Katie Campbell was born into a musical family in Los Angeles, California. She spent her childhood taking piano lessons, dance classes, and putting on shows in her parents’ kitchen. She graduated from the kitchen to the Hamilton High School Academy of Music and then continued her professional music education at Western Michigan University. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at WMU and earned a Downbeat Award for Best Collegiate Jazz Vocalist.
Katie’s post-college career began as the female stand-by in the off-Broadway show Loudmouth with a cappella group Toxic Audio. Since then, she has performed as Cheryl Bentyne’s sub in The Manhattan Transfer, sung on Bobby McFerrin’s GRAMMY-nominated album VOCAbuLarieS, and performed as a featured vocalist at the Grammy Foundation’s signature gala – Starry Night honoring Sir George Martin. Katie has performed and taught throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South Africa, South Korea, the Caribbean, and Mexico.
Katie’s professional musical experience ranges from touring as a background singer with Sheryl Crow, to singing on film scores including Star Trek Beyond, Jurassic World, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, to singing in live choral performances including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone—In Concert at the Hollywood Bowl and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at the Dolby Theatre. Katie has also sung for a number of television shows and sound recordings. Some credits include singing a choral piece Danny Elfman composed for the 88th Academy Awards, singing with Gnarls Barkley on the 49th Annual Grammy Awards, and dancing in the film Seven Days of Grace (as Kathryn Campbell). In addition, Katie has sung for/with many solo artists including Stevie Wonder, Josh Groban, Elvis Costello, Seth MacFarlane, Michael Bublé and Louis Price.
In 2011, Katie released her first solo album, End of the Beginning. She performed her CD Release Show to a sold-out Jazz Bakery crowd! Katie is the soprano in vocal jazz/fusion ensemble True North who has had the honor of performing with Don Shelton and recording and performing with guitarist Peter Sprague. Throughout her career, she has collaborated with many musicians including composition projects with guitarist Sandesh Nagaraj and performing as a featured vocalist with Woodford-Ehling-Ratner-Wallace (Los Angeles), The Wee Trio (New York City), and the New West Guitar Quartet (Los Angeles).
Katie is passionate about education and works continuously to improve her craft. She studied acting with Darryl Hickman for four years and then with Tony Sears in his acting workshop The Physics of Acting. She taught and created classes for the Bachelor’s and Associate’s Degree Programs at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California and also taught privately in the Los Angeles area for many years. In 2013, Katie completed her Master of Arts in Humanities at the California State University, Northridge. She is also a certified yoga teacher.