by LINDA FRABL | photos by Soul of Photography

Singing Sensation

If Kat Hammock seems familiar, it’s because she was one of the final eight contestants on Season 17 of NBC’s The Voice, which just wrapped in December. Describing her life-altering stint on the program, Kat exclaimed, “Honestly, the whole show felt like a long, fun summer camp. Every second I got to be on set and work with professional musicians and mentors was an incredible blessing that I’m still trying to wrap my head around.”

Her life as an Encinitas teen had been fairly ordinary while she was finishing up her senior year at La Costa Canyon High School, until out of the blue a casting agent contacted her about auditioning for The Voice after seeing her sing and play piano on her YouTube channel. Kat admitted, “I never thought music was something I was good enough to pursue. I didn’t have the confidence in myself to believe that I could sing for such successful people in the music industry, and I definitely didn’t think I could get a chair turn!”

Name: Kathleen “Kat” Marie Hammock
Community: Encinitas
Family: Parents – Maureen and Steve; Siblings – Mick, Maggie, Rebecca, and Rex
Hobbies & Interests: Singing, piano, reading, hiking, songwriting, listening to podcasts
Favorite Local Spots: Better Buzz, Encinitas Library, Gordy’s, walking the trails behind the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, Handel’s, Elizabethan Desserts

Kat has since gained enough confidence to realize that she wants a singing career for her future. “Looking at who I am coming out of this experience compared to who I was going into it is really mind blowing,” she said. “I learned that I am capable of pursuing my passion, and that there are people out there who genuinely want to support and listen to my music.”
Crediting her family for keeping her grounded as she embarks on her musical goals, Kat proclaimed, “I have four older siblings who are my best friends, and who encourage and inspire me to pursue my passion. My parents are also so generous, compassionate, and supportive, and they’ve set a wonderful example of how to live a life for God and for others.”

Kat is involved in the community by teaching piano and vocal lessons, and singing for Sunday Masses, weddings, and funerals at her church. Even though Kat will be attending the University of Virginia this fall, she will still make time to write, record, and release an upcoming album. She revealed, “I want to take the connections I made with other artists and musicians and use them to grow and put my music out into the world.”