Hi! I'm Kat Steih, a songwriter, vocalist and producer. I come from a country and folk background, but my mission is to continue elevating this tradition by pushing boundaries and creatively blending with other genres.
I aim for my live performances to be joyful experiences that touch audiences with their authenticity and relaxed connectedness.
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Collaborating with the Crossed Lines has been an impressively professional and fun experience. I love each of them, and being more involved has expanded my social and professional circles.
To me, their name symbolizes Crossing Boundaries (in a good way, of course). I feel like, every time I bring them a new idea way out from left field, they respond and interact with the new idea, bringing it into life the way that only collaboration solidifies a concept. We enjoy making music with feelings of friendship, comradery, and playful kindness.
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In my home towns of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, the Huron River is a place where people go to punctuate important experiences in their lives. I called the album Hymns of the Huron, because the songs are a blend of folk, rock, and spirituals that prioritize feeling over thinking, with their emphasis on mantra-like hooks and melodies. Hymns of the Huron is a healing experience that makes connections between feelings, healing and relationships. I hope that, when others listen, they’ll be able to express and understand their own experiences in new ways.
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Kat Steih is an artist, musician, and educator with a philosophy of using improvisation to express the "emotion of the moment." Her creative output includes 15 solo albums as an electronic music producer as well as collaborations with the bands Walk Your Bike and March of the Ant. Kat is an accomplished vocalist, sound designer, and composer. Much of her solo output has been released under her stage name iO Megaji. She has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Korea, Poland, Spain, Ireland, Germany, and Denmark, with a focus on free, powerful expression the whole time.
Kat's artistic path has not always been a smooth one. She has had to overcome obstacles including learning disabilities, performance anxiety, and singing difficulties including vocal surgery and a period of vocal rest when she could only speak for a few moments per day.
Hymns of the Huron is Kat's first release after surgery as well as her first time recording her own songs with others.
MUSIC LESSONS - CREATIVE COACHING - PRODUCTION
Music lessons for imaginative learners. I emphasize rhythmic, dynamic and emotional concepts in connecting each individual to their musical center.
I appreciate that, in her teaching, Kat focuses on the entire range of what it means to be a performer, not just a musician. Writing, composing, collaborating, gig finding, stage fright - etc.
What I enjoy most about working with Kat is her ability to find creative approaches to address my weak areas with guitar. She's able to customize lessons, a true gift to receive as a student.
Kat displays an unbelievable amount of preparedness and professionalism in teaching. In addition - Kat is a wonderful listener.
Kat has created an environment in which exploration is at the center.
To my amazing community:
I feel honored and supported by you as I:
give my unique talents to the world
make connections between people and ideas
encourage mental, creative, and physical ease and freedom
share my brilliance
climb trees and drink water