One such person in my life is an amazing musician and mentor, a creator, a motivator, someone who embraces the magic of bringing people together and sharing something special – through music. This person is also a good friend of mine and I feel very lucky for the gift of his friendship. This is Mattie Barker, who I met almost 10 years ago when he was running an open mic with my house-mate at the time (and current band mate) Kieran Richardt.
These boys would set up early every Sunday morning at the Cave in Nobby Beach, where droves of people would come down to share a story, a joke a poem or a strum. And I was there most weeks, half nervous in anticipation of the tap on my shoulder to say “Katie you’re up next”.. (me? I cant sing.. said my holding back head voice.. but I did it anyway). Silently I had a little heart attack every time. I’m so greatful that Mattie and that whole supportive crowd at the Cave gave me (and everyone who had a go) that little push. Never had I really envisaged playing in front of people outside my own lounge room, but I’m greatful for the opportunity that has undoubtedly and infinitely been the groundwork for where I sit today as a nature lover, music artist and positive people person in my community. Mattie is still an irrepressible force in my life who unknowingly (?) and continually inspires me. So a few words I have to say to this man – thankyou and in his words ‘the highest’.