For Katelyn Convery, wanderlust is more than a passing notion.
She’s lived in South Korea and South Africa, and she spent a summer busking at Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain.
From each experience, she’s drawn inspiration to further develop her craft.
“Whatever I create today is absolutely a product of all of these experiences combined,” says Convery. “[At Park Güell], my eyes and ears were filled with the rhythms of Flamenco... Then in South Africa, where I really started to find my musical legs, I was surrounded by rhythms and lively guitar licks that seemed to be in dialogue with one another wherever I turned.”
Now, settled at home in Portland, she’s further honed her sound as she’s gathered her band together.
Convery adds, “Dave Kelsay, Matthew Holmes and Margaret Wehr have helped make sense of all of it; I'm so lucky to have their talent turn my songs into exactly what they were always meant to be.”
According to Convery, “American Dream,” off her upcoming album, comes from her post-election observation that the idea itself has “become a perversion of what it once was.”
“We've all allowed our way of life to be degraded to a shadow of what it could be,” she goes on to say. “We are being squeezed from all sides and it's affecting our mental health, our productivity and our relationships. Our humanness is under attack.”
In an effort to add a little humanity back into the world, Convery will be back in the studio with her band, recording a full-length album set to wrap in 2019.