Kate’s musical success in her hometown led her to Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was here that Kate worked on her skills as a writer and performer, and became involved with the music community that had produced icons like Bob Dylan years before, and Tracy Chapman and Patty Griffin in the recent past. Within a few years of her debut as a singer/songwriter, she was opening for artists like Shawn Colvin, Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Ollabelle.
In addition, Kate has been recognized by some of the country’s premier songwriting contests. She won the 2010 Kerrville New Folk competition, and was a finalist in the 2005 and 2006 Mountain Stage Newsong Contests, 2006 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, 2007 Kerrville Newfolk Competition, and 2007 Solarfest Competition.
Many of the songs that received recognition ended up comprising her first release, and first fully-produced venture, “Up and Down and Up Again.” The project was created with the help of reknowned producer Crit Harmon (Martin Sexton, Susan Werner, Lori McKenna), and features some of the country’s most talented musicians. Collectively, they’ve worked with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jonatha Brooke, Suzanne Vega, Paula Cole and the Boston Symphony. The album was dubbed a “gem” by Performing Songwriter Magazine, and its release prompted Kate to assume the role of full-time musician, leading her to her current home of Nashville, TN.