Katy For Kings has a dual appeal that’s rarely seen in emerging British artists. The 20-year-old is building a following on TikTok and her reimagining’s of songs by Billie Eilish and Madison Beer have picked up thousands of views. Her own songs are big on hooks, melody and emotion – and that talent spoke to her producer and regular collaborator John Fields, whose credits have included huge airplay hits for Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and P!nk.
‘Impersonator’ finds Katy
Katy says, “‘Impersonator’ was written from the perspective of someone slowly realising that they aren’t welcome in their own relationship anymore, and that all along the other party was trying to change them anyway.”
As with ‘City’, Katy For Kings wrote the song on acoustic guitar alongside Chris Bourne (5 Seconds of Summer). It was then produced by John Fields.
Katy’s take on modern folk-pop echoes Taylor Swift, Kacey Muscgraves or the more reflective moments of Alessia Cara, albeit viewed through the distinctly British personality of the rising Chelmsford-based artist. It’s therefore unsurprising thatTaylor proved to be an early inspiration, when a 14-year-old Katy heard ‘Hey Stephen’ and decided to teach herself guitar.
That was the impetus for Katy to become addicted to writing songs, with other key influences such as John Mayer, Lizzy McAlpine and Harry Styles feeding into her confessional style. That was the starting point for a journey which evolved very naturally, taking her from gigs in local pubs that she was too young to drink in, to the release of her debut EP ‘Novelty’ and now two increasingly confident singles.