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 performed with Purgatory Players, featuring Pat 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
Oliver Steck, Jon Greene, Matt Giles and Curtis McMurtry (The Magnificent Four) accompany Kate on the night of her single release
TeXchromosome Women's Music Series
Wed, February 26 at 7:00
With Oliver Steck and Paper Moon Shiners
Byrne, Carolan, Giles & Howard
1320 South Lamar
Wed, April 1 at 8:00
Sat, May 16th, 2:00-9:00
Location & Lineup TBD
Opening for Jeff Plankenhorn
Sat, Sept 12th, 7:00
Austin Acoustical Café
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 Gerik Cionsky, Bob Crockett, Adam Day, Shawnee Kilgore, Caleb Roberts, and Winker Withaneye for the photos. Hats off to Dan Jason, M. Edmund Howse, Curt Ganem and Joanna Castillo for the video. Their time and talents are greatly appreciated.
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 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 single with Pat Byrne, "Notes from a Friend" is for sale on Bandcamp and iTunes and for streaming on Spotify and all the streaming services. Otherwise, the best place to find Kate's music is YouTube. Search on "Kate Howard Gospel Brunch". Thanks to Purgatory Players & Dan Jason, there are over 25 videos.
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