Katelyn Dawn

Katelyn has been singing since she could speak. When she was a small child she was always making up songs and purposefully mixing up the lyrics from various nursery rhymes to make people laugh. She comes from a very musically talented family, many of whom have performed professionally in various genres of music vocally and instrumentally. 

Katelyn studied voice lessons throughout her childhood and performed in the school choir from K-12. She was always writing poetry, short stories, and singing. It was when she turned 14 that she got her first guitar and started putting her creative energy into writing songs which came very naturally to her. 

At 16 Katelyn got the recording bug and began her studio recording career. She recorded her first LP “Open Your Eyes” with all self-written material with producer John Paul Peters (Tokyo Police Club, Comeback Kid). At 18, she recorded her second LP “The Window” with Chris Burke-Gaffney (Chantelle Kreviazuk) and Dale Penner (Holly McNarland) with original material both self and co-written with other Canadian singer-songwriters. All the while performing locally in Winnipeg and Manitoba. Some notable highlights would be the time she performed at the Folk Festival Young Performers stage with Luke Doucet, Opened for Tom Cochrane at the Summer in the City Festival in Steinbach, and any time she performed at a local coffee shop, because who doesn’t love a good coffee shop? 

In 2008 Katelyn auditioned for Canadian Idol and made it through to the top 16, and top 4 girl in the competition. After Canadian Idol Katelyn moved to Toronto to pursue music there. It was in Toronto she released a self-titled 5-song EP. While in Toronto, Katelyn performed at the Honey Jam Festival headlined by Divine Brown, an association fostering female Canadian artists. She was also flown to California to perform for on the Discovery Channel for a David Suzuki Special called The New Centurions. Katelyn learned a lot from her experience in Toronto but ultimately decided Winnipeg was where she belonged so she moved back in 2012. 

After some time off from music, Katelyn is ready to tackle new things and she couldn’t be happier to participate in the local music scene again.