Katarina Pejak

Katarina Pejak is a blues singer, songwriter and piano player and a Ruf Records recording artist. She is best known for her eclectic musical approach - her style lives on the crossroads of American music genres such as blues, soul, folk and jazz.

Katarina started performing in her late teens, playing blues clubs in her hometown (Belgrade) and other cities in Serbia. She put out three albums in her home country, "Perfume & Luck", 2010, and "First Hand Stories", 2012 and “Old, New Borrowed and Blues”, 2016, a live mini album recorded in 2015.

Though she has been classically trained at piano, she found her passion for songwriting and improvised music in her high school years. Through her father's music collection, she discovered her main influences: Otis Spann, Ray Charles, Tom Waits, Nina Simone, Norah Jones and many others.

Katarina graduated in songwriting from Berklee College Of Music in Boston (class of 2014) where she studied with Dave Limina, Pat Pattison, David Maxwell, Lisa Thorson and many other great American musicians and educators. In 2014, the Berklee Songwriting department awarded her the Songwriting Achievement award. After her graduation, Katarina moved to Nashville, Tennesse where she lived for two years.  In the summer of 2018, Katarina signed with Ruf Records, a German-based blues label, known best for their cross-over approach, and joined the long list of internationally-acclaimed artists such as Victor Wainwright, Mike Zito, Ana Popovic, Samantha Fish, Bernard Allison and so many others. In 2019, Katarina was a part of the Blues Caravan 2019, a Ruf records travelling show and has played over sixty shows all across Europe.

Her fourth album, "Roads That Cross", came out in February 2019, and has been listed as one of the 2019 Favorite Blues Albums at allmusic.com. The album was produced by a fellow Ruf records artist, Mike Zito and it features: Laura Chavez (guitar), Lonnie Trevino (bass), Damien Llanes (drums) and Mike Zito (guest guitar and vocals, co-writer of "Nature Of My Blues"

In the summer of 2020, Katarina was nominated for the Independent Blues Awards, put on by Making A Scene in the total of 6 categories.

Due to the state of the music business during the Covid-19 pandemic, Katarina will direct her activity towards the virtual world this Fall, and she will release an independent EP featuring four original songs and videos. The EP is a collection of newly written songs, made in collaboration with local and international colleagues, and it is an introspective and atmospheric approach to Katarina’s songwriting.