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Friends of the Ritz, Inc is hosting their first fundraiser of the 2021-2022 Season by bringing award-winning entertainer, Katie Deal to the Historic Ritz Theatre. Katie has performed to sold out houses across the US and Canada. A Gainesville, Georgia-born artist and a Piedmont alumna, Katie is best known for her authentic country sound. She is the 2016 recipient of the Georgia Country Artist of the Year Award and an honored member of the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame.As a recording artist and singer-songwriter, Katie has written and/or performed with top Nashville songwriters: Bruce Burch (Reba McEntire), Amanda Colleen Williams (Garth Brooks), Brandon Bush (Sugarland) and John Driskell Hopkins (Zac Brown Band). She has opened shows for country legends John Conlee, Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye, B.J. Thomas, and Country Family Reunion (Bill Anderson, Jeannie Seely, T.G. Sheppard). Katie has performed with country icon, Loretta Lynn and is also a frequent guest vocalist with the Atlanta Pops Orchestra. Katie and her band were selected to be the featured entertainment for GPB’s Gala Event honoring Brenda Lee in 2019.

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