Thanks to a significant cash boost from RaboPlus - the online savings and investment arm of Rabobank - Katie is now the second Kiwi music artist to achieve a fully-funded album via Sellaband - the international, online music community that allows people to invest in funding albums for up-and-coming musicians.
The investment goal for Sellaband artists is US$50,000 (NZ$76,000) and this target was achieved last night. Music fans from around the world invested in Katie's online album fund, with New Zealanders investing NZ$38,000.
It's a dream come true for the Greymouth songstress who says RaboPlus was instrumental to her success.
"It's amazing, actually - it's still sinking in that it's me! I'm making crazy plans for my music now, like deciding whether to record in Auckland or LA. It means I'll get to work with musicians I wouldn't otherwise get the chance to.
"The opportunity through RaboPlus really made things happen," she says.
Katie's rise on Sellaband started this year during NZ Music Month when she won RaboIdol, a competition run by RaboPlus. The bank invested NZ$10,000 prize money into her online album fund, which then skyrocketed to US$50,000 in less than three months.
"It showed me how one event can spark off something much bigger, like a ripple effect. It was 'opportunity meets preparation' where I was in the right place at the right time, and then worked really hard to make it happen," says the determined 22-year-old.
Mike Heath, General Manager for RaboPlus, says it was a great way for RaboPlus to get involved with New Zealand music and to help a local artist reach their goals.
"As an online bank it gave our customers, and anyone who loves New Zealand music, the chance to get online and show their support.
"Raising $50,000 [US] is a huge achievement, particularly in these recessionary times - it's an inspiration to anyone. We congratulate Katie and look forward to her album."
Katie describes her music as 'Kiwi' roots, pop and country, inspired by local music heroines Anika Moa, Mel Parsons and Anna Coddington.
With her focus now firmly on planning, contracts and studio deliberations, Katie is on track to release her album in time for NZ Music Month 2010.