Biography: Katelyn Marks
Born in Virginia and raised in the Carolinas, Katelyn Marks knows country music. Growing up listening to classic country role model singers, that alone was enough to fuel her passion for a music career.
In 2008, Katelyn teamed up with Academy of Country Music award winner, hit songwriter, and producer Lonnie Wilson with whom she recorded a self-titled EP in Nashville. Wilson has written hits for Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, and many others. Katelyn also realized her commercial potential when she auditioned for American Idol in Jacksonville, Florida. After making it to the 4th round in front of judges Randy, Simon, Paula, and Kara, it hit home that this was what she wanted to do with her life. When asked by Simon why she should be the next American Idol, Katelyn’s response was “My goal is to not only be a recording artist, but I want to touch people’s lives with my music. Its what gives me purpose.”
Katelyn now fronts a high-energy band that performs at fairs, festivals, nightclubs, colleges and universities all over the United States. She has opened for national acts such as Little Big Town, Steel Magnolia, The Band Perry, Kansas, Bucky Covington, Shenandoah, and others. Katelyn is receiving interest from record labels, casting directors, and music industry agents. By Katelyn Marks’ side is Derek Drye who is a versatile musician playing lead guitar, dobro, mandolin, harmonica, as well as sharing lead and back-up vocals. Her five-piece band performs her original tunes and covers hits from artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Katy Perry. With their progressive melodies and catchy lyrics, they are able to consistently connect with their audience each night.
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