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A proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island woman who is a descendant of the Woppaburra tribe of Great Keppel Island and Argun tribe of Badu Island. Katherine is a singer, songwriter, performer and multi-instrumentalist, whose pop sound can be attributed to the eclectic range of music she heard growing up but cites Missy Higgins, Avril Lavigne, Sara Bareilles, Ashanti, Jojo and Tynisha Keli as major influences. She has the ability to pull you in with her warm and inviting presence but keeps you engaged with her raw yet sincere performances.
Born and raised into a creative household in Brisbane, her mother a visual artist, her father a musician and both being dancers, it was almost innate that she would also be involved in the arts. She believes having exposure to all of her parent’s creative endeavors from a such a young age decided her fate long before she had a choice.
Despite being passionate about music, it wasn’t till 2013 that she chose to leave her job in Queensland government to pursue music full-time. She began by enrolling at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts, graduating two years later with a Certificate III, Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts.
“I have been surrounded by music or the arts my whole life, I have never thought of being anything but a performer.” – Katherine Waria.
Over the next year Katherine continued studying and later achieving a Diploma in leadership and management as well as performing on a number of different stages across Queensland and New South Wales. Some of those stages include, G20 World Leaders Summit Opening, 2015 Indigenous Sports Awards, productions Blak Eletric and Knock Knock at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC), production In Session at the Queensland Theatre Company, Brisbane Powerhouse, 2017/2018 Wandiyali Indigenous Surf Contest and most recently the 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast closing ceremony and mainstage at Surfers Paradise.
Through her performance experiences Katherine has been able to work with and/or share the stage with some of the best in the music industry both nationally and internationally. Currently she is a Bachelor of Music student at the University of Newcastle’s Conservatorium of Music. Her future plans include completing her degree, the recording and release of her debut EP, performing/touring and community service.
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