Born in Tokyo and raised in NZ, Kat McDowell has always loved music. While drawing inspiration from artists like The Police and Jason Mraz, and growing up listening to J-pop. Kat's fun Ocean Pop sound delivered in a blend of Japanese and English is definitely her own.
Her career kick started when her first record went to no 1. on the vinyl charts in Japan selling out after two days, and has since released 3 albums and appeared on several TV commercials. She has also performed at festivals like Summersonic and has opened for artists like Switchfoot and Colbie Caillat.
Her mission is to connect people through music, which shows through her openness in her youtube videos and highly interactive performances. In 2015 she was a top 5 finalist in the Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter competition out of 14,000 submissions and in 2016 her youtube channel was selected as a winner in Youtube Next Up’s creator program.
She successfully crowdfunded her new Ten year anniversary album “TEN” in 2017 and will be out in the Spring of 2018.
When Kat’s not singing for a princess in Japan, girls in a safe house in Nicaragua, or at a college in Oregon, she’s in the studio recording, or baking cookies, or surfing at Venice beach!