Ang Kalatas April 2018 Issue - Page 3

OUR COVER Embedded in her DNA twice over WHEN TWO CULTURES CONVERGE ON ONE URBAN ARTIST ‘I like to write my songs at night. And when I write, I like being alone. I turn the lights off, except for one mood light, and just ‘vibe’ to whatever I'm working on, whether that's a new beat or a tune I have written on the guitar or piano. Then I let the lyrics come to me, let the magic happen.’ THE Filipino and Irish deep love of music and dance has been well recognised across the world, and they have come together in an attractive package born in Australia: Catherine Bartolome Thompson. Now popularly known as ‘Cat’ Thompson, she’s an urban artist who can dance as well as she sings, and writes most of her music. Cat released her latest single ‘Be Mine’ early this year, and it has been on the music charts and played at music bars across the USA, Europe, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Australia. She is also working on an album, ‘All I Need’ with Dutch producer Melandru. It must come naturally for Cat, a product of two distinct cultures from opposite sides of the world that share the distinction of having music and dance embedded in their DNA. Her mother Leila is from the Philippines, where almost every Pepe and Pilar can sing and dance. Cat’s father Bernard is from Northern Ireland, where song and dance are almost an Irish birthright. And fancy this: Cat was born in Brisbane, Queensland, spent her childhood in Japan, returned to Brisbane when she got older, and settled in Sydney in 2014 with her family. Cat’s first taste for making music was at age seven, when she took piano lessons. “I also started to sing as a kid,” she says. “Growing up I was inspired by Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and, of course, Whitney Houston.” Cat has been a front act for international stars including American hip-hop rapper Eve, Billboard’s Hot R&B/hip-hop Top Ten singer Lloyd, New Zealand hip-hop artists Savage, and MTV America’s best dance crew The Jabbawockeez. She also has been the opening act for Philippine star performers including multi-platinum recording artist Dingdong Avanzado and one of the Philippines’ biggest-selling female recording artists Jessa Zaragoza Cat went on three singing tours of the Solomon Islands and performed before members of the Solomon Islands Parliament. ..When she started serious singing and dancing in Brisbane, Cat featured in almost every Filipino community function including Barrio Fiesta and Mutya Ng Pilipinas. Indeed, Cat grow up doing gigs for charities. “I like helping people out,” she says. “In fact, my ultimate goal is to help people out with my singing and dancing.” Cat takes inspiration for songwriting from her own life-experience and from people around her. “I like to write my songs at night,” she says. “Inspiration always seems to hit late at night. “And when I write, I like being alone. “I turn the lights off, except for one mood light, and just ‘vibe’ to whatever I'm working on, whether that's a new beat or a tune I have written on the guitar or piano. “I let the lyrics come to me. You can never force creativity. “I just let the magic happen.” Cat Thompson’s minders are a team from Australian management company Ariz Point headed chief executive officer Nick Adelino. Ericka Lorenzo is artist manager, Quentin James public relations- marketing manager, and James Deane choreographer. n AK NewsMagazine, Vol 8 No 7 | APRIL 2018 03