After working in post-production in Hollywood for a year, Kate York moved to Nashville in 1999 to pursue a career as a recording engineer. She landed a job working on Music Row, but soon decided she liked writing songs better than recording them. Then a year of writing and co-writing for other local artists convinced Kate York that she should try her hand as a singer-songwriter rather than exclusively penning songs for others.
After seeing Kate York perform at 12th & Porter in Nashville, Neilson Hubbard approached her and offered to produce some songs. Together they recorded six songs in the fall of 2003 and six more in the summer of 2004.
Kate York played at the South by Southwest (SXSW) music festival in 2003 in Hubbard's band and returned in 2004 for the BMI acoustic roundup. She has opened for Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Mindy Smith, Trent Dabbs, Jonatha Brooke, Matthew Ryan and Garrison Starr.
She released a self-titled EP on Paste Records in 2004 and
After countless solo concerts, vocal sessions and songwriter pairings Kate York came to be counted as one of the artistic bright spots in the growing "other-than-country" music community in her former home-town of Nashville. Lauded by friends and fans as one of the best songwriters and possessing the type of sweetly haunting vocal style that added new color to the Nashville sound, Kate York released her acclaimed solo debut to roundly enthusiastic endorsement by media and fellow artists like Sixpence None The Richer's Leigh Nash and Canadian alt-country breakout Kathleen Edwards.
Kate York soon found herself sharing stages with artists of various backgrounds and niches, finding favor, if not exact stylistic comparability, with all. Kate York released her first full length, SadlyLove in 2005. "With introspective, angel-voiced songwriter Kate York's lush, heartbroken ballads, 'Sadlylove' is spellbinding. An early contender for record of the year." So says Steve LaBate, Associate Editor at Paste Magazine.
Kate York's 2008 release, For You, capitalizes on all of the creative and critical momentum as it turns in thirteen songs that take her sound to a completely new level. The compelling batch of songs on For You, goes a long way towards further defining the emerging New Nashville Sound; a seamless blend of American heart with artful electronica and nuanced shading currently being explored by artists like Paper Route, Mat Kearney and Matthew Perryman Jones.
Just as Kate York settled in at the top of her Nashville game, she pulled up stakes and headed east to New England for a fresh perspective and new horizons. Though increasingly ensconced in the creative community of her new home, Kate York returns to Nashville regularly to write with some of the most successful names in country, pop and Gospel music. Recently signing with EMI Music Publishing, Kate York has been writing more than ever. "This is such an exciting time," she admits. "Between releasing the new record and spending so much time writing with other artists and songwriters, I am busier than I have ever been." "Still," she adds thoughtfully, "There is nothing I'd rather be doing. This is such a blessing and honor, to make a living doing what I love most. I can't wait to see where these new roads will lead".
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