She could be called true ‘Country Music Royalty’....
Born to a country music legend and growing up in Nashville during the heyday of the Grand Ole’ Opry, she truly is a living testimony to a family immersed in the tradition of creating and performing great American music.
Her father is the late Ira Louvin, tenor half of Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Louvin Brothers. Her mom’s side of the family was not lacking in musical destiny either. Her uncle, Johnny Johnson, (mom’s brother) played rhythm guitar and sang backup for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs during the high point of their successful career. Another uncle and aunt, Kitty and Smiley Wilson, (mom’s sister and her husband) had a very successful indie career performing for the Armed Services Network, and as backup artists such as for Ferlin Husky, The Louvin Brothers, Martha Carson, and as the main attraction on Eddie Hill’s Country Junction, a live news/entertainment morning show on the WSM affiliate network in Nashville for several years. Smiley later opened one of the first booking agencies in Nashville, (Wil-Helm Agency) and handled artists such as Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, The Wilburn Brothers, Little Jimmy Dickens, and many of the veteran artists that have gone on to become legends themselves. Their daughter, Little Rita Fay, was a child star with MGM Records, and later signed with Capitol Records, Nashville.
Kathy’s rich musical heritage ranges all the way back to the Woottens of Sand Mountain, Alabama (The Louvin Brothers’ mother’s side of the family) and the origin of Shape Note or Sacred Harp Singing style. It was a group of these same Woottens who performed in the major motion picture, Cold Mountain.
Kathy began following in her dad’s footsteps all the way back to grammar school when she was writing plays, prose, and poetry. Then, in the early eighties, she signed her first exclusive publishing contract and began getting cuts by major recording artists such as Randy Travis, Ricky Van Shelton, Confederate Railroad, Martina McBride, Dwight Yokam, Patty Loveless, and Rhonda Vincent. She is a member of BMI’s prestigious ‘Millionaire’s Club’. In 2004 she garnered two Grammy Awards for her work as co-Executive Producer and performer on a shining tribute to her father and uncle entitled, ‘Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’, Songs of the Louvin Brothers’ on Universal South Records.
In April of 2013 Kathy moved from the songwriter chair and released her first album as a solo artist. She wrote or co-wrote every song and ITunes featured it two weeks in a row in their Country/Gospel chart for 'new and noteworthy'.
She and husband, producer Chuck Pearson, own and operate Blue Collar Ministries, a ministry of music inside the correctional facilities, and Brother Chuck Productions a full-scale music production company.