Kate Klim was five years old when her family inherited a piano, 9 years old when she received her first lesson, and 11 years old when an unsuccessful audition for the film “Life with Mikey” caused her to rethink her planned career as a movie star.
This was fortunate, because the singer/songwriter the Boston Herald has called a “best bet for folk-pop stardom” then turned to music.
With roots in Illinois and Pennsylvania, Kate was raised on a steady diet of Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and John Lennon. 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 known for producing icons like Bob Dylan, Tracy Chapman, Patty Griffin and many more. 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.
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, 2007 Solarfest Competition, and 2011 Telluride
Troubadour Competition. She was also selected as a 2012 Emerging Artist by the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
Her first release “Up and Down and Up Again” was created with the help of renowned producer Crit Harmon (Martin Sexton, Susan Werner, Lori McKenna), and was dubbed a “gem” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Her second release, “Kamikaze Love,” was produced by friend, band mate and promising new producer Brian Packer, and included the songs than won her the New Folk competition and Emerging Artist slot. A good marriage of her folk and pop sensibilities, its songs were featured on several TV shows, including the pinnacle of high-brow, intellectual social commentary: “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” Her third studio album, 100 Million Years, was released in the late summer of 2014. Kate described the album as having “a little more maturity, a little more quirk, and
a lot less heartbreak.” Not unrelated, it was also the first album she released after marrying. After a hiatus of several years to focus on starting her family, Kate has returned to music with new experiences to share and new songs to sing. She heads to the studio in spring 2020 for her next release, as of yet untitled. Kate lives in Nashville, TN and enjoys its rich musical community (and its biscuits).