So beautiful…you are the real deal, I can see that, and hopefully with the right circumstances many others will too.”
Katy Mantyk singer songwriter

BIO

Katy Mantyk is a songbird from New Zealand, now nesting in the mountains of New York. Her sound is cinematic-folk-pop.

Currently working on production of a collection of songs, her first song "Search No More" came out on May 13, 2020, and “Shooting Star” on December 5, 2020. Her debut EP "From Dust to Gold" slated to be finished production late 2020.

“I love the sound and style of artists like The Staves, First Aid Kit, Nick Drake, Ben Harper, Penny & Sparrow, and The Civil Wars to name a few, but could never fail to mention classical composers like Bach and Mozart, artists like Maria Callas and Pavarotti, or the current artistic genius of Shen Yun’s orchestral music.”

Katy works intuitively and purposefully on her art, but that has come after many years of digging deep into philosophy and art to give herself the foundation she felt was needed. 

As a very shy girl, she taught herself guitar and piano, and instead of coming out as a performer, studied Audio Engineering & Production. Songwriting was a secret escape. Her friends tried to draw her out once they heard her voice. But, being a person who fundamentally needed a deeper meaning to what she was doing, decided she didn’t have the spiritual depth or understanding yet to create music of value.

She had begun learning an ancient meditation practice from China, called Falun Dafa. She says it cleared up her health problems, helped her overcome depression, and revealed insights into the nature of life and the universe that she’d always been hoping to find. 

“I’ve spent the majority of my adult life cultivating and meditating on Compassion, Truth, and Tolerance,” she explained. Those studies also led to understanding the divine nature of art.

“I have learned that the inner world of an artist affects the art they create profoundly, and that art profoundly affects the person seeing or hearing it. As the saying goes, we are what we eat. Our minds and souls require even more respect.”

But her music career got put on ice. Instead she dedicated the next decade of her life to something that shocked her to the core. The Chinese Communist Party was locking up, torturing, and killing anyone who practiced Falun Dafa in China. “Over 70 million people were doing this meditation practice, and over night were labelled for elimination by the CCP.” Katy became a human rights activist, and moved to New York City to be more involved. 

But her heart's great wish was to record and share all the songs she has written. So, while juggling a family and a full time job, Katy squeezed out time to begin producing her album. “If nothing else comes of all this work, I’ve at least had a cosmic sized lesson in patience.” It’s been a long and slow process, one that she has questions many, many times if it was worth it. 

“Almost every single time I got to that point of giving up and wondering if it was worth it, I would get a random message from someone, often I didn’t even know them, telling me how much my music means to them.” 

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PRESS

 

  • Article in Magnifissance Magazine, Issue 102, Summer 2020:  Music Heals 

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Human Rights concert Ride to Freedom at Lincoln Memorial in 2016.

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