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August 2013

Following the national release of her debut EP Fireproof in 2012, Western Australian independent singer / songwriter Katie O’Donnell returns with On the Inside (Tayla’s Song – Butterfly Edition) – an emotionally charged ballad which is set to not only touch hearts, but make a real difference to Aussie kids in need, by raising funds for Variety – the Children’s Charity.

On the Inside (Tayla’s Song – Butterfly Edition) began as a poem, written by WA teen Tayla Hancock, who was just 16 when she lost her battle with cancer. Tayla’s words were brought to life by industry greats Suze DeMarchi (Baby Animals) and Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) to create a candid and beautifully poignant personal narrative of vulnerability and the fragility of life.  Katie was privileged to perform Tayla’s song on many occasions, including at a special fundraiser while she was still undergoing treatment and sadly at her funeral.

Inspired by Tayla’s bravery and with the blessing of the Hancock family, Suze and Nuno, Katie penned additional verses and a chorus for On the Inside (Tayla’s Song – Butterfly Edition) to complete Tayla’s story after her passing. The lyrics speak of Tayla’s journey from helplessness to eventual acceptance and her feelings of hope that other people not take life for granted.

In honour of Tayla, part proceeds from the sale of On the Inside (Tayla’s Song – Butterfly Edition) will be donated to Variety – the Children’s Charity.  The single is available now for download from iTunes and other online music retailers.

The song also features members of WA’s acclaimed Variety Youth Choir, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2013.

June 2013

Katie O’Donnell returned to NSW in June as guest performer at a special fundraising event for Variety – the Children’s Charity. See all the photos from her performance here.

February 2013

Katie O’Donnell was thrilled to be one of the top three nominees in the Best Female Artist category of the Go for 2 & 5 WA Country Music Awards 2013.  It was Katie’s first nomination in the awards, which are presented annually at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival.

January 2013

She’s only just arrived home from the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival, but Katie O’Donnell can’t wait till next time!  Katie made her successful debut at the Festival, performing on the Council’s HQ Stage, as part of the line up for the Storytellers concert series and as a special guest at the Legends Lunch at Wests… see all the fun here.

December 2012

Katie O’Donnell is set to make her debut at the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival! Katie has just accepted an invitation from Tamworth Council to perform on their HQ Stage on Tuesday 22 January as part of the festival, and will also appear as one of the featured artists in Nia Robertson’s ‘Storytellers’ concert series on Friday 25 January 2013.

9 August 2012

Katie O’Donnell’s debut EP ‘Fireproof’ is now available for download from iTunes! Follow the links through the music page to download today.

20 July 2012

‘Fireproof’ the debut single from WA’s Katie O’Donnell will air for the first time on the Country Music Channel this Sunday 22 July 2012. Thanks to everyone who submitted their requests to get the video on air, and please keep ‘em coming! Just follow this link, search ‘Fireproof’ or ‘Katie O’Donnell’ and submit your vote today! http://www.countrymusicchannel.com.au/request_single_search

30 April 2012

The national Musicoz Awards are presented each year to recognise the country’s best unsigned and independent artists. We’re excited to announce Katie O’Donnell is one of the 2012 Musicoz Awards finalists in the Country category. Winners will be announced on 15 May at the Sydney Opera House.

12 April 2012

She’s WA’s best kept secret no more… Katie O’Donnell’s debut single ‘Fireproof’ has just been played on Europe’s #1 country music station, CMR Nashville, in their Australian showcase.

1 January 2012

Out of thousands of entries, Katie O’Donnell’s original songs ‘Where’s the Man’ and ‘Fireproof’ won 5# and 9# place respectively in the Country section of the 2011 Australian Song Writing Competition. A sign of many good things to come from this talented new singer song writer!