Katie Harder (formerly known as Katie Vanderzaag) has been surrounded by music for as long as she can remember. Growing up in Melbourne, Victoria, singing along to vinyl Amy Grant records, she soon learnt to play piano and guitar, and was writing her own songs by her early teens. The lead singer in bands and duos throughout high school, being a musician was just what came naturally to Katie. Six months out of high school, this fresh-faced 18 year old was introduced to the world with her debut EP, What It’s Like. Recorded over a couple of months in early 2002, it had barely been pressed and she was off on a three week national tour.
Fast forward 3 years. It’s 2005, and she has just finished her debut full length album, Fragments of a Wandering Mind. Recorded over almost 2 years, it tells the tale of a girl who’s grown up a little, and is ready to share her story with the world. Where her first release told stories of high school, this new collection touches on themes of finding her place in the world, self image, and the realization that being a singer is not necessarily about being on a pedestal.
Of late Katie has been playing solo shows where she captures her audience with a unique vocal style and dynamic guitar playing. She is currently recording a new single with singer songwriter and producer Mike McCarthy called “Drink It In” which has become a hit and a bit of an anthem Amongst her fans. She came second in a Storytellers competition which has been a springboard for her scoring a gig supporting Ash Grunwald in November.
Most of Katie’s songs portray a thought here, an observation there, a reflection, an insight, a question, a statement, a sign pointing forward and a call to others to join the journey. And it’s a journey where everyone is welcome, as Katie Harder tells a story that isn’t just about her, but about you and me, experiencing life together.