Chicago native Katie Quick knows a thing or two about hard work, determination, and what it takes to make it in the music business. This former inner-city public school teacher left the classroom in 2007 to follow her dream of making music, and has since been working diligently as an independent artist, recording two albums of her original music, touring internationally, and building up an incredible network of fans through self-promotion and strong use of social media. Country music skeptics and critics alike have fallen head over heels for Katie’s unique brand of crossover alternative/country/pop. In fact, her debut album was hailed “a masterpiece…intriguing, captivating, and compelling,” by Maverick Magazine, one of the world’s leading country/americana music publications. This indie artist has garnered even bigger and better reviews with the release of her latest self-produced album, Valley Between Love. In fact, CountryChart.com expects her to have “a meteoric rise on the country charts…similar to that of Lady Antebellum,” and says, “she has the vocal chops to take on the divas of country music.” Maverick Magazine gave Katie another glowing review for this release calling it “absolutely inspirational work…a joy from start to finish!” So is Katie Quick truly the “next big thing?” WYCD 99.5 thinks so, along with thousands of fans worldwide. With all the buzz about this Chicago native, it’s no wonder she has been moving up at the speed of light in the country music scene. The most fascinating aspect of her career is that she has achieved all of this success on her own. Without the help of a record label, manager, booking agent, or public relations firm, this former teacher has not only appeared on hundreds of television shows and radio stations worldwide (including ABC, NBC, GAC, CMT, and more), won numerous contests like the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, Colgate Country Showdown, CMT Country Strong Contest, and many more, but she has singlehandedly launched her own groundbreaking arts and education program called The Fingertips Program. This unique inspirational concert experience (which combines live music with motivational speaking) has allowed Katie to get back to the classroom setting all while using her music to encourage students to follow their dreams. Not only has her fan base doubled since the creation of Fingertips, but the program has made Katie Quick a very unique artist with something more to offer the world than just her music.