#ETJbabe: The Beautiful and Talented Katherine Penfold

This month, we featured singer/songwriter Katherine Penfold in our Fall Favorites simply because she's just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside. At our initial meeting to discuss jewelry design for her upcoming album cover, I was blown away by this lady boss. She's talented, driven, smart, AND a sweetheart. As we became friends, I had the opportunity to peel back the layers and learn more about her and what her music stood for. She's not just a musician, she's an advocate for self-empowerment.

Referred to as the warrior for love, gratitude, and self-acceptance, Katherine Penfold’s music is a testament to positivity, hope, and promise. Raised on Bette Midler and Barbara Streisand, inspired by Odesza, Joss Stone, and Ella Fitzgerald, Penfold’s music is melodic, colorful, and unapologetic. On course to releasing a series of new singles over the next several months, the upcoming tracks will follow her well-received track, “Room to Breathe”. 


KP wearing ETJ: Diamond Evil Eye Necklace & Ellipse Pyrite Necklace

ET: When did you start singing? And when did it transition from a hobby into a career?

KP: I started singing when I was 14 - after a teacher asked me to sing in front of my school for a project. It was terrifying, but it was at that point my parents realized it was something I could do (with a lot more practice hehe). It was instantly a career. My father bought me a keyboard and we started traveling all over central Canada doing shows throughout my Highschool days. 

ET: With the current release of your first single "Room to Breathe", what was going through your mind when you were writing the lyrics?

Writing the lyrics to any of my songs happens very quickly. Every singer/songwriter writes differently and my writing happens all at once in about 10 minutes. It was late at night after a VERY long day in the studio and I was trying to write something quietly before the next day and Room to Breathe just flowed out.

ET: When you wrote your lyrics, did you intend to have an underlying theme for your songs?

KP: The songs are based around my past experiences and what I want for the future. It was only once we were finished with the writing process that we realized the songs formed exactly what I'm trying to achieve with my career - giving people a little hope, empowering them to be who they are, and the message of being a warrior for yourself to create the best future. 

ET: I can't wait to hear your new single on November 1st! Can you tell us more about it?

KP: We are mastering "Don't Look Back" as I type! We've been spending more time on this one, getting it just right, and I CAN'T tell you how excited I am to release it.


ET: Earlier this year, you recorded some Blues / Jazz vocals. A friend of mine even saw you perform with Hugh Laurie at the Cellar a while back. Will you continue to release songs in this genre?

KP: Yes, yes, yes! It's a really big goal throughout the Pop music I'm releasing at the moment to continue to share how I got to this point. Without my utter obsession with Blues and Jazz, there would be no Pop music. We'll be releasing a Blues project in the near future to keep that thread running because it's such an important part of my process, and I want my listeners to know all about it.

ET: In addition to singing and songwriting, are you working on any other creative outlets that we don't know about? 

KP: There are a lot of creative outlets I love, yes. :D Right now I'm turning my focus onto an e-book I'm writing - journaling about one's everyday gratitude to increase wellness. It's something I've been doing for years, and it's changed my life entirely, so it's something I want to share alongside this new music.

ET: You are quite the creative force. I've also seen your amazing work with video production. What got you into video? Do you have any other projects coming up?

KP: My father is a video producer, so I began learning about video cameras, editing, script writing, etc for as long as I can remember. It was only a few years ago I picked up a DSLR and realized I loved creating little videos and since then, that's been my "Day Job"! Lately, I've been working with the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, creating dozens of small videos about different artists that take part in the weekend.

Video Production by KP | Behind the Scenes with Emmy Trinh Jewelry
Video Production by KP | Waacking by Karina Chumachenko 

ET: It sounds like you've got a lot of things on the go! How do you manage it all?

KP: My advice is to continue believing in yourself and your dream. Take the mistakes, the setbacks and the low times, accept them (say hi to them), and then get back on course and try again. Keep a great planner, journal, and juicy pen in your pocket and use them always. 

Thank you, Katherine for giving us a glimpse into the many facets of your life and sharing your upcoming projects. I'm super excited to hear the new single!

If you like what you hear, pick up your copy on Apple Music.

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