In a genre where outside musical influence has easily overtaken priority to roots, Hasting & Co. founding members Kate Hasting and Josh Beale feel a welcomed responsibility to use other genres as a compliment to their Midwest country sound. “Country music is all about honesty, no matter how brutal,” explains Hasting. “We were both raised in communities driven by the genre, and know fans can call a farce from a mile away.” “The beauty of our band is in our willingness to be vulnerable for the sake of giving fans an honest taste of our upbringing,” adds Beale. “Authenticity has always been the core of country – and will always be the core of the Hasting & Co.”
Born and raised on her family farm in Ohio, Hasting walked away from medical school, realizing country music was where she wanted to be. “Country wasn’t just an option – it was the only option,” said Hasting. “That was how we were raised and what we listened to. Country is the great love of my life – we’ve had our breakups, but it’s something I’ve always known I would love forever.” In 2010 she released her debut album Kate Hasting, produced by Steve Walsh, followed by Playing with Fire in 2011 (also produced by Walsh), and shortly after made the move to Music City.
Moving to Nashville in 2009, Beale’s only intention was writing. “I swore I would only be a writer – I never planned to be in a country band,” says Beale. “I’d been playing writers rounds around town, co-writing and trying to pursue a publishing deal.” After meeting at the Music Row bar “Pick’s” (“We went on a few unsuccessful dates,” Hasting jokes), the two began [writing together] experimenting in music. “Even when I began working musically with Kate, the concept of becoming an artist was one I was initially resistant to.” Hasting’s resolution and drive, though, quickly opened Beale’s mind to the possibility of starting a band. “I saw something in her vision that I didn’t see anywhere else, and I didn’t even have on my own. I immediately knew we worked better as a team than separate entities.”
The pair set about finding their sound – a creative process that’s taken years to discover. “I think there’s been more conceptualization at times than pen to paper,” says Hasting. “I think we both knew what we wanted to sound like before we knew how to make that sound.” Adds Beale, “The entire journey has been a process of honing our sound to make the music match the vision.”
In 2013, they released their debut EP “Country Music” under the band name Kate Hasting Band, co-produced by award-winning engineer and producer Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, Chase Rice) and legendary guitarist Rob McNelley (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen). In 2015, the band released singles Just Friends, Country Music (reprise) and Behind the Bleachers, all produced by Tyler Smyth (Dangerkids). The video for Behind the Bleachers earned director Nishan Gilmet, an Emmy nomination, and was quickly picked up by Great American Country (GAC), The Country Network (formerly ZUUS Country), and several other regional music outlets nationwide. In October 2017, Hasting and Beale released EP Can’t Get Enough, highlighting the release with a performance at Nashville’s City Winery alongside fellow artist Collin Raye to benefit partner organization Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance.
As they continue to evolve, both apart and as a whole, the focus of Hasting & Co. remains finding a sound true to their roots – regardless of where the journey takes them. “What makes music ‘country’ is the honesty behind it, regardless of the production. I still believe Luke Bryan has done and seen everything he’s described in his songs, and we aim to do the same,” says Hasting. “There are times we’ve compromised ourselves and our music,” adds Beale. “But for us, this isn’t a ‘make it at any cost’ mindset… This is a ‘make it with integrity’ plan.” “We decided awhile ago that we’d go home before we did something that wasn’t true to our Midwest country sound,” continues Hasting. “Moving forward, it’s important to us that we honor our sound and deliver to fans a story we can back up.” That is country music.
Nashville-based, Country Music up and comers, The Kate Hasting Band are frequently approached by philanthropic organizations to offer support or partnerships. They take each request seriously and try to support their communities in every way they can.
When Jeff Dill approached the band about the FBHA, they just knew they had to meet with him. Eventually Jeff was able to sit down with Kate and Josh in Nashville and speak to them about the many struggles fire fighters and other first responders face as they try to cope with the daily trauma.
He explained the high rate of PTSD, depression, and suicide risks that often go unspoken until it’s too late. His initiative to educate the public and his fellow first responders touched a chord with the musicians.
It was a pivotal meeting and Kate and Josh agreed to pray over Jeff’s request to join the FBHA as partners. Once the band members had a chance to discuss the prospect, they discovered that they both felt a deep connection with Jeff’s message. Although the underlying reasons may be different, they recognized the same mental health issues also plague the artist community and knew they were meant to partner with FBHA. “We so respect everything that Jeff and his team do through FBHA” says Kate, “We couldn’t be more at peace with this partnership.”
“Each day these brave men and women fight unbelievable battles to keep us safe. We are proud to be a part of this”, explained Josh.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 12, 2017) – The Kate Hasting Band will take the stage alongside country star Collin Raye and artist Paul Cummings on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 beginning at 7 p.m. CST at Nashville’s City Winery. The show is set to benefit the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, which develops and implements behavioral health awareness, prevention, intervention and post-crisis strategies to provide firefighters with an easily accessible and confidential source of information.
“We’re thrilled to take part in this event,” said Kate Hasting, lead singer of The Kate Hasting Band. “We’re both huge fans of Collin Raye and his music” – to get to perform with him and benefit such an incredible organization? It doesn’t get better then that.”
The performance comes ahead of The Kate Hasting Band’s release of new EP, “Can’t Get Enough”, which will be available digitally October 20. Hard copies of the album will be available exclusively to concert goers Wednesday night ahead of the official release, and title track “Can’t Get Enough” will be available to stream exclusively via country outlet The Boot.
Check out the band’s new EP below!
About The Kate Hasting Band:
In a genre where outside musical influence has easily overtaken priority to roots, Kate Hasting Band founding members Kate Hasting and Josh Beale feel a welcomed responsibility to use other genres as a compliment to their Midwest country sound. “Country music is all about honesty, no matter how brutal,” explains Hasting. “We were both raised on farms in in communities driven by the genre, and know fans can call a farce from a mile away.” In 2013, they released their debut EP “Country Music”, co-produced by award-winning engineer and producer Chad Carlson (Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, Chase Rice) and legendary guitarist Rob McNelley (Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Jake Owen). In 2015, the band released singles Just Friends, Country Music (reprise) and Behind the Bleachers, all produced by Tyler Smyth (Dangerkids). The video for Behind the Bleachers earned director Nishan Gilmet, an Emmy nomination, and was quickly picked up by Great American Country (GAC), The Country Network (formerly ZUUS Country), and several other regional music outlets nationwide. To learn more about The Kate Hasting Band, visit katehasting.com.