Also check out this awesome interview from Vanity Fair where Kat talks about the new music she worked on with Prince and working as the embassador for Empower54.
Considering her heart of gold, it’s no wonder that Prince—who himself was a celebrated philanthropist—took Graham under his wing prior to his untimely passing earlier this year. His Royal Badness made a habit out of elevating and championing women—including other current stars like Rita Ora and Janelle Monáe—throughout his life, and Graham was no exception. She released her first EP, Against the Wall, in 2012, but it wasn’t until a year later that Prince reached out to offer a helping hand. On her birthday in 2013, he asked that she meet with him—and so she did.
Skipping plans to celebrate her 24th with friends in Mexico, Graham instead hopped on a plane to Minneapolis; the rest is history. With the High Priest of Pop as her mentor, Graham has steadily grown as an artist, shaping a sound that is equal parts pop princess and disco diva. Together, she and the Purple One worked on an album that drops in February—but a love of music isn’t all she shared with the late icon. While talking to Graham, it’s evident the pair’s connection ran deep.
“He’d want me to have uncomfortable conversations,” Graham explains. “He’d want me to be talking about how important it is for magazines like Vanity Fairto be portraying positive images, and at a greater volume, of African-American women and men.”