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Katie Dobbins - Full Bio

Katie Dobbins draws from a music palette of contemporary folk and new country. With a mastery of storytelling and the heart of a poet, this soulful songstress captures elements of life and relationships in ways that lift spirits and challenge the soul. Dobbins' powerful yet comforting vocal tones draw you in and paint her lyrical truths into images that stay with you. Dobbins' Let The Music Set You Free movement, which inspires personal freedom and self-empowerment, has brought her to stages all around New England, including Boston-Area favorites The Lizard Lounge and The Burren. Her debut album She Is Free (released 2017) was described by The Deli Magazine as "a deeply personal record that is full of reflective poetry and messages of love . . . bringing to mind Jewel's Pieces of You." Throughout her record and live performances, Dobbins creates a warm inviting atmosphere that leaves her listeners longing for more. 

Katie Dobbins - Short Bio

With a mastery of storytelling and the heart of a poet, Katie Dobbins captures elements of life and relationships in ways that lift spirits and challenge the soul. Her debut album She Is Free (released 2017) was described by The Deli Magazine as "a deeply personal record that is full of reflective poetry and messages of love . . . bringing to mind Jewel's Pieces of You." The comforting texture of her voice accompanied by her beautiful guitar or piano creates a warm inviting atmosphere that leaves her listeners longing for more. 

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Press

"The time and attention Dobbins put fourth when making this album shows in the nine songs, which give insight into her life and her journey back to music. I thoroughly enjoyed taking this voyage with her, whether it was empowering, heartwarming or even heartbreaking. I highly recommend checking out this album."

-Jon Pappalardo, WATD

"She Is Free [is] a deeply personal record that is full of reflective poetry and messages of love. At its core, She is Free is a pop record, bringing to mind Jewel's Pieces of You, but Dobbins reveals her eclectic nature through traditional folk instruments, horns, and the occasional twangy pedal steel."

-Brian Varneke, The Deli Magazine

"Good clean fun is what you are going to get off this CD. Dobbins has a nice spirit about her, an earnestness that glows, that believes in love and family, no matter the odds."

-Rob Azevedo, The Concord Monitor

"[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

"Coupling a contemporary folk foundation with new country embellishments, Dobbins’ music, though reminiscent of Jewel and Colbie Caillat, establishes itself solidly in a genre all its own."

-Limelight Magazine

Testimonials

"With Katie Dobbins the message is as important and symbiotic with the music.  With gorgeous harmony and song Katie lyrically weaves in stories of healing, growing and moving forward through the struggles of life.  The good energy of the audiences along with the positive vibe on stage makes for a wonderful experience.”  -Tom Bianchi, Boston Music Presenter & Performer

"Katie Dobbins has the ability to make you think while sharing a musical message of hope, love and happiness. Her debut album She is Free captures all of that in just 9 tracks. From the moment her beautiful voice opens with 'Something to be Found' to the closing track of 'Puzzles' you can't help but smile." -John Shea, 95.9 WATD

"Katie is an artist who writes and sings of love observed, wings of freedom, the value in breakups, her daddy, and just plain ole life. Her voice carries notes of high hope and aspiration, of pain, disappointment, and justifiable relief over love lost: he loved himself, not her..." -Terry Melle, Gilmanton Year-Round Library

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Radio Appearances

Previous Venues

Live Performances:

The Lizard Lounge - Cambridge, MA

The Burren - Somerville, MA

The Lilypad - Cambridge, MA

Blue - Portland, ME

Radio Bean - Burlington, VT

Uncharted Gallery - Lowell, MA

Pitman's Freight Room - Laconia, NH

Dedham Square Coffeehouse - Dedham, MA

Life Alive - Cambridge, MA

Brew'd Awakening - Lowell, MA

Stoughton House of Brews - Stoughton, MA

Midway Cafe - Jamaica Plain, MA

The Bebop - Boston, MA

The Corner House Inn - Sandwich, NH

Gilmanton Year-Round Library - Gilmanton, NH

Boston Public Market - Boston, MA

New England College - Concord, NH

Outdoor Pre Fireworks Show - Meredith, NH

Burlington Farmers' Market - Burlington, MA

Porch Fest - Somerville, MA

Porch Fest - Jamaica Plain, MA

 

Live Radio Appearances:

WTPL Pick of the Week on The Pulse, 107.7, Concord NH

WLKZ Backstage on The Hawk, 104.9, Concord NH

WATD Almost Famous, 95.9 FM, South Shore MA

WMNH Granite State of Mind, 95.3 FM, Manchester NH

WEMF Citywide Blackout, Boston MA

WKXL Granite State of Mind, 103.9 FM, Concord NH

 

Has shared stages with:

The Promise Is Hope, Three at Home, Hana Kahn, Molly Brule, Ryan Sweezey, Olivia Frances, Louis Apollon, Rachel Marie, Maxwell Bailey, Walker Smith, Banded Starling, Late Night Thoughts, Age, Lucas Roy, & Tim Shannon

 

 

Awards

Finalist at 2017 Belknap County Fair Performance Contest

Inquiries

Press photos

PC: Kris Dobbins

PC: Kris Dobbins

5/7/17 CD Release Show @ The Burren Backroom
PC: Michael Cunningham

5/7/17 CD Release Show @ The Burren Backroom PC: Michael Cunningham

10/20/17 "Let The Music Set You Free" @ The Lilypad Cambridge, PC: Torianna Palmer

10/20/17 "Let The Music Set You Free" @ The Lilypad Cambridge, PC: Torianna Palmer

7/18/17 "Let The Music Set You Free" @ The Lizard Lounge Cambridge, PC: Emily Graham-Handley

7/18/17 "Let The Music Set You Free" @ The Lizard Lounge Cambridge, PC: Emily Graham-Handley

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