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She can sing you to the depths of your longing
or shake you alive with her beats. Since 2008 Katie Scullin has been that little engine—chugging up the hill and gaining momentum with her lyrics, lights and loveliness. From quiet listening rooms to high-energy festivals she easily conjures sublime melodies and moody sensations with a tap of the toe and a strum of her guitar. We want to be there with her. In the light. In the darkness. She makes it look so easy, and we immediately feel like a confidante. Scullin continues to challenge herself and her sound by diving into new projects and producing impressive works as an independent artist.
In 2009 Scullin’s rock group Rivalry played Wisconsin’s largest music festival Summerfest in the Emerging Artist Series. A couple years later she took the stage as front woman with techno-soul group Star Persons who reached great heights in the Madison area being nominated and winning multiple Madison Area Music Awards, playing The Taste of Madison and opening for the likes of Bone Thugs & Harmony and Big Sean. Scullin nabbed a nomination for “Best Alternative Artist” at the Madison Area Music Awards in 2011. Two years after the birth of her son, in 2013 she released her first solo project EP “She Smiled” and a year later was crowned Best Singer/Songwriter by 105.5 Triple M's Project M Competition as well as Best Local Musician in the Jefferson County Daily Poll. She has since opened and shared stages with acts such as Jay Leno, Brett Michaels & Uncle Cracker.
Her style shifts and changes and it’s all inspired. In 2016 The Walrus (An Experimental Project), produced with help from producer Hunter Connors Herm, showcased Scullin’s amazing range and acute collaborative instincts. In the dream-like rock lullaby sequence, our vocal dynamo is backed by Darren Marabelli and D.J. Scullin on guitar, Travis Drumm on drums, and Nate Wiswall on bass.
Whether peddling a razor-sharp ballad or an energetic pop track Scullin commands attention. And now—finally—she’s bringing it all home in a full-length album called Pieces, funded by her successful Kickstarter campaign raising a whopping $21,000 by her fans and landing her track "Porch Hangs" at number one on the Top 41 of 2017 by WSUM/ Maximum Ink Radio. This collection of tunes which highlights Scullin’s trademark soothing cadence and innocent curiosity brings all the feels. From catchy “You and I” to the rolling jam “Dream Awake” it’s easy to see why she’s the musical darling of backwoods pubs, celebratory stages and your own hallowed livingroom. She’s a master at her craft and has got energy and emotion to spare.