It’s mid-summer in central Washington. The droning of a lawnmower and clips of neighbors’ conversations come up through the sole window in the attic. Breaks between takes are forced, to minimize the outside noise. The window can’t be closed for long or the heat will become unbearable. The hardwood floors creak. Michael Carlos (producer) pauses for a minute. “Ok, ready?” The recording button turns red.
Together, the two are quietly piecing together Kate’s debut EP, Love You Still. It’s 2010, and the anxious kid has preferred the quiet of her bedroom, a cheap, easily-out-of-tune acoustic for company, and an 8-track recorder for an audience. But, after an unexpectedly emotionally-jarring live show from the winter past, staying quiet and hidden are no longer an option.
The roots of the dream have grown deep over the last decade – a chance show and opportunity, the much needed fuel for the dream to push through the rocky top-soil, pulls at the budding possibilities. It’s been 10 years since those first few strums, the planting of seeds. Love You Still – EP drops January 5, 2011, and Kate transplants herself in Seattle, WA.
Fast-forward three short years, and Kate has released 3 projects, 19 original songs, and is about to release a fourth – a full-length album of originals, making that 28 original songs.
Kate has music-licensing contracts with Lyric House Publishing (Colorado) and ABC Family. She’s played 200+ shows across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Colorado and New Mexico. She’s played notable and iconic venues in Seattle, such as The Tractor Tavern, Neumos, and The Triple Door, and shared those stages with artists such as Brandi Carlile, Elizabeth Cook, Peter Bradley Adams and Claire Lynch.
The smooth, ethereal tone of her voice draws comparisons to Allison Kruass and The Wailin’ Jennys’ Ruth Moody – gentle, but evocative. Paired with that steady-like-a-train guitar-playing, her sound further blurs the lines between Pop, Americana, and Alt-Country.
May 2014 brings the release of Animal Dreams – Kate’s fourth project (third with producer and engineer, Dylan Fant, of 1 Shot Studio in Woodinville, WA), and, undoubtedly, her biggest accomplishments to-date.