With the release of her buzzed-about debut album, Expectations, in 2020, Katie Pruitt came into her own as an artist and as a person.

Navigating complex issues such as sexuality and mental health, Pruitt calls on her supple, clear and eloquent vocals to unite clear-headed delivery with a powerful message. It's no wonder the project sounds so cohesive: The singer spent years working on Expectations, writing some of its tracks before she even had plans to make an album.

Off the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pruitt used 2020 to share some new music, some covers and even a deeply personal music video. Keep reading to get to know her, one of The Boot's 2021 Artists to Watch:

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