NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — On the earth of nation music Kat and Alex are rewriting the established order.
Since making an look on American Idol their profession hit the quick observe within the final yr.
“I’m excited, I’m excited to convey a bit of our tradition and our rising as much as our music,” stated Katherine Lopez, or “Kat.”
However in contrast to most nation artists, they’re including a Latin twist for at this time’s era of followers performing in each English and Spanish.
“So Latin tradition is about household, religion, pals, meals – that’s precisely what nation tradition is about. So form of if you correlate the 2 you understand we’re not so totally different,” stated Alex Garrido, Kat’s husband and the opposite half of the duo.
This comes because the business faces steady requires variety.
“If we do discuss race in a extra inclusive method it’s often black and white and we hardly ever take into consideration the Latino presence that has additionally at all times been there in nation music,” stated Amanda Marie Martinez, a fellow on the Division of Recording Business at Center Tennessee State College.
Martinez stated Kat and Alex’s stardom shouldn’t be all that stunning. “The nation music viewers has at all times been far more numerous than we typically consider it as.”
Martinez stated Latinos have at all times been a part of the style’s rising viewers, the problem has been discovering them illustration. “Actually there’s been an uncertainty about how one can faucet into that market as a result of I feel there’s a concern that followers received’t settle for nation artists who aren’t white,” she stated.
However a small handful of budding Latino artists like Kat and Alex are proving it may be accomplished.
“That’s simply why we do it, we do it as a result of persons are being impacted,” stated Alex. “That’s all that issues to us.”