Singer-songwriter Kat Leigh (they/them) has just announced their debut self-titled EP, produced by Erik Ron (Panic! At the Disco, Set It Off, Godsmack), due out October 11 via BMG.
Alongside the announcement, Kat shares their new single “Criminal”. The track shines a light on how one’s personal style or interests can feel unlawful in the eyes of others.
“‘Criminal’ to me is a very personal song believe it or not,” shares Kat. “I’m from a conservative, religious family so my darker style was not something they took lightly for much of my life. They would throw away certain decorations I had in my room if they felt it was ‘anti-religion’ or even ‘anti-republican.’ They would say I only liked these movies and listened to this music because I ‘hadn’t found God.’ One day I came home with ‘red rum’ (The Shining) tattooed on the backs of my wrists and that was their last straw. My step-mom called me a murderer/an advocate, they said it was evil, etc. I’ve always kind of been the ‘devil’s daughter’ in their eyes and for no reason other than I like scary movies, tattoos, and loud music. So to be literally called a murderer for simply having my own style was my last straw. ‘Criminal’ is an ode to that time and also poking fun at adults who take kids finding themselves and their styles so seriously.”