The New York City-based artist spent years living in the shadows of her dreams, working in a safe job as a social worker. Today, however, Kate steps forward with assured artistry, releasing a debut album that captures the warmth and orchestrations of her beloved era of 1970s Laurel Canyon singer-songwriters, while being enhanced by today’s crisp modern production standards.
The Music of Kate Mills is like taking a drive with Dan Fogelberg, Brandi Carlile, Linda Rondstadt, and Grace Potter through Southern California. Kate is a storyteller whose lyrics and emotional perspective are uniquely informed by schooling and a career in social work. “Many of the things I loved about social work are also why I love music,” she says. “In both, it’s about creating a space where it’s okay to feel whatever we’re feeling; space for us to acknowledge and embrace our whole selves, even the parts that are challenging. Both create a connection. With music, I feel like I can contribute more genuinely to that conversation.”
Kate has previously issued the debut EP, Little Bird(2013). She’s garnered critical accolades from outlets such as Acoustic Music Scene, Women’s International Music Network, and All About That Music. Kate has been a semi-finalist in the UK Songwriter Competition and a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition. In addition, she recently conducted a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund her upcoming full-length.
As a performing artist, Kate has gigged around the country at venerated venues, house concerts, colleges, and festivals. Select highlights include Hotel Cafe in LA, Cutting Room in NYC, Montauk Music Festival, ASCAP’s “I Create Music Conference,” Ladybug Festival, NJ Folk Festival, SouthEast Regional Folk Alliance, and Musikfest.
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