Something True


Airdate: August 28, 2017

Katie Oates is a singer and songwriter. Her music explores the longings and connections that invite us into the higher graces of our humanity. There is laughter and tears in her lyrics and the thrill of getting lost in a song. There is a clever flirtation in her words and a vulnerability in her desires. What is true about her music is what is true about Katie: she has a grateful and generous spirit that seeks to make relationships meaningful, playful and profound. She has been a singer throughout her life - from church choirs to musical theater to smoky bar room stages - but it has been in mid-life that she began composing and performing original songs. Katie inspires us to do the same: to find our voice and to discover the best in ourselves. 

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in singing and songwriting and a journey to give voice to the connections that matter.


  • Katie sings 'When Dragons Were Real.'

  • She talks about growing up as a preacher's daughter and what she carries with her to this day.

  • She discusses going away to boarding school, college and graduate school, and the push and pull of music.

  • Katie reflects on the importance of story in her life and work.

  • She reads words she wrote about craving connection to the 'funny, odd, poignant and limitless.'

  • Katie answers whether the past and future are quite sufficient.

  • She talks about why many people feel lost and disconnected, what's next in her work, and whether fame is something she desires.

  • Katie sings 'Edge of a Hurricane.'

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  • What are your thoughts about Katie's comments?

  • How have you found your voice in life?

  • Is your past and future always sufficient?

  • How do you discover the best in yourself?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts.