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 59, she's written over 350 tunes; plays gigs often; and is recording an EP with John Chipman. She's
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 59, she's written over 350 tunes; plays gigs often; and is recording an EP with John Chipman. She's opened for Hamell on Trial, Billy Harvey, Jaimee Harris, and Beat Root Revival.
Jon Dee Graham (thrice inducted into Austin Music Hall of Fame) calls Kate "the Dorothy Parker of Austin". Tony Scalzo (Fastball) says of Ms. Howard, “Her lyrics take you to a place no other songwriter will.” International touring musician Ed Hamell (Hamell on Trial) says Kate is "a cross between Tom Waits and Minnie Pearl".
An original song performed with Purgatory Players, featuring Pat Byrne
An original song from my debut album, "The Best Medicine". Video by Seela.
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 from my debut album "The Best Medicine". Video by Seela.
Oliver Steck, Jon Greene, Matt Giles and Curtis McMurtry (The Magnificent Four) accompany Kate on the night of her single release
Kate released her debut CD, The Best Medicine, on May 14, 2021. She celebrated the release with a show at the Saxon Pub. It include performances of songs from the CD.
Stay tuned for details about Kate's upcoming Austin-area live shows.
Since the late 1980s, Kate Howard has been managing symptoms of a neuromuscular condition called Dystonia. Thanks to the support of family, friends in the music community, and friends the world over, Kate was able to have life-changing Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Therapy in December of 2019. Electrodes placed in her brain were connected to a device implanted in her abdomen. Shortly after the surgeries, the device was turned on and charged with electricity. The results have been life-changing, in the best possible way. Kate is grateful to her surgeon, Anant Patel; neurologist, Elizabeth Peckham; and her family and friends for their support.
Many thanks to Jeska Forsyth, Bethony Nichole, Elena Antinelli, Gerik Cionsky, Bob Crockett, Adam Day, Shawnee Kilgore, Caleb Roberts, and Winker Withaneye for the photos. Hats off to Seela, Dan Jason, M. Edmund Howse, Curt Ganem and Joanna Castillo for the video. Their time and talents are greatly appreciated.
Kate detailed her journey with Dystonia on Adam Sultan's podcast, "Friends with Deficits". Entitled "Life with a Twist", it's a fascinating story that ends well. https://www.friendswithdeficitspodcast.com/the-podcast
Ms. Howard was honored and delighted to be a guest on one of her favorite podcasts, "How Did I Get Here?" Listen here:
Kate is grateful to have worked with several gifted guitarists, including William Wallace, 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,
Kate's debut CD, The Best Medicine, is available for purchase at live shows and at https://katehowardmusic.bandcamp.com/. It's also available on all the streaming services.