“Music is my greatest joy. I sing what I think and feel. This way I can use the power of songs and share positive energy.”
Katja is known as a soloist, back up singer and a singer equally at home in a choir, duet setting and other groups. As a soloist she had first appeared in front of a wider Slovenian audience at the Battle of Talents Show (Bitka talentov) in 2005. In 2006 she placed first alongside Yuhubanda at the legendary Slovenian Popular Song Contest (Slovenska popevka), which brought her a continuity of appearances on concert stages, festivals and TV shows all over Slovenia: Summer night (Poletna noc), 50 years of the Slovenian Popular Song Contest (Slovenska popevka), Sunday’s Afternoon (Nedelsjko popoldne), Home Again (Spet doma), Guess Who’s Coming for Dinner (Ugani, kdo pride na vecerjo) and Parade, Everything Till Now (Parada, vse do danes) being just a few of many. She is known also as a back up singer at the Eurovision Song Contest in the years 2006, 2011 and 2012 as well as at the Slovenian Popular Song Contest, Ema, Parade, My Slovenia (Moja Slovenia) and along many studio recordings. In 2012 she debuted with her original album entitled What’s On My Mind? (Ves, kaj mislim?) with some help of her musician friends Marko Crncec, Martin Bezjak, Vid Zgajner and others. This album consists of 11 songs written by Katja, and was published by a Slovenian label Celinka.
She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she performs, composes, teaches and gains new musical and life experiences.
Before heading to the office, join Arts Brookfield on the first Wednesday of every month through November for an early morning dose of coffee and acoustic music! Slovenian singer Katja Koren and acoustic guitarist Mak Grgic combines musical worlds with selections of jazz standards played classically, classical tunes played funky, world music played acoustically. May 6 @ 8am Welcome! http://artsbrookfield.com/event/acoustic-caffeine-katja-km2-group/
We just heard some great news from across the pond. The song Piece of My Heart (Koscek mojega srca), which Katja recorded in collaboration with the Studiogrooves (Fedja Juvan and Tim Bridges), was chosen amongst 250 songs to be one of the 14 songs featured on Val 202 compilation We Have Good Music Val014 (Imamo dobro glasbo Val014), the yearly compilation of Slovenia’s most popular radio. For more info click here: http://val202.rtvslo.si/2014/05/imamo-dobro-glasbo-14-izbrancev-za-kompilacijo-val-014/.
After a long and fruitful creative period in a studio Katja decided to obtain some experience in other countries as well, and the wind was so strong that it propelled her all the way to the other side of the globe, where she is on the look out for new musical challenges. Here she is currently performing with top musicians such as Mak Grgic, guitarist, Louis Von Taylor from the Kool & The Gang, Del Atkins, Joel Scott, Darryl Crooks (Snoop Dogg, Ledisi), Eric Valentine and others.
There is always time for some creative thinking in between performing and teaching. In 2013 Katja had the pleasure of working with exceptional musicians and producers: Vid Zgajner, Marko Crncec, Fedja Juvan, Tim Bridges, Janez Skrobe, Ziga Mraz… What do they have in the store for us now?