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A Woman Of Many Talents – Katie Underwood

April 12th, 2010

Ten years ago, Katie Underwood was a household name after winning a place in the all girl band Bardot.

After an extremely successful run in the band, it dissolved and all the band members went their own ways.

Melbourne girl Katie, perused her successful solo career, in both Australia and the UK, having hits played nationally and internationally on commercial radio, as well as reaching the top 50 in the Aria charts. She took the dance and club avenue, becoming well known in the club scene for her high energy music and collaborations with other well known artists and DJ’s like Disco Montego.

She has made a mark for herself in the entertainment industry, and continues to do so. She has her finger in every pie – theatre, television, music and radio.

She is a down-to-earth and unaffected women, with a unique sense of style and popular sound.

Her life journey took a different avenue, now performing jazz music around Melbourne… But I’ll let Katie tell you what she’s up to at the moment… (P.S. – You must hear her version of the amazing song Hallelujah on her website)

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I have recently been performing with my jazz band around Melbourne, but hoping to tour regionally and around Australia later this year. I have also been spending some time writing and collaborating with a few DJ/Producers with the aim of releasing another dance track in the future.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I prefer my surroundings to be calm and somewhat ‘Zen’, so I guess the Japanese style of decor is most prevalent. My favourite piece of furniture at home is a Japanese circular display unit.

What is your favourite piece of clothing or accessory?

I’m really getting into white these days so anything white, pants, tops, bags I’m enjoying, especially in warmer weather. Favourite accessory would be a steel Owl pendant.

Do you have one feature in your home you love most?

A huge painting of a Bird Of Paradise plant.

Which foods and drinks most excite your taste buds?

Favourite new cocktail is the Aviation – making a comeback in a few of the cocktail bars around Melbourne.

What is your greatest extravagance?

My fondness for Veuve Clicquot and Billecart-Salmon Champagne

Greatest lesson learnt?

Success is about feeling happy with what you do, not what you’ve achieved in the eyes of others.

What advice would you give someone if they were thinking of a career in your industry?

Think very carefully about what you want to achieve and learn before you begin because once you’re in it, it’s often hard to see clearly and remember what you really want.

How do you maintain a life balance between work and home?

I currently work from home so I’m not sure I do have them balanced! I am conscious of taking a break to catch up with good friends regularly. They keep me grounded and sane.

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

I honestly don’t pay much attention to main stream fashion so I wouldn’t know where to begin!

How did you get into doing what you do?

My first major break came through Popstars (Australia’s first reality TV talent show) but the path that lead me to that point was quite diverse. I had been singing and also recorded a dance track with a guy in the UK. I guess I was started to gain confidence and experience in the music industry and Popstars came along at the right time.

What is your one design rule you like to stick to around the home?

Less is more.

My Mother/Father always told me…

It doesn’t matter what you do but how you do it. Take pride in your work, whatever it is and strive to be the best you can be.

Where is your favourite place to relax when you’re in Sydney?

Relax in Sydney? I didn’t know that was even possible….

How often do you eat out and cook at home?

Not as often as I would like! I live on Fitzroy St so there’s so much good food literally on my doorstep it’s hard not to take advantage and eat out quite a bit.

Signature dish?

Vegetarian Noodles with Fresh Coriander. Simple but effective.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My iPhone. I finally converted.

Being a Melbourne girl, but having spent alot of time in Sydney, what frustrates you most about Sydney?

That I don’t get to travel there as much as I used to!

When you come to Sydney, what is your favourite beach and why?

I’m not a huge beach lover but I always enjoyed Bronte beach because it’s quaint and quiet.

Three pet hates?

1. Superficiality.

2. Intolerance.

3. Judgement.

Fashion and home must-have’s?

A nice set of cocktail glasses and a shaker.

What is your one diva demand?

I’ve never had one. I might ask for a pineapple juice or something, maybe some Champagne (if it’s a club gig) but I won’t cry if I don’t get it. Life’s too short to be THAT kind of Diva.

Be sure to visit her website for more information: www.KatieUnderwood.tv