Katryna’s love for music began at a young age. She would dance around the house and read piano music by the time she was in preschool. Her parents tried getting her involved in numerous of activities such as soccer and tennis but she never clicked with anything else. After moving to Arizona in 2004, Katryna sang at a local talent show for the first time, leading her to get accepted into the Anderson Institute of Music (AIM). Katryna expanded her piano knowledge as well as began vocal lessons with the owner of AIM, Angela Anderson. Angela then introduced Katryna to her husband, Ed Anderson, who taught Katryna how to play guitar and exposed her to the world of songwriting. She began writing a song a night once she came home from school with the few chords she knew on guitar.
“I wasn’t born with the natural gift of songwriting.”
At the same time, Katryna was also being introduced to the world of horseback riding, attending lessons with Megan and Gary (Bad Dog) Bennett. Megan and Gary showed Katryna the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting. Katryna, her father, Mike Eastwood Vice President of ACMSA and her horse JRS Fancy Star began attending local shoots.
They have expanded to events all over Arizona, California and New Mexico. Katryna progressed rapidly in the sport winning multiple belt buckles and earned the “Most Improved Rider” award with the ACMSA in 2013 and is the Western National Champion L1 with SASS for 2013.
“I suppose I never expected how much I would love this sport.” Katryna says, “I’m so grateful for everyone accepting me. Not every adult wants to hang out with a sixteen year old but they’re all my biggest supporters and friends.
For her first single, “All the Girls Go Bang” she decided to combine her two loves of mounted shooting and music. Katryna, Ed Anderson and her father all had a part in developing this song. Katryna was hesitant to release the song way before her album was supposed to be released (almost a year) but her decision was smart because the buzz from the song lead to an opportunity for Katryna to write the music and lyrics title song for an all Arizona Western film called “Copper Wind”, Where the director Chaz Lee gave Katryna a chance to develop a song for his movie which was released on iTunes in October, 2012. The move is to be released the summer of 2014.
As if that weren’t impressive enough in late March 2014, Katryna will release her first debut album “Small Town Roads”. The album features songs for music lovers of every kind. This highly anticipated album has been causing a stir on social media everywhere. Her first single release off the album was “Silver Suitcase” on February 2014 and the second single is “Wounded”., released March 10 2014 on iTunes and Amazon. Katryna says, “I’m proud of this album. It’s different than what you hear on the radio and I think there’s a song on there for everyone to relate to.”
On the another note Katryna love writing so much she also has written two books over the past few years, and when we say a book we are looking at 300 pages of excitement and entertainment. She is working on the final version then plans on publishing them in 2015.
All Katryna’s songs can be found on iTunes and Amazon MP3. To follow Katryna and learn more about performances and release dates, you can find her on Facebook facebook.com/