Katie Wills Music
Hi, my name is Katie and I am a professional Glasgow based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and tutor.
I front Glasgow based function band, Rough Diamond, but I also do solo functions, weddings and events. I am very versatile and can do a stripped back set with a mixture of acoustic, stripped back vocals and piano, acoustic piano covers and classical piano music for both wedding ceremonies and drinks receptions and/or other types of events. I can also do a more upbeat set for the drinks reception and even the evening entertainment with a mixture of upbeat numbers using backing tracks.
I love to dance and sing with the crowd so if I am booked for your evening entertainment, expect to be singing and dancing along with me. But, if you are also looking for a more stripped back, relaxing and acoustic sound-I can certainly do that too!
For a more detailed insight into my career so far, I have attached my music biography below for those interested;
“Katie is a professional and versatile vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with multitudes of performing experience whether as a soloist or as part of a band. She has been part of several bands including previous college bands, her High School Senior Wind, Jazz and Brass band of which she played trumpet but also had the opportunity to sing as a soloist and with the Jazz Band. She has performed as a soloist, in bands and in choirs, in many concerts, solo gigs, college gigs, care homes, primary schools/toddler groups, events and venues including George Square, the Old Fruitmarket, Paris and for Lord Sebastian Coe at a sports event as well as multiple venues all over Scotland. Playing with these bands also gave Katie the opportunity to compete in prestigious competitions, often winning Platinum, Gold and Silver awards as well as jazz awards.
She is completely versatile in what genres she can sing and can adapt to any given genre and to give a clearer insight, she is able to sing genres such as; Jazz, Pop, Rock, Musical Theatre, Blues, Motown, Singer Songwriter, Folk, Soul, Classical, Heavy Rock, Contemporary Christian Music, Scat including Jazz Standard etc! Vocally wise, she has a highly skilled technical vocal ability in terms of vocal gymnastics, harmonies, melisma and improvisation. She is able to incorporate many different elements of vocal stylings and can improv on cue. She has a deep knowledge and understanding of the voice and how it works as well as vocal techniques and theory. She has had a year's training in Musical Theatre including Estill training and has been in musicals and pantos! She has even led her own Youth Worship Band, working alongside the youth in the youth group as well as volunteering in youth lunch groups in high schools and performing in a Church Worship Band!
She has a wide range of skills and knowledge in Music Theory, Music Business, Music History, Song Writing, Performance, Composition, Entrepreneurship, Logic Pro X and has built up a wide, versatile and lengthy repertoire. She also tends to create arrangements for her own take on a song. She can sight read very well and can learn pieces quickly if needs be. She can also accompany herself on the piano and guitar when singing. She works very closely with harmonies and has a good ear for harmonising and improvising with scales/keys etc and when singing with other vocalists. She has also been part of several recording/session/online collaborative projects involving other collaborators including having recorded vox for library music and TV ads.
She has studied a HNC in Musical Theatre at Motherwell College, HNC-HND Music at the Academy of Music and Sound Glasgow and is planning to go back to university to finish her degree. She has experience of teaching students of all ages and levels of experience as a private tutor and with InTune Music. Katie has also taught at Gymboree Play and Music as an Early Years Development teacher using music and imaginative play. She is also a bank vocal and piano tutor for CultureNL teaching group keybaord classes as well is a vocal and piano tutor with Riverside Music College and a cover tutor with Rookie Rockstars. She is currently also working alongside Nu Moves Dance Studio with their Chorus Classes which may be featuring as a Music Academy in the New Year. She has also volunteered at the Shaw Trust in Edinburgh, delivering song writing workshops as part of their well-being programme.
As well as this, she’s currently the lead vocalist and pianist for newly established Glasgow based function band, Rough Diamond and is also half of the duo Artax, writing vocals/lyrics and recording for an album which is due to be released in May. She has just finished working on a project with an artist who is releasing an album worldwide of which she has recorded vocals for. Lastly, she is also a musician with Genre Music as a resident solo vocalist/pianist with regular gigs, she has also been involved in a few more recording collaborations so far and had organised a successful gig for SAMH raising almost over £200.
Katie has also recently been awarded funding through YoungScot’s Time to Shine Nurturing Fund, of which she is using to record her EP, music video and hold an EP launch too. She has also been selected to take part in an international artist residency in Cuba of which she will be spending two months working alongside the community music and cultural organisations.
Describing herself as a modern-day Stevie Nicks with a little bit of Lzzy Hale, Taylor Momsen, Norah Jones, Adele and Stevie Wonder thrown in the mix, Katie considers herself to be very versatile and experienced in performing and vocals and pride herself on her friendly nature and professionalism. She always takes a professional approach to everything she does and absolutely loves and is incredibly passionate about music and is eager to share that enthusiasm with everybody else out there!”