“For as long as I can remember, music has been an extension of my soul - a way to express my heart, to heal, to encourage others, to ‘speak’ truth in a song that can break through the walls around someone’s heart and let them know they are loved and that they matter.”
From her early roots playing bluegrass in her family band, to her infusion into folk/pop, celtic and country, Kate’s heart for organic grown and ambient infused arrangements continue to move her music and the message behind it forward.
Eight records in, Rise Up, Kate’s latest project and second release on the Responding Records label, is a full worship album combining the best of Kate’s folk influences with an indie / pop feel that is sure to bring a fresh sound to mainstream worship music.
Kate says, “The songs on this record truly reflect a sense of gratitude and celebration rising up out of the ashes. The struggle is real, but there is a joy that rises up from the rubble and makes something utterly beautiful and profound out of our lives when as we are faithful. May these songs bring a new intimacy and power to your walk with Jesus! And may they remind you of the freedom we have and the rest He has promised.”
Six Feet Down, released on The Responding Records label, has an Allison Krauss / Robert Plant ‘Rising Sands’ vibe with some Civil Wars mixed in. Rooted in her own story, this album authentically covers deeper struggles of life, yet lifts to a hopeful conclusion.
Kate shares, “The message of this project weaves through the deeper brokenness of our lives and gives a voice to subjects that music often dances around but never fully addresses. The beauty of it is it's specific and illusive at the same time. It calls you out if you've lied and cheated your way through life, yet it gives you a voice if you've never been heard. It’s my prayer that this CD will give hope to those who are on both sides of an offense and strengthen all of us to move toward truth and wholeness.”
Kate is also a sought after speaker, something she would say pursued her…”I didn’t start off thinking I would be an artist and a speaker, but it grew naturally out of our events. I often share stories in our concerts, stories behind the songs, the brokenness I’ve walked through or the deeper truths God is revealing to me as I grow and heal in my own life. I long to see people living balanced lives and pressing into God’s rest and mystery. Many of us are running hard, too busy to slow down. Sometimes that’s just life getting away from us, but often it can be a way to avoid what we’ve pushed down for too long - wounds, longings, disappointment, fear. God knows it all and longs to draw us close…” Kate speaks from an honest place about life, love, humility and surrender.
Kate lives in Vancouver, WA with her husband, Jeff and has three grown children. Kate tours regionally with her band and nationally as a solo artist and speaker. She is the founder of Music That Matters, an organization dedicated to bringing hope to the broken and raising up artists to discover their unique call and story, and use their artistry to communicate their story to a lost and hurting world.