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Kate McGarry

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Kate McGarry

Singer Kate McGarry grew up in Hyannis, Mass., as one of 10 children in a musical family that spent many nights singing together.

At the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, she earned a degree in African-American music and jazz; she began developing her organic vocal style through early training in jazz performance with iconic saxophonist Archie Shepp, and her experiences studying at a meditation ashram and exploring Celtic, Brazilian and Indian music also contributed to her widescreen vision as a vocalist and composer. After years in Los Angeles, McGarry moved to New York in the late ‘90s; her independently produced sophomore album, Show Me, was picked up by Palmetto Records, making her the first vocalist on the label’s roster. Jazziz magazine declared about McGarry upon that first Palmetto release, “With this near-flawless album, she has arrived.”...
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Awards

2009 Grammy nomination Best Jazz Vocal CD Rising Star Downbeat Critic's Poll 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
If Less Is More, Nothing Is Everything is the third in a series of superb recent recordings by Ms. McGarry. An exceptionally appealing blend of folk and jazz.” ~ Martin Johnson, Wall Street Journal

“Spin McGarry's hushed amble through the Cars' Just What I Needed to see how high the bar can be set.” ~ Jim Macnie, Village Voice

“McGarry's sense of musical authenticity is beautifully blended with her always-original musical vision.” ~ Don Heckman, The Los Angeles Times

“There's no greater influence on the young generation of post- Joni female jazz singer-songwriters than Kate McGarry.” ~ Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix

“Rooted in an acute jazz sensibility and a passion for sophisticated pop songcraft, singer/songwriter Kate McGarry transforms all material-anything from Bjork to Jobim-into her own expressive worlds of drama, poetic, pitch-perfect but never prissy.” ~ Owen McNally, Hartford Courant

“Astute and sensitive” ~ Nate Chinen, New York Times

“Singer Kate McGarry employs her light, airy voice and intelligent way with words once again on her latest Palmetto release.” ~ Time Out NY

“Saying more with less is the signature approach of singer/songwriter Kate McGarry, who delivers these songs straight from the heart in a sweet, pitch-perfect voice that has few parallels in any genre.” ~ Judith Schlesinger, AllAboutJazz.com

“At a time when there are so many vocalists performing in styles that hearken back two or more generations, Kate McGarry strikes me as a quiet yet fearless original voice. She's not necessarily moving music ahead by shredding tradition but by incorporating so many different elements into her repertoire. ~ Richard Kamins, HartfordCourant.com

“On the brink of her fourth release, and possibly her best, she shows no sign of relaxing her high artistic standard. She's one to watch and savor.” ~ Josef Woodard, Santa Barbara News-Press

“McGarry sings with the same gusto as the old-school jazz singers: Dianne Reeves, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald. The album has class written all over it.” ~ Charlie Owen, Vail Daily

  • Genevieve & Ferdinand - Live

    Sunnyside Records
    2014
  • Genevieve & Ferdinand

    Sunnyside Records
    2014
  • Girl Talk

    Palmetto Records
    2012
  • If Less Is More....

    Femme Music
    2008
  • Less is More... Nothing is Everything

    Palmetto Records
    2008
  • The Target

    Palmetto Records
    2007
  • Mercy Streets

    Palmetto Records
    2005
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