country singer Katie Armiger. I am glad I did. She's a very pretty,
strong willed, girly girl currently touring to promote her fourth
album Fall Into Me. This sweet young lady has a penchant for
fancy dresses and old school country classics. She also has a
variety of songs ranging from vulnerable ballads to edgy modern
country tunes. It's just the way a lady should be… offering the
right mix, just to keep you guessing.
"Okay Alone" are two beautiful ballads with delicate but strong,
mature vocals. "Better in a Black Dress" and "Playin With Fire" are
her singles – both a bit riskier and more contemporary. Then there
is the fun and catchy "Black and White." These are just a few of the
songs she's written (or co-written). Of her long repertoire she
already has five singles that made the Billboard Hot Country Songs
chart. But it's not only her music that's been noticed. Armiger also
garnered the number one spot by her fans in Country Weekly's
"Hottest Bachelorette" issue two years in a row.
Armiger will be making the rounds of music festivals and country
fairs. She will be joining the likes of Thompson Square, Florida
Georgia Line, Eric Church, Big & Rich and many more.
Not only will
she be busy performing across the country, Armiger is also busy
promoting Pastry as their newest brand ambassador. Pastry is a
lifestyle line of apparel, accessories and footwear for junior
girls. Katie is the first country singer to be chosen as a face for
Pastry, joining the current celebrity lineup of Cody Simpson, Alli
Simpson, Madison Pettis, Jessica Jarrell, Coco Jones and others. I
had the privilege of spending the day with Armiger on the set of a
Pastry photo shoot for their 2013 fall campaign. She was gracious
and kind to all during the long, hot day in Topanga Canyon above
Malibu. Armiger struck me as a very feminine and nice young woman
that would be a great role model for her fans.
graciously took the time to speak with me again last week, while she
had a brief stop at home in Nashville. Then she was off on the road
again to continue her tour.
How did you
get involved with Pastry Shoes?
It was through
my manager and then Laura from CAA. They just kept talking. I know
that Pastry kept talking to them and they're like let's take her –
meaning me – to New York and have her meet the whole crew and see if
it would be a good fit. It was. Everybody there is so incredible and
So you are
going to be their brand ambassador for their Academy Sports Stores?
the goal is. We are hoping we can work something like that out.
I notice that
you seem to dress very elegantly, in gowns both at the Pastry photo
shoot and on your Fall Into Me
album cover. Is that a theme you want to have?
probably wishes that it wasn't the thing that I always chose but I
am a total girly girl. I just love stuff like that, so whenever
somebody goes "Hey you do you think that maybe you'd like to wear a
gown?" I'm like yes.
I thought you
looked so nice at the Pastry shoot in a gown and wondered if that
was your style or if they selected the dress for you.
Honestly I had
no clue what the wardrobe was going to be. They told me they were
picking everything out. When I got there they were like: "Hope you
don't mind some of these things we picked out. If you don't like it
of course let us know." But yeah, I love it.
How long have
you been singing?
Oh gosh, I've
been singing for twelve, thirteen years. I was adding it all up in
something that came naturally or did you one day say "I'd like to do
loved singing. It's always been what I've wanted to do. I'd always
tell my mom that I want to sing. I want to sing. I grew up in a
suburb of Houston and nobody sang. You played sports, that's what
you did. Or you could be in the band, but you didn't sing. So I kept
telling my mom that's what I wanted to do. Finally she's like
"Okay." We started looking in the newspaper and listening to the
radio [to] find festivals or things that would be in town. We would
send them my CD – or back then we would actually send them a mix
tape. That's how I started.
Was the CD you
were sending original music or was it covers?
covers. They were like Dolly [Parton], Patsy Cline, Martina
McBride... they were definitely covers.
traditional country female vocalist songs?
Oh yeah. I
always loved listening to the old school stuff. That's what I try to
incorporate, even into my stuff now.
Did you start
writing music at an early age?
I write most
of my songs. On my last album I wrote all the songs. I have always
written stuff, even from when I first started singing. When you
first start writing you are so self conscious. I would sing it for
my mom and that was about it. Eventually they were like "No, it's
good, it's good. You should be more confident. It sounds great." So
I would start to play it out. That's how it all started.
Do you play
any instruments with your singing?
I do for
songwriting. If it's just me. That's typically how it happens. If I
am going into a session with somebody, I'll have something recorded
down that I want to write. I don't play in front of a lot of people,
but I do play guitar.
So you don't
play guitar on stage?
No, just for
What type of
environment inspires you when writing music?
I would say
definitely quiet areas. The best for me is when I'm alone. It's
typically like three AM and I'll want to be going to sleep. I'll be
in bed and something will come to me. I know if I don't get up now,
I'm going to forget it and it's going to be gone.
So what do you
do, hop out of bed and jot it down?
I do, I do.
studied music professionally?
different vocal lessons. I was in high school varsity choir. Then
the last two years of high school, I was home schooled. I would do
music courses online and then study. Actually those last two years,
I studied more classical music.
Do you have
musicians in your family?
Nope. I am
actually the only person that sings.
impressed by your talent then?
they're like: I don't know where you got that. It's not from us.
What is your
bigger strength in writing: the lyrics or music?
I would say
lyrics are what I really love to do. Even when I finish a song I
will still work on it for weeks. I'll go back and change words.
working on another album?
No other album
right now. Just touring. It's so busy, traveling around still
promoting the new album that came out at the end of January.
anything that you would like to change, or where you see room for
I would say
that there's always room for improvement. As an artist I feel like
your writing can improve, your performance can always improve. As
soon as you think you're really great at something, then you
shouldn't do it anymore. You should constantly feel like you can
anyone that you'd like to collaborate with?
really great question. I would love to write with... there are so
many writers... definitely Jeffrey Steele would be one of them. He's
a Nashville songwriter. I haven't been able to hook up with him yet.
I'm always game for writing with another artist. That's always
really fun. Especially when you go in you don't know who's going to
sing the song that you wrote – like which one of us is going to sing
anyone that you would want to perform your music?
Oh wow, I
don't think it would really matter the level of artist. Just that
someone wanted to cover my music would be an honor.
would you give young people that have the same dreams and musical
aspirations as you?
I would say to
just keep at it. Regardless of which genre of music you sing. It's a
tough industry and there are so many talented people that are around
you. So just keep at it and don't give up. And don't doubt yourself.
I would never discourage anyone from going out there and doing
something that they like. I would definitely say to stay in school
and make sure that you get an education. That was always one of
those things that my parents said. You are going to finish school.
You are not going to get a GED, you are going to finish it. Then we
can worry about an online college later. But you will at
least finish high school.
Did anyone try
to discourage you along the way?
I never had
anybody in my family say that. There have definitely been people
that you meet. You go to so many meetings and there are always those
people that tell you stuff like that. But you can't buy into it.
favorite song on this album?
Oh no, don't
I have a
favorite so I'll tell you if you tell me.
Oh that's the
hardest thing. When you ask me to pick, it's like oh crap.
there any songs that are more meaningful to you?
I would say
"Black and White" or "Safe" would probably be my favorites.
I like "Black
and White" a lot but I love "Okay Alone." What song do you think is
received the best at your shows? What do people request when you're
I'd say "Safe"
or "Better in a Black Dress." "Better in a Black Dress" was the last
single and "Playing with Fire" is a new one. People don't quite know
it as well as "Better in a Black Dress." That's the one: all the
girls are always like "The Black Dress song."
Do you want to
stick with country or do you have thoughts of doing other genres?
That's it. I love listening to other genres. I'm very eclectic, but
I wouldn't want to sing anything else.
favorite music to listen to?
I would say
the music that I find myself listening to would be country or in my
car it would be a mixture. There are a lot of really great
singer/songwriters in Nashville. It's kind of like acoustic easy
listening music. That's what I'll listen to in my free time.
favorite country music singer?
Of all time?
about contemporary, current?
I listen to a
lot of old school stuff. I am trying to think of what I have
downloaded recently on my phone. Probably Martina McBride.
So what about
old school favorites?
Patsy Cline. Love Dolly, Tammy Wynette. But I would say Patsy is
definitely my favorite.
I saw on
YouTube a video of you performing "Help Me Make It Through the
Night" which was great.
Ah, the Kris
Kristofferson song. Thank you.
McBride does a great rendition of that song. Since you like her I
wonder if you've heard it?
Yes, I have.
touring right now?
Yes, we are.
It's summer season so it's not a set tour but it's quite a bit of
touring. I just got back from St. Louis like an hour ago and I am
leaving for Detroit tonight.
What do you
like to do during your downtime on tour?
If we have
time I just walk around and explore. Exploring is one of my absolute
favorite things to do. Finding cute boutiques and things that have
character. I love doing that.
career affected your friendships and your social life?
I would say a
little bit, just for the fact that I'm not in Texas where I grew up
right now. A lot of the people that I grew up with I don't see. I
talk to my best friends and that's who you stay friends with. But I
feel like that's with anybody. If you go to college or go somewhere
that is not where you grew up, the people that you talk to are those
really great friends.
So you are
living in Nashville now?
How long have
you lived in Nashville?
I've been here
for four years.
family move to Nashville with you?
helped me move to Nashville.
Is it easy to
have a boyfriend with your music career?
It is definitely not an easy thing. But if that is what you want you
will figure it out. If you really like somebody you will figure out
a way to make it possible.
favorite city that you have visited?
I really like
New York. I've performed there. NY is one of my favorite places. I
love California. Los Angels is nice, but some of the surrounding
cities are beautiful. And Seattle. Seattle is really beautiful and
is one of my favorite cities as well.
Do you go to
California a lot?
often. But when I do it is very eye opening because it is so
different from Nashville.
THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR KATIE ARMIGER'S "PLAYIN' WITH FIRE!"