Born on August 11, 1979 in Montreal, Quebec, Katia Di Perna knew at a very early age that her place in the world was the stage, whether it be singing, acting, or dancing. As a young child, she was singing in her church choir and performing in her church and school plays and variety shows. She then began taking dance classes and would find herself spending the next fifteen years in her local dance studio where she studied ballet-jazz, tap, funk, and hip-hop. Initially, she never quite concentrated on singing and focused mainly on dancing and acting, performing in any play she could get her hands on and taking any workshop she could find. Finally while studying theatre and film in college, she became heavily involved in her college’s theatrical and musical productions. When her theatre teacher urged her to train her voice further, she did as he suggested and before she knew it, her passion for singing became just as strong as her passion for acting. For the first time, she considered herself a singer.
At age nineteen, she joined an all- girl vocal group called Infini-T and signed with independent label Level Music / Station 12 for two albums, later to be signed to EMI International. The first album entitled ‘2000…A L’Infini’, sharing both English and French songs, enjoyed success selling up to 30,000 units in Quebec alone, and off this album were three top ten hits, two of which were #1 singles. Three music videos were released from this album and spun regularly on Musique Plus and Much Music. The band performed on several French TV shows such as La Fureur and Le Point J and performed live all over Quebec and Ontario in front of thousands of their fans, including festival shows with crowds ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 people. Infini-T shared the stage with Quebec artists such as Yelo Melo, Dan Bigras, Laurence Jalbert, Luce Dufault, Jacynthe, and La Chicane. The second album entitled ‘Lethal’, released one year later, was launched live on Musique Plus with a half hour live set and interview before taking it to Toronto where they had their official launch in the English market. Two music videos were released off of this album, which also had regular airplay on Much Music and Musique Plus and made it to the top forty charts. They performed live on shows such as ‘Open Mike With Mike Bullard’, ‘Canada Am’, and Much Music’s ‘Electric Circus’ and had several radio and TV interviews with stations such as KISS, Z103, CTV ‘E-Now’, Much Music’s ‘French Kiss’, CFTO En’tain News, CFMT ‘NiteLife’, etc. Infini-T’s guest appearance (along with Mad TV’s Will Sasso and Sylvester Stallone’s mother Jackie Stallone) on Canada’s Open Mike With Mike Bullard show was Mike Bullard’s highest rated show of that year, exposing the band to an estimated 1.2 million viewers
After the group had disbanded in 2002, Katia joined a cover band called Alter Ego where she toured Quebec and Ontario once again. At this time, she also returned to the acting scene taking on roles in films, student films, and stage plays. She also continued recording songs in studios with different producers and started writing songs of her own.
In October of 2003, Katia spent three months in China singing in a prestigious venue. Upon her return to Montreal, she put together her own cover band called 'Superstition' and performed all over Montreal, including the Montreal Casino, where she was frequently invited back to entertain.
Katia then traveled again overseas to Casablanca, Morroco, where where she spent two months singing at the legendary Armstrong club. Once back in Montreal, Katia joined several musical productions, including 'Showboat', 'Danse-Sing', and 'Il Etait Un Fois...Un Cabaret'. She later reprised her roles in the latter two productions in Paris, France on a two month contract at the Theatre Trianon.
In Fall of 2005, Katia auditioned for a new and upcoming musical production called 'Night Fever', created by renowned artist and director Rene Simard. She was selected as one of four lead singers and has spent this last year performing with this production.
Most recently Katia has completed pre-production on new original music that she has penned herself, and is momentarily about to enter the studio.
As in past years, 2007 promises to bring this beautiful young talent to many exciting and unique surroundings in the musical, acting, and dance domain. It has been said that a great gift is difficult to contain; in Katia Di Perna’s case, this adage is certainly accurate from pop-music and dance stages to world-renowned musical productions and on to television and film, Katia’s star is burning bright and is undeniably ready to ignite!