Beginning in Nova Scotia with a childhood immersed in musical
theatre and Celtic influences, Katrina Bishop moved on to
New Brunswick where she gained experience in Rock, Jazz and
Folk. Then came the big move West, where she became lead singer
for the 9-piece Vancouver Funk band Rumplesteelskin,
which sold out Vancouver clubs such as The Commodore Ballroom
and The Town Pump. She also became alto and co-writer / arranger
for the progressive A Cappella quartet The 4Tunes,
playing hundreds of school shows and community concerts throughout
the West, from Atlin to San Francisco. They can be heard on
their CD, 'Unsung Heroes'.
She received full scholarships for a 2-year diploma in Contemporary
Music and also for the Banff Summer Jazz Workshop,
and followed this up as composer and guest vocalist with Hugh
Frasers International Jazz Workshop Big Band for
three years running. Over the years she has composed and sung
for various musical projects, including CD tracks, musical
theatre pieces, and the Bravo! channel film Motifs
(Parallel to musical pursuits, Katrina has a Bachelor
of Fine Arts with a double major in Painting and Sculpture.
She's had solo gallery showings on both coasts, and was a
feature segment on CBC's 'Zero Avenue'. She does commissioned
'body portraits', and was the illustrator for the comicbook
'Sam and Dave'.)
returned to solo performances in 1999, writing new songs and
honing some old favorites. Enlisting the help of some of Canadas
finest musicians and Juno award-winning engineers Tom Keenlyside
and Commodor Perry Barrett, she released her first solo
CD, Runaway Lane, in October of 2001.
The release of Runaway Lane under her
own label, Grizelda Records (named after her crane
- Katrina is a certified log home builder), began the job
of marketing. She received rave reviews in Canadian Musician
Magazine, The Vancouver Sun and many internet sites,
inspiring such phrases as complete package, just
sweeps you away, and in my top ten albums for
2002. She won First Place in the 2001 Unisong
International Song Contests World Music
category, and received Runner-Up in the 2001 John
Lennon Songwriting Contests Jazz category.
She was interviewed on radio stations in Vancouver, Halifax
and Florida, and has received radio airplay on several CBC
shows, along with stations in France, Italy, Germany, Belgium,
The Netherlands, The U.S., New Zealand, Tunisia, and a
full-album feature show in Japan. She has appeared
on VTV Breakfast Television and twice on CTV Halifax
Aside from being a regular performer in Vancouver and the
surrounding area, Katrina completed two extended tours
in 2002. The first, in March, took her through Toronto
and Nova Scotia, playing clubs, house concerts and an over-sold
live-recording concert in Wolfvilles Kipawo Theatre.
The second, in July and August, was a Nova Scotia tour, with
dates in Halifax and in several rural communities.
2003 has been a busy year as well, performing locally in
support of Runaway Lane, and recording her
follow-up CD entitled La La La, I Cant Hear
You. In the Fall, she was thrilled to join guest host
Jane Siberry for Vancouvers Bluebird North.
Katrina also had her first child in 2003, making it a doubly
Future plans include the pursuit of song licensing for film
and television, as well as performances and radio play in
support of the upcoming CD, due for a 2004 release.