Kaitlin Riegel was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in the United States until the age of 12. Then her perfectly sane family ventured across the world and uprooted Kaitlin to Auckland, New Zealand. Now after living nearly half of her life in each country, she’s proud to be an American and a Kiwi. Learning to play piano and sing throughout her childhood became much more than a hobby. Kaitlin launched into songwriting when she performed at a local Arts Centre Coffee House open mic night, amongst the folk and country singers at a ripe young age. Now, her passion for music has never been stronger. Most of the music she creates revolves around intricate vocal parts but almost everything she writes is composed on her beloved Roland keyboard. Her goal, as for many musicians, is to get the music to reflect the lyric, which then bonds together to create an image in the listeners mind. She loves to experiment with sound to create an atmosphere and tell a story. The final result can be heard with her songs that were produced by Simon “Berkfinger” Berckelman (The Temper Trap, Silverchair, Wolfmother) which has drawn early musical comparisons to Lorde and Kimbra with a touch of Adele. Her single “Silhouettes” (the KIDFORCE radio mix) is already starting to draw early buzz at tastemaker radio worldwide and she recently released her debut EP, A Thought That Counts. Kaitlin Riegel is destined to be another great New Zealand-based global export and follow the success of Lorde, Naked & Famous, Gin Wigmore, Kimbra and many others.