When Kat Dahlia’s single, “Gangsta,” hit the internet, the web went crazy — Kat’s a natural born storyteller, and people connect to her music and her razor-sharp lyrics about her hard-knock life. XXL commented, “She spits her life…with no hesitation of going personal” while MTV.com called her the “hip hop Lana Delray.” Others have compared her to a diverse range of artists, from Santigold to Adele, but there’s one sentiment everyone seems to share: Kat Dahlia’s music is fierce, personal and raw.
With the release of “Gangsta,” her first single with her first video premiering on VEVO on today, Kat’s proven herself well-beyond worthy of the buzz that started when she signed with Sylvia Rhone’s Vested In Culture/Epic label last year. Rhone – who easily qualifies as a legend, delivered a formidable endorsement by signing Kat to her label.
Kat recorded her album over the past six months, and she’s about to officially turn it up. Today, three bundled tracks (Gangsta, Money Party and Mirror) from her upcoming debut will be available on iTunes http://smarturl.it/gangsta3track , Amazon MP3 and all digital providers. On March 15, Kat will head to SXSW, where she’ll be performing at several shows to be announced soon. SXSW marks her first public live shows and she’s going big! On top of all of that, she has been chosen as a BET Music Matters artist.
Raised by Cuban-born parents in Miami Beach, Kat began singing when she was 8 and started writing songs at 15, ripping instrumentals from YouTube in lieu of a band. “I write my own music,” she says. “If you want to break it down, I’m just being myself.”
Saving money from a waitressing gig, Kat moved to New York in 2010. She was almost derailed by what she describes as a “toxic relationship,” but she got herself out of it, and emerged fired up as a writer, with new insight and a deepened commitment to uncompromising emotional honesty. Coming up with the funds to finance studio time, Kat released a music video and an EP, and signed with Vested In Culture (VIC) shortly thereafter.