Kat White is an indie folk-pop singer-songwriter based in Oakland, CA. Kat teaches guitar and ukulele lessons in the Bay Area, and often makes up songs with her students for practice. These songs were the inspiration for Kat’s debut children’s album, In the Eye of the Owl, a collection of harmony-rich, whimsical, and heart-felt songs about animals. The album is available on CD, digital download, and on most streaming services.
Evaluation comments from our NAPPA Awards Music Judge:
“The Bay Area-singer/songwriter ventures deep into the animal world on this quirky 10-track album. There’s an ode to a turkey vulture who people think is a hawk along with a tune about a hedgehog who reminds listeners that Hedgehog Day existed before Groundhog Day. And how many albums – children’s or otherwise – contains songs about a pangolin and a capybara? Elsewhere, you’ll encounter an apologetic opossum and “Stewart the Unlucky Fly.” White, if you haven’t noticed yet, has an affinity for animals that aren’t known for being cute and cuddly. In fact, her folksy songs hold a bit of a dark streak in their humor, which is quite refreshing. On the excellent “Little Spider,” White spins a wonderfully constructed tunes that both praises the spider’s magical web-making talents while also asking it go far away from her. Near the tune’s end, White confides: “I won’t hurt you/you don’t belong under a shoe/So I won’t hurt you/Because frankly I’m too scared to” before adding: “but that’s something my boyfriend might do.” White finds new ways to sing about animals, which will greatly amuse kids who have outgrown those itsy-bitsy nursery rhymes.”