Kirkintilloch singer Katie Sutherland bounces back after major label setback

Katie Sutherland
Katie Sutherland

A talented singing starlet has shrugged off the disappointment of being dropped by her record label to power back with a new single and album.

Katie Sutherland, from Kirkintilloch, had the world at her feet just six years ago under the recording name ‘Pearl and the Puppets’.

Signed up by Elton John’s management company, hotly-tipped by the press and with the ink still drying on major label contract - the sky was the limit.

There was also the small matter of supporting new pal Sir Elton in front of a sold out SECC. Not bad for somebody who had yet to write more than a handful of songs.

But after two years of recording her debut album she was given the earth-shattering news that she was being dropped by her label, who then refused to release the mastertapes of her work that they owned.

Katie, determined to remain positive, told the Herald: “They basically own you and your work and being trapped in a label not putting anything out is horrible. It’s frustrating to have fans asking you when a record is going to be out and not being able to tell them.

“As soon as you are released there’s real freedom. At first you don’t know whether it is what you really want, but it really is a blessing.”

She swiftly reverted back to her real name and was headhunted by the chief executive of Pledge Music - which allows fans to fund artists directly.

Just 18 months after her greatest disappointment, Katie has now finished her debut album ‘Canvas’, with the single of the same name set for release on November 18.

She said: “It’s nice to now be in control and to own the publishing rights to everything I record. It’s great to have such a close relationship with the fans and I’ve had more than 400 pledges, many from America and Australia.

“People tend to concentrate on targets but I’m just thankful to be living my life and doing what I do.

“The future is bright and that is what Canvas is about.”

It’s a future which includes getting married in June, as well as moving house and planning a UK tour early next year.

It seems Katie’s canvas is filling up nicely.