Music has always come naturally to Kate Brady. "When I was little, teachers always had to tell me to stop singing in class," she says. "I mean, I never even noticed I was doing it." When she was a senior at Steamboat Springs High School, a classmate asked her to write something for her graduating class.
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"It started off really morbid," Brady says of the song. But she eventually gave the lyrics an upbeat twist, and the resulting track, called "Sinking Ships," reached an audience much bigger than her school. In fact, it was featured on the front page of Reddit and then the Huffington Post. Soon after, talent agencies started calling. But Brady, now entering her sophomore year at the University of Colorado, is skeptical of the music establishment.More »