Feature: Kitty Rae – Lightning Strikes
Kitty Rae is making an electrifying entrance with their anticipated debut album, Lightning Strikes.
This debut captivates listeners with its moody, melancholic, and empowering sound – telling the compelling story of a genderqueer creative’s determination to find their voice and stand tall in a world constantly questioning their identity.
Drawing inspiration from acclaimed artists such as Halsey, Lorde, and Billie Eilish, Kitty Rae has crafted a unique musical style that combines raw, vulnerable lyrics with driven beats, rumbling bass, and captivating melodies. Their music resonates with a deep, dark quality, evoking a range of emotions from sassy defiance to introspective vulnerability.
The album delves into the theme of breaking free from society’s expectations and embarking on an emotional journey of self-empowerment.
Kitty Rae’s personal experiences with depression, anxiety, and their neurodivergent/queer identities have fueled their passion for empowering individuals to embrace their authentic selves, a trait that is captivating a growing worldwide audience who connect with her message of unapologetically being yourself.
Hailing from the rural town of Darley and currently based in Melbourne, Kitty Rae has swiftly become a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. In the past year, Kitty Rae’s talent has garnered significant attention, amassing over 18,500 followers on TikTok and achieving over 80,000 streams worldwide. Their music has been celebrated on Spotify’s Fresh Finds: AU + NZ Playlist, JOY 949’s The Sound of Now, won a Top Song award from the Real Songwriters of Melbourne, and reached the semi-finals of the esteemed 2023 International Songwriting Competition, out of over 15,000 applications worldwide. The album’s title track, “Lightning Strikes,” has also been announced as a finalist in the Listen Up Songwriting Prize 2023.
With their undeniable confidence and fierce attitude, Kitty Rae is gaining a reputation for their spectacular live show that will suck you in from start to finish.
Lightning Strikes is a testament to Kitty Rae’s artistry and their unwavering commitment to authentic self-expression. With its compelling vulnerability, captivating melodies, and powerful production, this debut album is destined to leave an indelible mark on the alt-pop landscape.
Kitty Rae‘s debut album Lightning Strikes is available to stream now.