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4:30pm doors/5pm showtime
Andrea Sorum was born to two rural pastors and an upright piano. Music was her first language and quickly became her creative outlet as a young girl. Modeling her heroes Jewel and Joni Mitchell, she began her song-craft as a pre-teen, spending hours in her room singing her poetic creations into a small cassette recorder. After completing her undergrad as a vocal and piano major, she narrowly escaped the temptation to accept a full ride to law school and ventured instead to India, where she volunteered with a nonprofit and recorded a full-length fusion album that was never released in the U.S. After returning to Minnesota she played in a couple bands before eventually retiring the guitar and songwriting to focus on marriage and family, so she thought. After the birth of her second son her mind again exploded with creative ideas. Her second album, “American Dreams,” will be released April 17 and is full of the maternal love and energetic playfulness she has found as a parent. Now a single mom and a full-time piano teacher and accompanist, she performs in the Twin Cities and neighboring communities as often as she can.
Album of the year (Country/Folk) L’Etoile Magazine
Top Ten Album of the year #6 Pioneer Press
Top Ten local song of the year #8 (PEARL) The Current 89.3
Top albums of the year Rift Magazine
Born and raised in London, UK, Katy now calls Minnesota home. She has written songs for as long as she can remember and is always happiest when she’s singing, even when dealing with some pretty tough challenges. Katy’s debut solo release was ‘Before I Forget’. This was both a tribute to her parents, whom she lost as a teen, but also an embrace of her new solo direction after discovering the ukulele and the songwriting it inspired.
In a deliberate effort to use her writing to move beyond the grief and sadness of her earlier work Katy wrote the song ‘Pearl’ which she released as a single prior to this full length release. Each song on ‘Present’ is an exploration of the effort to embrace the here and now. Exploring the realities of life, the good and the bad, without being numbed or sugar coated.
Katy Vernon has also used her enthusiasm and knowledge of the local ukulele scene to organize and perform at her successful Annual Uke Fest Concert, now expanded to a two night celebration and fundraiser benefitting Arc GTC. Katy has been featured on TPT’s Almanac, WCCO’s Women Who Rock, The Current, KFAI, and more. In addition to clubs and festivals she has performed at venues including The Guthrie, The Cowles Center with the James Sewell Ballet, and even the Fitzgerald Theater with Garrison Keillor!