Katie Underwood


Music, Media, Lifestyle | The Arts, Hosts/MC's

Katie’s debut album ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Baby’ highlights her sultry vocals which exquisitely deliver a selection of jazz standards and original songs penned by Katie herself, plus an exclusive jazz-infused recording of her classic dance hit ‘Beautiful’. This album utilises Katie’s versatility as a singer and also a songwriter creating music that no doubt inspires as well as excites. Katie heads up a world class corporate and festival Jazz Band and is a fabulous, warm and energetic host or MC for any function or event.

Katie Underwood started her professional career in Australia in the year 2000 as a member of the pop group Bardot. The band was launched on the hugely successful TV program ‘Popstars’. Bardot achieved massive success in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, with more than double-platinum sales for their debut album and singles. Katie left the group in 2001.

In 2002 Katie returned to the music scene with Australian dance act Disco Montego. Together they had a HUGE hit with the song ‘Beautiful’. The song was certified GOLD and peaked at No. 9 on the ARIA charts. It was a No. 1 Club hit, for which they also won an APRA award in 2003. Katie’s association with Disco Montego continued with the follow up single ‘Magic’ which also featured on their Top 20 album, ‘Disco Montego’. Katie’s first solo single ‘Danger’ earned her another APRA nomination in 2004. Katie’s song writing skills were again highlighted when her song Pop Trash, was released by South African and Serbian Idol winners in 2005 and 2006. More recently Katie worked with T-Funk on track ‘Please Be Together’, which was released by Ministry of Sound in June 2006 and went to No. 1 on the ARIA club chart.

Katie’s career propelled her into television, working as a presenter in the Channel 7 series Undercover Angels as well as performing at numerous public, TV and charity events over the years. These include Carols in the Domain, Rumba, Fashion Rocks, Style Aid and Pride (Perth) to name a few. Her more recent appearances include a headline performance at the Opening of Melbourne’s Midsumma Carnival in and SleazeBall in Sydney in 2006. Katie won the Rainbow Award for Best Live Performance in 2006.

Her first venture into theatre production was the comedy/burlesque musical, Dark Angels, in Melbourne in 2007, for which she also wrote 3 songs and starred in the lead role. Dolls, Doves and a Diva, was her next cabaret venture, produced for the Melbourne Comedy Festival 2008. She also recently starred in a successful season of David Tydd’s musical Valentino in 2009, alongside her fellow Bardot band mate Tiffani Wood and Normie Rowe.

This year sees Katie Underwood transform back into the jazz soul stress and media personality she was born to be!

Amazingly it has been 10 years since the first Australian reality television program, Popstars, launched the career of Katie Underwood and brought her into the homes of many admiring fans across the country. Since that illustrious beginning, Katie has continued to develop her impressive range of talents. From humble beginnings as a member of multi-platinum, award winning pop-group Bardot, Katie has gone from strength to strength with a career that boasts nominations for 2 ARIA awards (best video and best dance release) and 2 APRA awards (Beautiful and her solo single Danger), winning the APRA in 2003 for her best dance release, Beautiful. Both of her Dance releases, Beautiful and Be Together reached # 1 on the ARIA Club Chart.

Returning to our television screens to perform good deeds for those in need, Katie appeared as a presenter for Channel 7 on Undercover Angels and was also as a three-time guest presenter on Channel 10’s The Panel. Showcasing her flair for musical theatre, Katie then hit the stage and starred in productions such as Dark Angels, for which she also wrote three songs, in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Moving onto producing, Katie then produced her own cabaret show, Dolls, Doves & a Diva, for the 2008 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Katie has also won the Rainbow Award for Best Live Performance in 2006 for the Opening of the Midsumma Carnival in Melbourne and was the headline act at Sydney’s SleazeBall in the same year.

With numerous performances under her belt, such as TV and charity events like Carols in the Domain, Rumba, Fashion Rocks, Style Aid and Pride (Perth), Katie holds being selected to sing a jazz number for former president Bill Clinton at “A Night in New Orleans with Bill Clinton” at the Sydney Convention Centre as one of the highlights of her career.

Now Katie is reveling in her long-time love of jazz, swing and blues. With a new jazz album, Ain’t Nobody’s Baby currently available at JB Hifi and on iTunes. The album features a selection of jazz sounds and original songs together with an exclusive jazz-infused recording of her classic dance hit Beautiful. The best is yet to come for this unique and diverse performer.

AWARDS / NOMINATIONS

  • ARIA nomination – Best Pop release & Best Video in 2002 - ‘Beautiful’
  • APRA AWARD –  Most Played Dance Release in 2002 - ‘Beautiful’
  • APRA Nomination – Most played dance release in 2003 – ‘Danger’
  • Rainbow AWARD – Best Live Performance in 2006
     

MAJOR MUSIC PERFORMANCES & EVENTS

  • ARIA Awards – with BARDOT, 2000
  • ‘Tour De Force’ with the Australian Army Band, East Timor 2001
  • RUMBA Festival 2002 – Adelaide, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane
  • Pride Festival – Perth 2002
  • ‘A Night in New Orleans’ with Bill Clinton – featured Jazz vocal performance at Sydney Convention Centre 2002
  • L’Oreal Colour Trophy Awards
  • Carols in the Domain - 2001 & 2003
  • STYLEAID – Perth 2003
  • Fashion Rocks @ Crown Casino 2004
  • NRL Grand Final – performance with Christine Anu & Caroline O’Connor - 2004/2005
  • Foxtel’s 10th Birthday Celebrations – ‘Lady Marmalade’ with Christine & Caroline - 2005
  • Opening of Midsumma Carnival @ Federation Square, Melb 2006
  • Equal Love Rally, Fed Sq Melb 2008 (jazz)
  • GAYDAY, Brisbane - 2009
  • Pride Festival, Melbourne (jazz) - 2009
  • Bankstown City Christmas Carols, Sydney 2010 (jazz)


MUSICALS

  • Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat – MS Society, Adelaide - 2005  (Lead role as the Narrator)
  • Dark Angels – a cabaret/burlesque musical @ Ondergronds, Melbourne - 2007
  • Dolls, Doves & A Diva (cabaret/comedy) Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Trades Hall - 2008
  • Valentino – The Musical, Sydney - 2009 (Lead role - Betsy)


TELEVISION

  • Popstars – member of the pop-group Bardot (Ch 7), 2000
  • Geoffrey Robertson’s Hypothetical – guest panelist (Ch 7), 2000
  • The Panel –  2 x guest panelist (Ch 10), 2001 – 2003
  • The Panel – interview and performance of “Beautiful”, 2002
  • Good Morning Australia (Ch 10), 2004
  • Dancing with the Stars – guest singer, 2004
  • Spicks & Specks – guest panelist (ABC), 2005
  • Friday Night Games (Ch 10), 2006
  • Australia’s Brainiest Musician, 2006
  • The Morning Show with David & Kim, 2009


RADIO

  • Co-host with Andy & Adrian, Thursday Breakfast show on JOYFM, 2009/2010
  • Co-host with Jo Lanning, Friday Express on JOYFM, 2010


FILM

  • Nice/Hot – Short Film (Natalie) – 2009
  • Submerge – DJ/ hot girl (featured extra) – yet to be released


CORPORATE

  • Ellis St, Melbourne (private function) - 2008
  • Camp Quality Fundraiser – Chandon Supper Club (jazz) - 2009
  • Crown Oaks, Melbourne (pop / jazz) - 2009
  • Crown New Years Eve spectacular (jazz) - 2009
  • Chique Events, EXTRAVAGENT @ Crown (pop) - 2010


MC

  • Hyundai – Getz pre-launch sales conference, Port Douglas – 2002


MUSIC RELEASED

  • Bardot - Debut album, 2000
  • ‘Beautiful’ & ‘Magic’ -  Disco Montego album, 2002
  • ‘Danger’  - dance single, 2003
  • ‘Be Together’ (with T-Funk) -  dance single, 2006
  • ‘Ain’t Nobody’s Baby’ – debut jazz album, 2009


NIGHTCLUBS & PUBLIC VENUES

  • Academy – Canberra
  • Family – Brisbane
  • Eve – Melbourne
  • The Market – Melbourne
  • One Love @ The Prince, Melbourne
  • PACHA @ Family – Brisbane
  • Platinum – Gold Coast
  • Velvet – Cairns
  • UN – Sydney
  • D & D Ball - Canberra
  • D & D Winterball - Melbourne
  • Metro – Fremantle
  • The Perth Cup - Perth
  • Seven – Melbourne
  • The Roxy – Parramatta
  • SleazeBall (Headline performer) - Sydney
  • Candylips @ ARC – Sydney
  • Harbourside – Fremantle
  • Discovery – Darwin
  • Rapture – Adelaide
  • King St Hotel – Newcastle
  • Q Bar – Melbourne  
  • Pinkalicious – Melbourne  
  • Priscilla’s – jazz band residency - Melbourne
  • The Sloaney Pony – Jazz band residency - Melbourne
  • The Laird – 30th Birthday - Melbourne 
  • Lagerfield Bar @ Crown - Melbourne (jazz) 
  • Rock the Boats - Melbourne (jazz)
  • The Promethean, Adelaide – Jazz Tour
  • The Vanguard, Sydney – Jazz Tour
  • Red Bennies, Melbourne - Jazz Tour

TESTIMONIALS

“Katie Underwood performed with amazing tone and energy”.
Charissa Harrison – Director, Chique Events