Our Conversation with Katie Basden, Former Finalist on ‘The Voice’

Our Conversation with Katie Basden, Former Finalist on ‘The Voice’

The Durham native shares about how she got her start in music and where her path leads next


Born and raised in Durham – she attended Eno Valley Elementary School, Brogden Middle School and graduated from Riverside High SchoolKatie Basden started her solo career at age 15 before moving to Nashville at 18. In 2016, Katie placed as a Top 20 finalist on NBC’s “The Voice,” working with coach Blake Shelton after initially joining Adam Levine’s team. Prior to her appearance on the show, she launched new music on her sophomore project, “Release the Sound.”

I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. My mom recalls me singing and making harmony with her before I was even speaking!
I was pretty young when I started playing in local coffee shops, but the first couple true years of my music career were spent in Nashville while I was a college student. Because of that, I feel like I’m just now starting to tap into the eclectic
music community in Durham. Watching local artists and musicians from my hometown free themselves through their own creativity is one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen in the music industry.
I feel like there’s such an abundance of great music coming out of Durham right now, and there has been for a while! Now more than ever, artists are feeling compelled to express themselves, and it’s a really beautiful thing.
Auditioning on The Voice was electric! The actual blind audition was incredibly surreal, and the overall experience was an absolutely amazing journey. Not only did I learn so much about voice control and stage presence, but also about myself as an artist and the impact music can have on others. It taught me how to love people through all circumstances. I’m the most thankful for that.
If I had to throw away all of my records except one, which would I keep? So unfair, [but] if I had to choose – “Raising Sand” by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.
What’s next? The golden question! I’ve never felt more connected to my creative side than I have right now, and I’m doing my best to harness that motivation. I’m just now becoming the woman I’ve always wanted to be, and I’m constantly inspired by those who are consistently motivating my refreshed creativity. I’m striving for that in my life. I love being on the road, so I plan to keep playing music for the good folks who listen. I’ll also always be writing, so new music is on the horizon!

Photography by Marissa Roberts