Katie Ziegler closes ‘Music in the Park’
Country singer/songwriter Katie Ziegler will perform at Northern Pacific Park in Staples on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m. This will end the six-week Concert in the Park series. A Staples native, Ziegler grew up listening to old-time country music. She was 14 years old when she first started to sing and learn to play guitar. Writing her own music came shortly after. Since graduating from Staples Motley High School in 2008, Ziegler’s been making a name for herself musically throughout the state. She has been a regional winner at the Colgate Country Showdown; and took first place at a talent contest in Motley, winning a recording session at Bobby Vee’s Rockhouse Studios in St. Joseph. Her debut CD, “The Distance,” featured several of Katie’s original songs. In 2014, Ziegler’s talent caught the eye of national recording artists Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr., judges on the Fox TV show American Idol. She auditioned for the show in Minneapolis and was one of 25 from that site (out of 3,000) to receive a golden ticket to Hollywood. There were four other audition sites throughout the U.S. with thousands more hoping to sing on the Orpheum stage. Only 200 would make it to Hollywood Week. Ziegler’s American Idol journey ended during Hollywood Week, but the experience has inspired her to continue pursuing her musical aspirations. Since that time, she has been hired on as the lead vocalist of country/rock band ‘Nasty Habit’ out of Alexandria. She continues to perform as a solo artist as well and is looking forward to sharing her music at the upcoming concert in Staples. The Music in the Park Concerts are held in the Northern Pacific (NP) Park on Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. and will run through August 14. For more information on the Music in the Park series, as well as the regular season series, check out www.staplesmotleyarts.org. Northern Pacific (NP) Park is located at 625 6th St. NE. Go north on 6th St. at the junction of Hwys. 10 and 210 and go six blocks. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Faith Lutheran Church. The Music in the Park Series is funded by the Staples Host Lions Club. The Series is organized by the Staples Motley Area Arts Council, with the assistance of the Staples Motley Public Schools and the City of Staples.