Parky plug helps Katie to shine

Struggling songwriter set for stardom?

Eight months ago Katie Buckhaven was contemplating giving up her dreams of a music career and knuckling down to real life.

The Studham singer and songwriter was a firm favourite on the Luton music scene, but was struggling for a national break into the notoriously tough music industry.

Little did Katie know that by the beginning of 2005 she would be rushing around the country promoting her new album and have been tipped by Michael Parkinson as the next big thing.

This came after she sent a demo into Parky's Sunday Radio 2 show and it was plucked from the hundreds of tapes that arrive each week.

Katie's eponymous debut album, which also features her talented six-piece backing band, hit the record shop shelves at the beginning of this month.

Its twelve tracks blend blues, folk and jazz influences with Katie's haunting voice, and the record has been tipped to follow in the successful footsteps of other Parkinson favourites Katie Melua and Jamie Cullum.

Katie has been thrilled by a four out of five star review in The Guardian.

The Mail on Sunday describing it as "outstanding", and it has been played on Radio 2.

Katie Buckhaven's album is available from record stores now. Her next live performances before her forthcoming tour will be in St Albans, at The Horn Reborn on February 2, and the Maltings Arts Theatre on April 30.

To find out more visit www.katiebuckhaven.com.