Katie Sutherland played her gig at the Oran Mor Glasgow in April 2012. She was with a band called Pearl and the Puppets who played several big support slots and had songs picked up with commercials and films. In 2009 she drew attention for her music and was signed by Universal. She played several top support slots, including BBC One Scotland Hogmanay Live, Elton John and festival main stages such as at Rockness. Her songs have positive themes such as "Because I Do" and "Make Me Smile." Pearl and the Puppets were a band led by singer songwriter Katie Sutherland (vocals/guitar), Blair McMillan (drums), Gordon Turner (guitar), Scott Clark (bass) and Michael Abubakar (keyboard). In 2008, the band's song "Because I Do" was featured on a Vodaphone advertisement. Their song "Make Me Smile" was featured in a Victoria Secret advertisement in the USA and an Orange advertisement in Romania.