Not tied to a particular genre, Kate Howard prefers to try a variety of styles on for size. Kate is more pop than folk, but she can also be jazzy and is known to rock out on occasion. She creates memorable characters with warped minds and shattered hearts. Whether the song is funny, poignant, or a combo platter, Kate’s performance is always honest and captivating.
As a girl in Savannah, GA, Kate was in choir for 7 years. She longed to perform solo or in a duo or trio but was never selected. At age 48, she started singing backup vocals for Austin musicians. At age 50, Kate wrote her first song. At age 55, she's written over 100 tunes; plays gigs fairly often; and is preparing to release her debut album. She's opened for Hamell on Trial thrice as well as for Billy Harvey, Jaimee Harris, Seela, and Beat Root Revival.
Jon Dee Graham (thrice inducted into Austin Music Hall of Fame) calls Kate "the Dorothy Parker of Austin". Tony Scalzo (Wrenfro, Fastball) says of Ms. Howard, “Her lyrics take you to a place no other songwriter will.” Award-winning songwriter Billy Harvey says "I'll never share a stage with Kate Howard again. Too endearing. Too clever with language.”
An original song, co-written with Pat Byrne, performed with Purgatory Players, featuring Mr. Byrne
An original song performed with Purgatory Players, featuring Matt Giles
Original song performed with my band, The Glaucous Glee Club: Dave Scher, Steve Schwelling, Noelle Hampton and Matt Giles.. Recorded by Joanna Castillo at One-2-One Bar in Austin, Texas.
An original tune performed with Purgatory Players, featuring Matt Giles
An original song performed with Purgatory Players, featuring Rich Brotherton
July 23, 2019: 7:00 - 8:30
Comedians Interviewing Musicians
w/ Daniel Thomas Phipps on guitar
Austin Eastciders, 979 Springdale Road
July 25, 2019, 6:30 - midnight
Single Release Event
The Eclectic Company: Curtis McMurtry/Kate Howard/Pat Byrne/Graveltooth/Cowboy Diplomacy
One-2-One Bar, 1509 S Lamar Blvd.
August 8, 2019, 10:00
Final Show of 2019
With Guitarist Robby Harris
The Saxon Pub, 1320 S. Lamar
Since the late 1980s, Kate Howard has been managing symptoms of a neuromuscular condition called Dystonia. Classified as a movement disorder, Dystonia is the physical presentation of Parkinson's. Medication helped for a while, but it's losing its effectiveness. Kate has made the bold choice to have Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) surgery in Autumn 2019. DBS could significantly lessen the severity of her symptoms, providing dramatic improvements in her quality of life. Please catch one or more of Kate's last shows of 2019. Also, consider donating to help fund her brain surgery: https://www.gofundme.com/f/fund-kate-howards-brain-surgery?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
Many thanks to Gerik Cionsky, Bob Crockett, Adam Day, Shawnee Kilgore, Caleb Roberts, and Winker Withaneye for the photos. Hats off to Dan Jason, M. Edmund Howse and Joanna Castillo for the video. Their time and talents are greatly appreciated.
I was honored and delighted to be a guest on one of my favorite podcasts, "How Did I Get Here?" Listen here:
Kate is grateful to have worked with several gifted guitarists, including Jac Conley, Andy Casile, Shane Cooley, Anthony Garcia, Matt Giles, Robby Harris, Ben Jones, Craig Marshall, Scrappy Jud Newcomb, Ellen O'Meara, Brian Patterson, Jeff Plankenhorn, Dave Scher and Roger Sollenberger,
At present, the best place to find Kate's music is YouTube. Search on "Kate Howard Gospel Brunch"; filter by date. Thanks to Purgatory Players & Dan Jason, there are over 25 videos.
Do you have questions, want to book a show, or collaborate on a new piece? Reach out and let's make magic happen.