When a self-written song became TikTok’s top viewed unreleased demo of 2020, 17-year-old singer and songwriter Katelyn Lapid, or Lyn Lapid, found herself in a once-in-a-lifetime position to pursue her passion for music. From uploading videos of her original songs online, to signing with Republic Records after her TikTok success, to working with producers like Dan Nigro (producer for Olivia Rodrigo and Conan Gray among others), Lapid has made great strides in the past few years. Yet through it all, she has remained true to herself. In an industry where seasoned professionals can take more of the lead in creative and music direction, she continues to create tracks that capture both who she is: a young woman navigating the insecurities, crushes, and self-growth of the journey to adulthood.
Lapid announced her “to love in the 21st Century” tour in April alongside an eponymous EP that dropped last Friday. But this marks her third time on tour, having opened for artists Ricky Montgomery and Eric Nam in their respective headlining tours. With her previous live performance experience and ever-evolving sound, audiences eagerly anticipated what Lapid would bring to her first headlining shows. Lapid’s Minnesota stop was in St. Paul, where she performed at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall on June 18th.