We asked singer-songwriter Kaia Kater a few questions to get to know her better before she brings her nuanced music and thought-provoking lyrics to a free show at the Atrium on July 27.

First instrument you played?
Piano! And the cello.

Top three influences, musical or otherwise?
Lauryn Hill, Gillian Welch, and Erykah Badu.

Artist or album you have on repeat?
Blonde by Frank Ocean.

Last live performance you saw?
Sarah Jarosz.

Favorite city to play?
Wakefield, Québec—at a little place called The Blacksheep Inn.

Hidden talent?
I can knit, and I powerlift.

Favorite book?
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

Artist you'd most like to meet, past or present?
Nina Simone.

Artist you'd most like to collaborate with?

Latest project?
Nine Pin, my sophomore record.

What you wish someone had told you when you were starting out?
"Work hard and you'll get there. The road is not glamorous, but being onstage is the most fun you'll ever have and the bravest you'll ever be. It's something that's purely yours."

Top three pieces of advice for aspiring artists?
Always carry your own stuff. Don't take yourself too seriously. Make the most honest music that you can.

You hope someone comes away from one of your shows feeling…
Like they've been lifted.