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BIOGRAPHY

I am so humbled and grateful that I get to write songs and share stories with people.  

Katie Heckel is a singer/songwriter with a passion for combining stories of life and truth with rich, deep melodies and rhythms. She is the co-founder and directer of RafikiFriends, an organization who advocates for orphan care and raises support for the children at the Methodist Rafiki Village in Ghana, Africa. Katie has recorded two full-length albums: The Isaiah Project and Colors of Hope at NightLight studios in Oxford, MS under the production of Matthew Clark. Her latest project, an EP (Spring 2014) involves Jenny&Tyler, singer/songwriters based out of Nashville, TN. All proceeds from CD projects are given to Rafiki. Katie lives in Starkville, MS where she works as the Associate Campus Minister at Wesley Foundation.

Katie discovered her love for music while she attended Christ Methodist Day School in Memphis, TN, under the influence of her music teacher, Linda Plunk. After 12 years in Memphis, life moved her family to Oxford, Mississippi, and thanks to one of her heroes, Corey McKnatt, she learned how to play the guitar and put her stories into songs. She left Oxford for college at Mississippi State University and began leading worship at the Wesley Foundation thanks to the opportunity from another one of her heroes, Hugh Griffith (MSU Wesley Foundation Campus Minister). In 2008, Katie went to Ghana, Africa, and what once seemed like a dry well in songs of stories, life, struggles, and faith. Once back, Matthew Clark, a dear friend and singer/songwriter, stepped into her life and taught Katie not just about good songwriting, but about life and faith. He produced her first and second album, which tell stories of Ghana, faith, and life.

Katie lived in the delta for two years and then moved to Ghana for 13 months. Katie currently works full time as the associate campus minister at Wesley Foundation at Mississippi State University. She is also director of RafikiFriends, an organization committed to raising awareness and support for the Rafiki Village in Ghana, Africa. She also likes to play house concerts so invite her to your living room sometime for stories and songs.