KP and the Boom Boom is reinventing soul for a new generation. Led by dynamic, UK-born front woman Kate Priestley (KP), the Austin-based band creates a highly innovative and instantly seductive future-soul sound, with hallmarks of R&B, funk, jazz, and hip-hop. KP and the Boom Boom’s high-energy live performances are infectiously danceable and inspire even the stodgiest crowds to shake their moneymakers. The band will release their debut album “The Brave” this summer.
KP began her musical journey while traveling in India, where a mysterious stranger approached her on the street and insisted that she sing for him. Despite his bizarre request and the fact that she only sang in the shower, she humored him and improvised while he played tabla. Their impromptu jam session led to weekly musical meetings, laying the foundation for KP’s future.
After traveling extensively around South America, picking up the guitar along the way, experiencing more chance meetings, and participating in a serendipitous open mic night in Guatemala, she eventually landed in Austin. There she joined forces with a group of talented music geeks whose diverse influences — combined with KP’s soulful vocals, eclectic style, and magnetic personality — form an aesthetic that is sophisticated, edgy, and impassioned.
The band made major waves in 2013, releasing a four-track EP produced by AJ Vallejo and debuting a music video for their single, “Feel It.” After being heralded as a Band to Watch at UTOPIAfest 2014 by Austin Fusion Magazine and The Horn, Austin City Limits Festival selected KP and the Boom Boom for an Official ACL Late Night Show in 2015. Shortly thereafter, they were chosen to support Snoop Dogg at ACL Live Moody Theater and were selected as a SXSW 2016 Official Showcasing Artist. They continue to stir up a buzz with a multitude of energetic performances leading up to their highly anticipated debut full-length album, to be released this summer.