KiTTN (born Katherine Leander) is a Chicago native, currently residing in NYC. With both parents from Guyana, South America, KiTTN grew up listening to soca, calypso, reggae and jazz.
In high school, KiTTN played the Upright Bass and took classical orchestra class and was in a jazz band. KiTTN’s style is clearly influenced from a long history of listening to various musical genres.
KiTTN has always found joy in writing poetry and short stories; she took this hobby to the next level and launched a music career mid 2019.
Her first significant breakthrough came in the summer of 2020 (amidst the global pandemic) where she was invited to participate in The Takeover Festival (sponsored by Nordoff Robbins and Bose), an online festival and music conference designed to showcase talent and provide practical advice for independent musicians.
Her song Don’t Wait was featured in an aerial performance called The Graveyard Show (featured by Quark Circus) a boot-strapped, backyard, socially-distanced circus show about grief, death and healing.
She continued to build recognition with the release of her singles I Know You So Well and self titled album KiTTN, both surpassing 2k Spotify streams. She performed both songs during her first live Instagram concert in March. Both records are a nod to KiTTN’s storytelling style. KiTTN’s overall style is melodic like Kamaiyah and Chika with a feel-good vibe like Monie Love. Other influences include Rapsody Masego, Kaytranada and Hiatus Kaiyote.
KiTTN’s latest release Can’t Let Go also reached a major milestone for the artist, with Spotify stream reaching 9k in just under three weeks. KiTTN plans to spend the next several months working alongside Madeinqnsny to create her long anticipated first album.
You can follow her journey and creative process weekly on her Youtube channel series called Making The Album.