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Meet Kat Williams

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kat Williams.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I was born and raised in Kingston Jamaica where I grew up listening to old-school reggae, classic rock alternative metal different genres soul R&B. I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in music, and I spent over a decade doing that. Touring, traveling, recording, producing, songwriting. I also used to promote and produce my own events and live concerts in Jamaica, which led to me hosting an event at my house where I cooked jerk chicken on a grill I had borrowed from a friend.

This sparked a passion for cooking in me immediately, and led to me pursuing a career in the culinary arts through a brief stint at culinary school in Philadelphia, and then spending the next four years working in different amazing restaurants across America. My wife and I decided to start our own events and catering company called Noisy Library in February 2019. Our aim is to cater and curate QTPOC events across America, back home in Jamaica, and across the world. We’re driven to work with other QTPOC organizations and businesses to help build the community, create safe spaces, and offer services that aren’t always accessible to marginalized groups. I have found a way to pair my passion for music and my passion for cooking into one entity with Noisy Library.

Please tell us about your art.
As a musician, my art brought people together who probably wouldn’t normally give each other the time of day. My music created a commonality amongst my Jamaican supporters especially, because it sparked the well-needed conversation of still being homophobic and admitting to liking my music. My message was never driven by activism, but I always considered my actions as activism. Being on stage, completely in my truth, was resistance. Singing love song about my girlfriends. Not making reggae music.

As a Chef, I am always a student. I try my best to approach each culinary opportunity with humility and grace. I also don’t limit myself to fitting into any one way of being a Chef. I apply the same creative process when curating a menu, as I would when creating a song or producing a concert. I consider the flavours the same way I consider my metaphors, and which bands would pair well with each other on a lineup. My overall message is perseverance and passion.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
Dont. Give. Up.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My artist name is Kat C.H.R. You can listen to my music on SoundCloud and I have music available for stream and purchase on iTunes and most digital platforms. I also recently collaborated with Dejavilla on an EP which is also available online.

Noisy Library is on Instagram at @_noisylibrary and that’s where we post all of our event updates.

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Noisy Library Co.

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