Katy Bourne is a working jazz vocalist and freelance writer from Seattle.
I offer a variety of writing services for musicians, bands, nightclubs and arts
organizations. My arsenal includes web copy, artist bios, one sheets, press
releases, newsletters, articles, blog posts and more. I’m handy with social
media and absolutely love making noise about new projects. I consider it an
honor and privilege to write for my musical peers. Working with me is
comfortable and fun. Collaboration is mission critical. No matter the job, I take
great care to get to know you, to listen to your music, to dig in and understand
what you’re all about. My goal is to tell your story accurately and to shine a
light on everything that is brilliant about you and your work.
I’ve been honing my writing chops for over three decades. As far as credentials
go, I have a BA in English from the University of Iowa and a Certificate in
Public Relations from the University of Washington. Because I am also a
working musician, I understand the dictates of the industry and can meet your
needs accordingly. AP style? I’ve got it covered.
My Jazz Story
Jazz, like life itself, is an ambiguous proposition. In any given tune, you don’t
know what is going to happen. This is especially true when you venture into
improvisation. We cultivate certain tools in jazz and hope that when the critical
moment comes, our personal level of mastery is sufficient to serve our highest
expression. It’s an ongoing process. Light sabers and the Force come to mind.
I think it’s this challenge of the unknown that draws me to the art form. I am
particularly intrigued with all things involving rhythm: changing meters,
different grooves and feels, variations of tempo, etc. This is where things get
For me, jazz is home. It is immediate and joyful. It’s a grand adventure. It’s
mad fun. In my mind, there is no sweeter bliss than the synergy shared by jazz
musicians when we play. I live for it. Jazz is the place where I am happiest.