Kathleen “Katie” Brien, better known as Katy B, (born 8 May 1989) is an English singer-songwriter and a graduate of the BRIT School. She is a dubstep, rnb, funky, house and uk garage singer and has also performed under the name Baby Katy. She was born in Peckham, South London. Having been offered “major label deals” in 2009, she released her first single with the label Rinse in 2010. The same year, she completed a degree in Popular Music at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Katy B is certainly one to watch, the talented teen has already galvanised massive underground success with her Funky tracks Tell Me' and As I', both gained widespread radio support and the former went on to be signed to Ministry of Sound.
Katy's songs demonstrate her old soul; mature, insightful lyrics wrapped in the richly soulful texture of her voice. The singer song-writer and Brit School graduate wowed a sold-out crowd at Somerset Housein the summer and is currently working on her debut album which includes productions from Zinc '138 Trek', Geeneus 'Get Low' and Benny Ill Horsepower, as well as a collaboration with Mercury Music Prize winner Ms Dynamite.
Fostered by the vibrant Funky scene, Katy B has travelled the length and breadth of the UK performing PA's of her club hits, captivating audiences with her luscious vocals which betray a passion and understanding of the legacy of great soul and R&B singers that she is set to become a part of.
Geeneus, with whom Katy B collaborated with, works for Rinse FM, following the official recognition of the station in June 2010 (formerly a pirate radio station),Rinse presented Katy B's first single, "Katy On a Mission", which was produced by Benga and was released on 22 August 2010. The single reached number 5 on the UK Singles Chart and number 1 on the UK Indie Chart. Katy B performed at the London Jazz Festival in 2009 with Ms Dynamite and is collaborating with Ms Dynamite on her upcoming album. Ms. Dynamite also featured on Katy's second single, "Lights On" which was released in the UK on 19 December 2010, where it debuted at number 4 on the UK Singles Chart.