Kata Hay

Hey ya'll, basically Im a crazy, ramblin, redhead who lives to sing, write songs, play music & make beautiful memories. THE VOICE/SEASONX/TeamXTina

Kata (prononuced KAY-tuh) Hay was born in 1987 in Oklahoma and started singing at age two. From the ages of two — twelve she traveled the US singing country and gospel music at different Opry's and fairs, and opening concerts and working with musicians like LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Exile, Jim Ed Brown, Ray Price, Kitty Wells, Mickey Gilley, and Barbara Mandrell.

Hay's music career started off in beauty pageants. Hay was inspired by watching a friend sing in the talent category of a local beauty pageant, and wanted to enter one herself. Hay's father agreed to pay the $50 entrance fee. "I think he did it because he thought that a 2-year-old had no idea what she wanted to do, and that I would get up there and embarrass myself and that would be the end of it." She won the pageant and went to Georgia for the finals.

Hay started performing at local Opry's, Fairs and Talent Shows, until one of the talent shows she entered sent out videos of all of the entries to Ed McMahon's Star Search. Star Search picked two contestants to appear on their show — one of which was Hay. She went on to receive two perfect scores, and defeated challenger Justin Timberlake. Hay won the grand prize in the 12 & Under Category, and became the youngest person ever to win Star Search.

At 10 yrs old Kata appeared in the independent film "Oklahoma Faded Love". She sang "Crazy" by Patsy Cline, and played the lead character as a child. She also appeared in several regional commercials, in 2 Willie George Ministries short films and recorded voice overs for KVOO-FM.

At 13, Hay's music made a switch to western swing. In 2000 She heard they were holding a Patsy Montana music festival in Arkansas and decided to attend. She entered the Patsy Montana National Yodeling Championship, never having yodeled in public before — and was named as the Champion. Montana's biographer, Jane Frost, said of Hay that day: "She stepped up to the microphone... and smiled like the pixie we knew as Patsy; as Kata strummed her guitar and sang 'I Want to Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart' we knew the music, the life and the career... of Patsy Montana would live on." She traveled the US representing Montana's music the following year and was a featured artist of Fan Fair 2000. The next five years were spent playing the western music circuit. Hay recorded three CDs during her western music years, one of which, Cowboys, Guitars, and a Lil Bit of Swing, made it to the No. 1 spot on the Western Music Charts. Two of Hay's original songs made it in the top 5 as singles off the same album. In 2004, and 2005 Hay toured Australia.

In 2005 Hay was hired as a performer at one of the music theaters in the Pigeon Forge music scene. That is where she met now husband, band-mate, and co-writer Robbie Helton. After one year at the theater, Hay and Helton decided to leave the theater, to pursue their own original music. They formed the band Kata & The Blaze and started writing new material for a debut album. In 2007 Kata & The Blaze released "Reckless" on iTunes, and sold thousands of copies across the US, Europe, and Australia. They released an even more successful follow up EP "Remember That Summer" in 2009. In 2007, Hay and Helton also founded the band The Grassabillies (Bluegrass/Rock Fusion Band), and released their debut album "Here Come The Grassabillies" on iTunes in early 2009. They both became featured entertainers at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede in 2008.

In 2008, Hay began posting music videos on video sharing website YouTube. When a video of Hay performing "Hey Stephen" by Taylor Swift was chosen and featured by Swift herself on her website, viewer response attracted worldwide recognition within weeks. Hay's subscribers jumped in less than a month from under 300, to over 3,000.

In late 2009, Hay and Helton decided to quit their steady gig at the Dixie Stampede and take a risk at making a living playing their own music full-time.

2009 doubled Hay's YouTube subscriber base (6000+) and video views (1,000,000) as she continued to post videos of her original and cover songs.

Hay's song "Western Way", off of her album "Cowboys, Guitars, and a Lil Bit Of Swing" was featured in the 2010 romantic comedy, Coyote County Loser in the opening scene.

In August 2010, Lisa Lavie hosted an "ANGEL COVER CONTEST" on her YouTube channel, asking YouTubers to submit their version of her song Angel. Lisa chose Kata's cover in the top 3, and sent Kata a brand new Xacti Sanyo Video Camera as a prize. Lisa said "I love Kat's country twanginess, I LOVED her video!". That same month she was also won the honor of co-writing a song with Kina Grannis along with 3 other YouTubers (Brent Morgan, Kate McGill, and Nicole).

While on business in Los Angeles in October 2010 Kata attended the taping of several TV shows. Once Jimmy Kimmel Live! and the Jay Leno Show found out Kata was in the crowd, she was called up on stage to yodel as pre-show entertainment. Kata also will appear on an episode of Let's Make A Deal with Wayne Brady which is due to air in March 2011.

January 2011 Kata was announced as a finalist in the international search for the next Shake Weight Jingle. Eventually landing in the 3rd spot on the contest, she was awarded a brand new Apple iPad courtesy of the Shake Weight Company. The same month Kata started performing at the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner show in Pigeon Forge, TN. Where she performs 2 to 3 shows a night 5 to 6 nights a week, she as well still performs her solo music and with the Grassabillies.

In 2013 Kata was named the Dolly Parton Mountain Soul Vocal Champion for her version of Dolly's "I Will Always Love You". Hay's YouTube channel now has 18,000 subscribers and has over 1.8 million video views. And she is set to tour the UK in March of 2014!

Hey y'all! I leave in a little under a month for a cross country tour with Dan O'Rourke. Support the tour and our music by buying one of our Hay O'Rourke tshirts, hats, or coozies. Couldn't do it without you! Plus GoTeez Clothing Co. makes amazing products! Send a pic of you with your merch for a special shoutout!

You're welcome. 😂😂😂

Ya know that face ya make when Ya know something beyond a shadow of a doubt ? This is mine, my "I can conquer the world face". How do I know? Cause I've been seeing it more lately. It's a good feeling. But it's easily confused for other less satisfying but equally addictive feelings, such as greed, lust, and for lack of a better word, cockiness. (Sure I could have said Bravado or something like that, but wouldn't have painted the right picture, haha!) I've been guilty of all these things as I think many of us have. I worried constantly about having enough money, finding the perfect mate, having a perfect life, (NONE of these things can be controlled, you'll only end up frustrated and miserable) that's the Capricorn in me I suppose. But the other side of my personality just was aching to be free from any figurative chains of all of that, and just wake up in the morning, and be me, and be happy and enjoy each moment for what it is... a gift.

I feel we all have a couple of sides to us that battle most of our lives. I'm not gonna sit here and say it's easy, or I'm always successful at flipping that switch and believing in yourself and fate. This also doesn't mean you don't keep hard at work at chasing whatever it is you want out of life. If anything you will work more. Cause when you do something simply for how it makes you and others feel, and for the enjoyment of it, you do your best work. People notice the genuine in your eyes, that child like optimism and energy for life, and they want in on it.

My main goal in life is to touch as many lives, and induce as many smiles as I can, as long as I'm walking this earth. I want to inspire, hence why I decided to share what's on my mind this morning yall. Believe in yourself, know your a unique individual, a one of a kind, a constantly evolving/improving spirit, and a genuinely beautiful person. People like different, go be you. ❤️✌🏻

#inspired #behappy #dontworry #lovethelove

Wish I was back here right now. Just saying. #mommaloveswater


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