Katie Herzig’s name might not sound familiar, but chances are her music rings a bell.
Earlier this year, Herzig received an Emmy nomination for her song “Morse Code,” written for Netflix’s The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, and Grey’s Anatomy has licensed more than 10 of her songs.
She returns with the effervescent “Weight Lifting,” the first single from her March 2 album, Moment of Bliss. Billboard premieres the airy track below.
“This song started with me falling in love with the arpeggiated piano part that my co-writer and co-producer Cason Cooley had laying around,” Herzig says. “I took that and ran with it. The song itself was written in a really important window of time in my life where I was starting to see the light in my relationship, having a moment of clarity after a long confusing season. It felt like a breakthrough and this song came to represent that moment for me. A weight had been lifted.”
Herzig produced the track along with Cooley. “Actually, ‘Weight Lifting’ has girl cooties all over it,” she jokes. “It was mixed by Veronica Ferraro, who is an incredible mixer based in France. She mixed half the record.”
In addition to producing herself, among the artists Herzig has produced are Ruby Amanfu, Butterfly Boucher and Ingrid Michaelson. She is co-producing Michaelson’s forthcoming Stranger Songs album, a work inspired by the hit Netflix show Stranger Things.
“We have been sending song ideas back and forth for a few months, and just this last week we finally got in the studio together and started to write and dig into it all,” Herzig says. “It’s a unique project and I’m very excited to be a part of it. I love that Ingrid has this genuine love for the show that has impacted her life, so it feels like a very authentic endeavor for her to live in that space and create from it.”
As the music industry faces scrutiny over its lack of mainstream female producers, Herzig feels the disparity has “more to do with a historical foundation that’s been built up over time that needs to catch up and reflect the reality [than a] lack of [female] talent out there… When I hear [Grammy president/CEO Neil Portnow] say that women need to step up, my response to that is give them the opportunity to and they absolutely will, as they have been all along. I gained my confidence from doing, so the more we can invite more women into the doing at every level — as interns in studios, at music schools, in the creative and the technical and on the business side — the more open the playing field is. Production is such a collaborative and wholistic effort and I think women are built for that shit!”