BIO

Granddaughter to professional concert pianist, Katelyn Benton was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and took to the piano immediately. Sparked by her Grandmother’s influence, but fueled by her own love of music, Benton began lessons after tirelessly pleading to her mother. Following a move to Colorado, Benton continued to study classical piano throughout elementary, middle and high school, picking up an interest in performing and writing contemporary music along the way. At 13, Benton’s mother signed an affidavit that allowed Benton to perform as a musician and attend live music performances in Colorado’s 21+ bars and venues. As a freshman in High School, Benton recorded a full length album (Sycamore Street, 2001), and toured the front range with her band,playing in many of Denver’s acclaimed venues and opening formainstream touring pop acts. Benton received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where she graduated early with a BA in Professional Music. While in school, Benton formed a band and played in and around Boston and surrounding cities. In 2008 Benton moved to Los Angeles and began playing keyboards and vocals in local pop/rock act Nina Storey, while recording and releasing an EP (Once, 2009). In 2010 Benton began working with Scott Nickoley and Ryan Franks of Pendulum Music (Hell and Back, South Park), as a songwriter and session pianist and vocalist, while beginning to piece together her latest release,The Black, which was released in November 2016 under the pseudonym "Kadie Buquoi." In January 2016 Benton was featured on the premier of Fox’s SuperHuman for her musical ear, and ability to hear music by only watching a pianist’s hands (and not hearing a note). Benton continues to work as a studio and live musician and as a professional composer and songwriter. In Wintier 2016 Benton breaks ground on a solo piano project due out under the name, "Mimi Hart." Katelyn resides in Silverlake with her fiance’ Nabeel, her lovebird, Charlie, and her 87-year-old piano, Bertha.