For every music artist looking to turn their innate love of music into a career, it is a climb.  Some have reached the summit, others are still starting at base camp. Their passion, talent, drive and a little luck will determine how far up the hill they get.

Katy said "I was a late bloomer and didn't get started until I was nearly 18, I worked with my brother gigging around the UK - anywhere and everywhere!"

Today, Katy is at a very unique point in her climb, she has move up from base camp, hasn’t reached the summit but definitely has it in sight. Katy’s latest song “The Big Bang” has been embraced by radio programmers throughout the US. And she is featured in Clear Channel’s “On The Verge” program, a coveted spot for new and emerging artists.

“The Big Bang” was released in and in a short time is now being played on radio stations across the US, and she recently performed the song on The Today Show.

Katy and I have been bumping into each other at events in NYC, the Rock Mafia Studios in LA and even at the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola in London. I was re-introduced to her in January by Bruce Tyler, the music executive largely instrumental for her resurgence. We asked her to share the music that makes her happy and to share her story. And in typical Katy Tiz fashion, there was no shortage of enthusiasm, personality and genuine appreciation for the fans and music industry players who have embraced her.

Q:Tell us about your climb, how has the experience been? 

KATY:  It's been incredible! I am the face of an amazing team and I couldn't ask for a more supportive family who I have shared every move with. I have a long way to go, but I'm loving every baby step!

Q: For someone not familiar with Katy Tiz, please can you describe your sound?

KATY: If P!nk and Katy Perry had a baby and that baby listened to reggae and hip hop, that would be me

Q: What's the happiest song you've ever written?

KATY: I wrote a song about my friends I've had since I was a baby, it's makes me cry when I hear it because I miss them But in a good way.

Q: What moment in your music career to date are you most proud of?

KATY: Sharing the special moment when I heard myself on Z100 with my friend Sharon and my parents on FaceTime. I cried again. I seem to cry a lot right? Haha.

Q: Tell us about the tracks on your playlist and why you chose them?

KATY: The tracks I've chosen are a mix of old and new and every one has a memory attached for me, music always takes me back to a moment I will always remember whether it's dancing with my father to getting myself pumped, ready for stage or driving along is my car singing unashamed out the window at traffic lights.

Q: What can you share with young aspiring music artists, designers, visual artists who are pursuing their dream? 

KATY: Believe in yourself, it's not an easy road but never loose focus of what you stand for and enjoy it! I am certainly very lucky to do what I do and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't appreciate everything around me.

Joe Belliotti is director of global music marketing at The Coca-Cola Company.