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October 23, 2001
Red Hill Records

To avoid any potential confusion, it should be stated upfront that this is NOT Kate Hudson, the 21-year-old daughter of Goldie Hawn who's up for an Oscar this year for her role in the film Almost Famous. Katy Hudson is a 16-year-old singer/songwriter releasing her self-titled debut on Red Hill Records. You may have seen Katy recently on Phil Joel's Strangely Normal tour. If not, you'll want to make the effort soon, or at least pick up her album.

Katy Hudson's game is alternative pop/rock, much like the electronica- meets-folk-rock sound of Fiona Apple. Her strong, throaty, and sometimes soulful vocals give her a unique sound—a cross between Kendall Payne, Jennifer Knapp, Nichole Nordeman, Sarah McLachlan and Rachael Lampa (it's no small feat to sound like five different singers!). Her songwriting skills are so strong, it's difficult to believe she's only 16—and was merely 15 when she wrote most of these songs.

The lead single, "Trust In Me," features haunting strings with lots of electronica effects and solid rock roots. It's the first song she wrote, and it's as good as most of what you hear on the radio! I like the way her dark, questioning verses ("How could I be clean when I was so dirty?/How could I be made whole when I was torn apart?") are answered with the joyous-sounding chorus ("Don't worry, for I've healed the blind man and set the captives free"). The award for the most unique track goes to "Growing Pains," which has a goofy but artsy feel similar to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" or PFR's "Goldie's Last Day." The lounge-jazz meets art-rock feel of it is pure ear candy with the message that we're being molded perpetually into Christ's image.

Katy had a hand in writing all the songs on the album. It's interesting ...

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