What made you fall in love with music?
I've never known a moment in my life when I wasn't in love with music. I think what launched that innate love into action was when I started to learn piano at age six. I found out what it meant to participate in music, and that's a whole different kind of love.
Best concert you have ever been to?
Jason Isbell at the Ryman with Sturgill Simpson opening and then later on Sturgill's first headlining show at the same treasured venue. And an honorable mention goes to Kendrick Lamar and his DAMN. tour.
What genre of music do you listen to the most?
Probably hip hop. But at any given moment, what's on rotation runs the genre gamut.
Who’s your favorite artist/band?
The Growlers. But there's also Teyana Taylor, SiR, Kali Uchis, Arctic Monkeys, Mahalia Jackson, Jason Isbell, Tammy Wynette, Frank Ocean, Kacey Musgraves, Stevie Wonder, Anderson .Paak, Lizzo, and the list goes on.
What drew you to NSAI?
NSAI's mission is magnetic and evidently impactful. Songs are sonic markers for the most memorable moments of our lives; they are also our consolation, our fuel, our power, and they are put together by people we do not always know but who always seem to know us. And these songs and their makers are worth standing up for and supporting, and that's exactly what NSAI does. It's an honor to be a part of this company's mission.
Favorite Nashville restaurant?
Hard to narrow down to one, but some of my favorites are Butchertown Hall, Mockingbird, 5th and Taylor, and Fido.
Katie Arata is a creative fueled by her love of music and the arts and people’s relationships to both and others. Since graduating in 2014 from the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University with a degree in classical voice performance, she has remained a native in her hometown of Nashville and advanced the arts and music scene of the city through both her vocations and passions.
While serving as the Event Entertainment Coordinator at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, she was recruited by Nashville Opera to join their staff as the Community Engagement Manager in November 2015. Tasked with developing new audience initiatives and local partnerships, Katie’s efforts and successes in this role welcomed the opportunity for promotion in October 2016. Upon assuming the position of Marketing & PR Manager for Nashville Opera, Katie was instrumental in the Opera achieving several milestones. She marketed and promoted a world premiere opera that debuted in January 2017 and made its New York premiere in June 2017 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, launched Nashville Opera’s first commercial CD release, marketed the highest grossing production in Nashville Opera history, increased social media following by 200 percent, and increased new audience attendance by 12 percent. A champion of accessibility and equitable opportunities, she worked with several organizations and artists to increase involvement with the arts, bridge different genres of music, and develop creative connections between people and music.
Katie now excitedly joins Nashville Songwriters Association International as the Director of Development. In addition to her role at NSAI, she is a staff singer at St. George’s Episcopal Church and a freelance writer and singer, and she continues to perform regularly.