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Thompson Raising The Bar Again

Thompson Raising The Bar Again

Life has just got a lot more manic for Hokitika’s world-famous songwriter Katie Thompson.

The go-getter, who has self-financed or fan funded her two albums, Tall Poppy and Impossible, is back of the funding trail. She hopes to raise $15,000 through to record a live EP and three singles in Christchurch with noted British producer Greg Haver. His long-standing relationship with the Manic Street Preachers has included producing frontman James Bradfield’s solo album. In several visits to New Zealand, he’s worked with OpShop, The Checks, Nathan King, Carly Binding and Pluto. “I was lucky enough to met up with Greg when I raised the money online for Impossible,” Thompson said. “I then travelled over to the UK to record with Greg at Modern World Studios. That was an amazing experience. I realised it had been two years since my time in the UK and that quite frankly is too long so I sent Greg an email asking when he would be in New Zealand next.

“He just happens to be coming over in November and in Christchurch at the new Quicksand Recording Studios which is perfect for me. So although it doesn't give me much time to raise the money I'm pretty determined once I set my mind to these things.”

Since the release of her last album Impossible, Thompson has appeared on The Breakfast Show, opened for Sir Elton John and wowed audiences around the country from Auckland to Gore. “I have some great little songs that I can't wait to get recorded and show people! I want to record three singles and a live EP,” Thompson said. If anyone can do it, Thompson can. She was one of the first artists worldwide to raise $50,000 through online funding website

If you'd like to be part of helping Katie make the “impossible” possible go to Purchase plans are from as little as $10 to received the EP digitally and $25 to get your very own signed copy.

“There's even a chance for fans to come into the studio while we're recording the EP or even have me come play at their house,” Thompson said.

Check out the latest music video for Cruel to Be Kind.


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