Our next CMA Fest Artist Spotlight is the very lovely Katie Armiger. From the first moment I saw her, I adored her. She is the super cute girl with a great stage presence and smile that lights up the entire room. Watching her and her guitar player on stage was completely entertaining. The two of them meshed so well together and everyone was having a great time.
Armiger and I met backstage at Alley Taps after her thrilling performance. We talked about talent, hair, people watching and more. Please watch our full conversation now for all the fun we had together. Check out the sneak peek of her bio (taken from her website) below.
“I’ve always thought with my previous albums that I put myself out there and really opened up, and I don’t even think I knew what I was talking about until this album,” she says with a laugh.
Since the release of her previous album, Confessions of a Nice Girl, two and a half years ago, Armiger set out to take her time on this project. In the liner notes, she says “a lot of blood, sweat and tears” went into making it. But the process came with a lot of creative freedom as well.
“On this one, it was really great to just have that free rein to write what’s in my heart, what’s in my mind,” she adds. “Before, people said, ‘You can’t write about this topic or that topic because you’re too young.’”
While she branched out to work with several new co-writers on Fall Into Me—including internet phenom Megan Nicole, newly signed to Bad Boy/Interscope Records—for most of the songs Armiger chose to work with friends and trusted collaborators because of the intensely personal nature of the project
“Sometimes when you’re writing with new people, it’s hard to open yourself up until you’ve been writing with them for a certain amount of time,” she explains. “But when you schedule a writing session with someone that you’ve been friends with, that you know, it’s so much easier to just open up and let whatever you’re feeling out.”
It didn’t hurt that some of the friends she chose to collaborate with also happened to be among Nashville’s A-list songwriters. Including Blair Daly (Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw), Joe West (Julianne Hough, Toby Keith, Jimmy Wayne), Bruce Wallace (Dierks Bentley, Trace Adkins, Montgomery Gentry), Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Sister Hazel) and MCA Nashville artist Mallary Hope, who also lends her background vocals to “Safe.””
Please follow Armiger on social media and stay tuned for all this talented artist has coming up. You will not want to miss out. Share her pages with everyone you know and do not forget to send her a shout out. ~Missy