Varneke of Deli Magazine called it "a deeply personal record full of reflective poetry and messages of love," and Music Box Pete described Dobbins' sound as "derived within the folk and country mindset, with a realistic and down home sound that transports you directly to Nashville by way of Boston." For Dobbins, it was a personal declaration that fear would no longer hold her back, and that she had been set free to live with passion, expectation for great things, and love.
Dobbins' sophomore album, There Is Light (2019), contains remarkably honest songs that capture seasons of both hardship and joy, but hold onto the hope that light will always illuminate and overpower darkness. The songs range a variety of genres, incorporating elements of folk, pop, and country, and dreamlike qualities that connect them all. This second album is a clear evolutionary step for Dobbins, with increased depth and range vocally, lyrically, and musically that together make her unique way of describing personal relationships and life challenges even more powerful and compelling. Full of songs that explore the intimate relationship of despair and hope with the human spirit, There Is Light reveals Dobbins as more seasoned in both life and her artistry. The album was awarded Album of the Year at the 2021 Limelight Music Awards and the 2019 WMWM Mascot Awards. Also nominated for Album of the Year at The 2019 New England Music Awards, the album is currently available on all digital streaming platforms.
Dobbins returned to her New Hampshire roots in 2020 after living in the Greater Boston area for nearly a decade. She has felt drawn to music for as long as she can remember, and started dabbling on the piano as early as age 5. In middle school, a friend taught her a few guitar chords, and she has been writing her own songs ever since. Dobbins loved performing from a young age, jumping at every opportunity to get on stage. This included coffee houses, talent shows, and musicals. However, in a personal interview with Boston Voyager (read the entire interview here), Dobbins exclaims how fear kept her from running after her musical dreams during her late teens and early twenties, but that since she's become reacquainted with her childhood passions, it's been an incredible and exciting journey. In 2021 Dobbins made the bold, life changing decision to pursue music full time, making a video announcement encapsulating her journey up to that point and moving forward. In 2022 Dobbins began learning music production and has released some self-produced music on her Patreon page The Starlight Lounge, her YouTube channel, and on streaming platforms - with a new self-produced single set to release on May 26, 2023.
In addition to writing and performing music, Dobbins taught special education for over nine years. Her teaching experience is often apparent on stage, as she makes jokes or asks questions of the audience. She gives credit to her music journey to God, as her faith has been a foundation in her life and her music. Dobbins grew her artistry and faith while leading worship with the band at StoryHeights Church in Newton MA for years and currently leads worship at Alpine Church in Gilford NH. she continues to write songs about her faith, though none of those have hit the recording studio yet. In her free time she loves getting outside in every season. One of her most enjoyed outdoor activities is hiking, and she is in the process of hiking all 48 4,000+ New Hampshire peaks. These experiences influenced the writing of Mountain Song, which is on her sophomore album. Dobbins also has a love for crafting and writing and hopes to write a book one day. You can find some of her handmade art here.
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"There is an inner child in all of us, and if we're too adaptive to the world around us, that child can get buried so deep within that it is no longer recognizable. The pressures of life will weigh us down if we don't actively pursue uninhibited joy, true passion, and boundless hope."