KT began her journey in music at age 6 when she took up piano lessons from her aunts. Having dedicated herself to solo classical performance as a child, she eventually found playing each note as it was written to be a restricting and mundane exercise thus started writing her own songs around the age of 11.
Before college, she abandoned the idea of going to music school to pursue writing. She began performing experimental folk songs rich with raw expressive storytelling and ethereal tones in Columbus, Ohio featuring a rotating backing band of professional musicians who brought jazz, fusion, and rock elements to her tunes and helped shape her sonic essence. KT became an Earthquaker Devices Artist and really began to explore her sound.
“I like the honesty that comes through in [improvisation] rather than playing something your body and muscles remember to be a certain way. It’s more of a spiritual experience to have that open area. Let’s take some risks. Let’s see how we can move and shape this in the moment.”from Columbus Alive
Upon graduating with a degree in journalism, KT became overwhelmed with the lack of honesty in the world of media. An innate sense of longing to “tell it how it really is” through music, writing, photography, videography, performance art, and painting became her passion. At times she has felt it necessary to pick a lane, but realizes all of her artistic expressions deserve attention and finds harmony and balance by flirting with all of them.
In 2016 she released her debut album Fatum Escape Echo with Lisa Bella Donna. It was a unique and naturally-driven duo record with elements of prog rock, folk, pop, psychedelic rock, and free jazz. This launched a spirit within KT that sent her into a whirlwind of soul-seeking, musical exploration, and running around from place to place. She began to record her own music while traipsing around the globe playing shows here and there. Her travels across America, Europe, India, and various remote islands have given her a plethora of insight and inspiration to share life’s peaks and valleys through her various mediums, but namely through her songwriting.
She spent 2018 on Kauai where she really grounded into her truest musical self and committed to recording all of her own synths, guitars, vocals & electronic drums for her sophomore album which features the awe-inspiring jazz guitarist Stan Smith and a vast array of musical specializations from Lisa Bella Donna. KT plans to release this album and share live performance dates very soon.
KT Ramsey 2019