Kate Lee - Singer, songwriter, fiddler, classically trained in violin and voice
 
  Kate Lee

Bio

Kate Lee

Born and raised in Webster, New York, a quaint suburb of Rochester, Kate began playing the violin at age nine, immediately immersing herself in both Americana and Classical styles. By the time she was twelve, her love for singing, songwriting and performing led her to form the band "Kate Lee with No Strings Attached." As a young teenager, Kate continued her studies in classical music and became a member of the Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

She won the "Search for a Star" talent contest in 2009 for her self-penned composition and performance of "On Your Way." As a result, she performed the song at the world-renowned Eastman Theatre with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Kate has also written songs for non-for-profit agencies such as The Missing and Abused Children Foundation ("In the Mirror") and The Granting Dreams Foundation ("When You Dream"). She has played violin for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 CMA Awards shows and CMA Country Christmas Shows, backing up Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Sugarland, Trace Adkins, Lady Antebellum, and many other major entertainers. She played violin for Rod Stewart when the Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks Heart & Soul tour came to Nashville. She has written several songs with Nashville's renowned writer, Pat Alger, and has completed several recordings produced by Kris Wilkinson featuring such players at Bryan Sutton, Viktor Krauss, John Gardner, Gary Prim, Tim Lauer, and more.

Lee has toured nationally, performing in venues such as The Birchmere (Alexandria, VA), The Peace Center Concert Hall (Greenville, SC), Penn's Peak (Jim Thorpe, PA), and The Tivoli Theatre (Chattanooga, TN). She has opened for many national touring acts, such as Don Williams (with Colm Kirwan), Rhonda Vincent, Dailey and Vincent, and the Grascals.

Kate received her bachelor's degree in Commercial Music Performance at Belmont University where she studied classical violin under the direction of Elisabeth Small and commercial violin, fiddle, under the direction of Tammy Rogers King. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, writing, performing, and recording both as a lead artist and as a supporting musician and vocalist for other artists. She also performs as one half of the Americana pop duo, Wisewater, with vocalist/zouktarist/mandolinist, Forrest O'Connor (see http://www.wisewatermusic.com/).

Major Achievements:

  • 2014 Don Williams Tour - fiddle player and backup singer for opening act, Colm Kirwan
  • 2013 CMA Christmas Show - backup singer/dancer/fiddle player for Jake Owen and violin player for Jennifer Nettles, Mary J. Blige, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins, and Lucy Hale
  • 2012 Violin player for Rod Stewart in Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena performance of the Heart & Soul Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks tour.
  • 2012 CMA Award Show - fiddle player for Kelly Clarkson
  • 2012 CMA Christmas Show - violin/fiddle player for Little Big Town, Katherine Jenkins, John Legend, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles/Sugarland, Keith Urban
  • 2011 CMA Award Show - fiddle player for Rascal Flatts
  • 2011 CMA Award Show - fiddle player for Glen Campbell Tribute behind Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban.
  • 2011 CMA Christmas Show - violin/fiddle player for Lauren Alaina, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Scott McCreery, Jennifer Nettles/Sugarland, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban
  • 2010 Received High School Grand Musician Award
  • 2009 Winner of Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's "Search for a Star" competition with the performance of her song, "On Your Way"
  • 2008 Grand Prize winner of the New York State Songwriting Contest for "Beige" and "On Your Way"
  • 2008 Selected to perform on the PBS television series, "On Stage."
  • 2008 Selected as Teen Correspondent for the Bluegrass Blog
  • 2008 Scholarship award recipient for West Virginia's Augusta Heritage Fiddle Workshop
  • 2007 recipient of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's "Future Women Leaders of America" Award
  • 2007 National Publishing Award for Great New Authors for her song "Are We There Yet"