Singer-songwriter Katie Pruitt grew up attending Catholic school and exploring musical theater—Wicked was a favorite. And though those two facts may seem incongruous to some who turn on her 2019 debut, Expectations, it makes some sense that the songwriter who wrote a remarkable song like “Normal” was the same person who listened over and over to “Defying Gravity” once upon a time. Indeed, if someone is going to lean into the feeling of being an outsider in their songwriting, there is no deeper cave to mine than Broadway and country music. So I was interested to talk to Pruitt about the intersection of all these things, and how she has found a way to navigate it all through her remarkably honest, daring songwriting while still in her 20s.
Dig into this latest episode of Why We Write with Kim Ruehl, featuring Katie Pruitt.