#MusicMonday: A Review of Kat Hamilton’s Incredible Debut Record “Recovery Songs”

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Nov 9 · 3 min read

by Ryan Cassata

Openly LGBTQ+ singer-songwriter Kat Hamilton is out with her Debut LP titled Recovery Songs. The songs were written in chronological order, making an incredible concept album about recovering from addiction and trauma. It’s rare for artists to release concept albums in today’s music industry. It’s a difficult feat and Kat Hamilton surely shows off her songwriting skills on this record.

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Kat pours out her heart in the 35 minute, 9 song record. Starting with “Medicine Line”, where she talks about being in treatment center, and ending with “Plastic Folding Chairs”, Hamilton journeys through many different genres and musical inspirations. She also travels through different emotions. She is fearless and unafraid to share openly and honestly. Her openness shows others struggling that they are definitely not alone in their feelings.

My personal favorite song from the album is “Ohio” which has a more pop-rock edge to it compared to the other songs on the record. The lyrics go deep, talking about early sobriety and making amends to those she has potentially hurt. The chorus is catchy and unique, telling the story of why Hamilton doesn’t feel comfortable going back to the state of Ohio. She sings the lyrics with passion; “I guess I’m no longer welcome in Ohio…and I already know…”

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Her voice carries an authenticity that many artists do not access anymore. Her tone is raw, the emotion bleeds through in the most powerful way. The record in its entirety shows off Kat Hamiltons versatility genre-wise. She has the ability to shift her vocal delivery to fit every single genre that she touches upon. The songwriting is strong throughout the 9 tracks, telling the story of early sobriety and recovery, showing her strength, while providing listeners with hope that they can trudge through their own struggles and get through too. If Kat can go through all of this and make it out on the other side, so can you. This record is a testament of that.

She shares openly: “I was really lost, I had just gotten out of a recovery center and these songs became my way of coping.”

Struggling with mental health and/or addiction are things that many LGBTQ+ people go through.

You can visit this government website to find out statistics about the LGBTQ+ community and substance abuse: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drug-topics/substance-use-suds-in-lgbtq-populations

You can visit this website to find statistics about the LGBTQ+ Community and mental health: https://www.mhanational.org/issues/lgbtq-communities-and-mental-health

The National Helpline # is 1–800–662–4357 and its website is https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Ryan Cassata is an award winning singer-songwriter, actor, performer, writer and LGBTQ activist & motivational speaker based in Los Angeles. With features in Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and The Daily News, Ryan has made the most of his young career, which started when he was just 13.

As a musician with over 550 performances touring across the United States and internationally, including dates on the Van’s Warped Tour, SXSW and at the worlds biggest pride festivals, Ryan has been praised by The Advocate saying he’s a “Transgender singing sensation”, Paper Magazine put him on the “50 LGBTQ Musicians You Should Prioritize” list, LOGO put him on the “9 Trans Musicians You Need To Get Into” list and Billboard put him on the “11 Transgender & Non-Binary Musicians You Need to Know” list and premiered his most recent music video for “Daughter.” He has also been heard on Sirius XM Radio, BBC Radio 4 and other radio stations around the world. MORE INFO AT: http://www.ryancassata.com/

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