Quick returns to Chicago to release ‘Endless Road’
By Jessi Virtusio Gig of the Weekemail@example.com Twitter: @JessiVirtusio August 7, 2013 5:49PM
Evergreen Park native Katie Quick now lives in Nashville, Tenn., and tours America with her Fingertips Program of music and motivational speaking.
♦ 8 p.m. Aug. 10
♦ Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago
♦ Tickets, $15, or $13 for center members
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Updated: September 10, 2013 6:09AM
She lives and breathes music, and that’s one of the coolest things about Katie Quick.
Talking with the Evergreen Park native, one can feel her enthusiasm for singing and songwriting.
Now living in Nashville, Tenn., the Mother McAuley High School alum will be back in Chicago on Aug. 10 for the CD release show for “Endless Road,” her third full-length.
“This new album feels very organic,” she said.
“It feels very much like a singer-songwriter in the vein of Carole King or Sara Bareillis with it all about the songs and not about the fancy production.”
The gig will be at the Beverly Arts Center and even features the chance for ages 18 and younger to win a house concert by Quick.
“I really wanted the kids to be there to experience this concert,” she said of the free raffle for the private gig.
“I have seen thousands of kids in the past couple of years. When I’m doing Fingertips, it’s me and my guitar, talking and singing. (Kids) only hear about my concert performance.
“I thought it would be really great to see my dream in action and to see me perform with my band and be there to celebrate with me.”
Quick, a former Chicago Public Schools teacher, developed the Fingertips Program to meld music with motivational speaking.
The program has taken her across America and even landed her on a “One to Watch” segment on Katie Couric’s TV talk show.
On “Katie,” Quick performed for Grammy-winning music legend Clive Davis and Jordin Sparks, winner of the sixth season of TV competition show “American Idol.”
“It was so exciting,” Quick said of the national TV exposure. “It was this insane whirlwind. You never know when things are going to happen.”
Quick has been trying to make things happen in her music career since leaving her teaching job in 2007 and moving to Nashville, where she’s been for more than three years.
“It’s very competitive. You definitely feel that sense of other artists and people kind of sizing you up,” Quick said.
“We’re all in it for the same reason. The only way to survive that kind of atmosphere is not to pay attention to what other people are doing.
“If you start looking at what everyone is doing, you start to question yourself. You’re on your own path. It’s a difficult place to be, but you need to be here to learn that lesson.”
Quick, who used music as an incentive for her students when she was teaching in the inner city, said she misses the sense of community from her hometown, where her family still lives.
“I think a lot about just the feeling of community, going to benefits and things like that, or softball games with my dad,” she said.
“Everybody knew everybody. Everybody always had everyone’s back.”
When Quick performs at the Beverly Arts Center, she’ll be backed by national touring musicians including pianist Jefferson Crow, bassist Mike Vargo, drummer Keith Brogdon, guitarist Quinn Loggins and background vocalist Tori Tullier.
“These people in the neighborhood have been there since I started,” Quick said of why she wanted her CD release show in Chicago.
“I want to celebrate it with them. Chicago, especially the South Side, has been totally critical in my success since I started singing in McAuley and playing around town.”