Singer-songwriter Katie Pruitt Sounds Angelic on her debut album, Expectations
There is so much to love about this beautiful album just released from angelic songwriter Katie Pruitt. From clarity of vocal to rhythmic flow melody, each song is a delight to enjoy.
(Jacqueline Jax : AVA Live Radio )
A soaring vocalist and agile guitarist, Pruitt is a dynamic new presence, blending folk and country with indie rock. She writes personal lyrics about topics ranging from her sexuality and mental health to family and faith — the Catholic tradition in which the 25-year-old was raised often works its way into her songs. In the Expectations track “Normal,” she sings, “Seven Hail Marys if I copped an attitude,” recounting a punishment during her time in school. It was a particularly hard period in Pruitt’s life, as she did her best to navigate the judgmental halls of a Catholic high school while in the closet. ( Rolling Stone)
Pruitt came out at 20, but feared telling her parents. When she finally did, it created a seismic rift between her and her mother and father. She addresses the conflict in the staggering song “Georgia” via the most uncomfortable of home-life imagery: “My father would scream, he’d scream out in rage/He did not want a daughter whose soul wasn’t saved.”
Pruitt wrote her debut album alone, but her music summons a community: bursting with drama, flourished with strings and organs, gathering to emotional crescendos that seem designed to draw a crowd.