Kat Leigh Announces Debut EP + Releases New Song, “Criminal”
21-year-old singer/songwriter Kat Leigh has just announced the details of her self-titled debut EP. The release was executive produced by Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Set It Off, Godsmack) and will be released October 11 via BMG.
Along with the EP announcement, Leigh also released her new single, “Criminal”. The track itself highlights how his personal style or interests can seem illegal to others.
“‘Criminal’ is for me a very personal song, believe it or not“, shares Leigh. “I come from a conservative and religious family, so my darker style wasn’t something they took lightly for much of my life. They threw away some of the decorations I had in my room if they thought it was “anti-religious” or even “anti-Republican”. They said I liked those movies and listened to that music because I “didn’t find God”. One day I came home with ‘Red Rum’ (The Shining) tattooed on the back of my wrists and that was their last climax. My mother-in-law called me a murderer/a lawyer, they said it was evil, etc. music. So literally being called a murderer for just having my own style was my last straw. “Criminal” is an ode to this era and also pokes fun at adults who take children seriously to find themselves and discover their style.”
Kat Leigh has used the pandemic lockdown as an opportunity to focus on her creativity; writing material for their upcoming debut EP, filming videos, painting and taking photos. Musically, Kat’s influences span genres from Tyler the Creator to Avril Lavigne to Amy Winehouse. Lyrically, Kat boldly channels uncomfortable subject matter and underrepresented experiences. Over the course of five tracks, they explore their mother’s illness and the emotional fallout that surrounded her, their parents’ divorce, sexual harassment and gender identity through poignant and relatable lyrics. Although Kat initially chose music as a distraction and cathartic, they hope to create a sense of community and let others know they are not alone.
- Someone else
- You know where to find me
- ask for it