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Help Singer/Songwriter Katelyn Benton collaborate with film scorer Scott Nickoley (SOUTH PARK) to produce Katelyn's full-length album!

My name is Katelyn Benton and I am a pianist, songwriter, and singer.

I need your help to finish my first full-length album!

Please watch the videos and listen to the music below to learn more about me and my music journey thus far.

I started playing piano as a toddler. My grandmother was a concert pianist, and that was her only profession for her entire life. She got to me early and I LOVED it!

I took piano lessons because I love Classical piano and love making my Grandmother proud, but when I was 11 I started singing and writing music of my own as well. When I was 12, I wrote a song inspired by the Columbine High School Shootings that took place close to home. My best friend Sarah Hoard and I recorded this when were were 7th graders. This ended up being the first song I ever recorded in a recording studio, and not in my own basement.

As a high school student, I spent my afternoons and weekends practicing with my band and gigging around Denver. I went to the World Championships of the Performing Arts in Burbank when I was 16 and won 3 Gold medals  for Original Song (Until We Meet Again), Latin Performance (as the only non-native Spanish speaker competing) and R&B performance, 2 Silver medals for Classical Piano performance and Variety performance, and a bronze medal in Rock performance. I was the only self-accompanied musician competing primarily as a vocalist and the next year they ended up adding an entire division for self-accompanied musicians.

My song, Until We Meet Again, was also featured on a compilation of Baton Rouge Artists. I wrote it as a 13 year old who missed her Dad, and it ended up resonating with a lot of people.

In 2004 I went off to Berklee College of Music in Boston on a scholarship from their World Scholarship Tour. After graduating from Berklee, I moved to Los Angeles in 2008 where I independently recorded Once, a 5 song EP, which I released in the Spring of 2009. I used my musician friends from around the world - everyone uploaded their individual tracks to an Apple idisc which were then imported into the session.

Below is my “Impossible Love” music video that won the JP Folks “Best Music Video” award in 2009 from thousands of international entries. It was written with John Magnie of The Subdudes and Brandon Nicholas and James Mann donated their talent to create the video.. Brandon Nicholas and James Mann went on to create the movie Desert Son, which you can see on Netflix.

I started running 50-100 mile races when I moved to Los Angeles and I began to draw a lot of inspiration from my running. I started a YouTube series called Music and LSD (Long Slow Distances) which features all my running and music-making adventures in short, 2-4 minute episodes. Around this time I also started playing regularly with singer/songwriter Nina Storey, and was introduced to film scorer Scott Nickoley (South Park) through her band.

Now here we are, recording this full-length record! For the first bit of recording, Scott and I worked whenever we could and raised money to cover the record's expenses. Now we are ready to finish this album and work around the clock until it's done. I am so excited to have someone so creative and talented working on my songs to give them the atmosphere and arrangements they deserve! Thank you for everyone who has contributed to my musical dream. I know we can do this!!

Here's a compilation video one of my supporters made for me in light of this Kickstarter campaign! Enjoy some of the highlights from the Music and LSD series -

However, the album isn't finished yet and I can't continue without financial support.

Donations to this Kickstarter campaign go toward studio time, paying my talented arrangers, paying musicians, graphic design for the album itself, mastering costs, and CD duplication.

The musicians, producers and arrangers who have worked on this project all rely on music to live, support their families, and pay their bills -- just like you rely on your job for the same. When you donate to my Kickstarter campaign, you are not only helping me complete this project, you are also giving a group of talented and skilled artists paying jobs so that they can continue creating art for your enjoyment.

I've come up with a bunch of different ways to thank you for your support! Check out the rewards for different donations levels: your name in the liner notes, copies of the new album, a custom song, a house concert... and more!

But remember, if we don't raise ALL the money we need, we don't get ANYTHING!

We have already come so far! Thank you to all of you who have already donated! If we can keep working at the pace we're at now, we'll be promoting a finished record this Summer!

Thank you!

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    Katelyn paces YOU at your race! Whether you're running a 5k, a marathon, or an ultra, Katelyn will come out and pace you for your race! (applies to West Coast races only). PLUS all of the rewards above!

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