Hailing from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Katie Fee grew up listening to 1990’s favourites including Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and Deana Carter. Fusing influences from modern and traditional music, country, pop, and rock, Fee has worked to create her own niche whilst studying music business at Belmont University in Nashville. This week she releases her debut single, Sunsets and Fireworks, ahead of an EP due in July.
Sunsets and Fireworks – the lead single and title track from the forthcoming debut EP – is exactly what you’d get if Eric Church’s Springsteen had been written by a young Taylor Swift. It has all the euphoric nostalgia but with the soft innocence of a young girl’s rose-tinted glasses. Although simple, the lyrics paint wonderfully vivid pictures, with wistful sentimentality oozing from lines such as I lived barefoot in my concert tee / we were two kids on the verge of seventeen. The composition is very country-pop (think Kelsea’s Legends) and Fee’s vocal performance is sweet and unassuming, almost yearning but not quite there. The song will make a lovely start to a music-filled summer, but I can’t help but want a little more.