Kate Paradise

About Kate…

Kate Paradise was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1981, but spent a majority of her childhood in southern New Hampshire, about an hour outside of Boston. Kate’s interest in music began at an early age, singing with her mom in church and taking piano lessons from her pastor. In school, Kate excelled in small but supportive music programs, taking on leadership roles in the choirs and singing in the high school big band. Kate also auditioned and participated in numerous NHMEA All-State and Jazz All-State choirs. During the summer of 1998 Kate attended the Berklee College of Music Summer Performance Program in Boston, Massachusetts. There she received her first formal voice training and was encouraged to further pursue her interest in jazz. A year later, in the fall of 1999, Kate enrolled in one of the top jazz performance programs in the country at the University of Miami School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida. She spent six years at UM, earning her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Performance. While in Miami, Kate received Downbeat Magazine’s student award for Outstanding Solo Jazz Vocal Performance as well as numerous student Downbeat awards for her work Jazz Vocal I, University of Miami’s top jazz choir. Kate taught singing as a graduate assistant and began an active performing career as a jazz singer, including appearances with Kurt Elling, Kevin Mahogany, Elaine Elias, Carmen Lundy, Claudia Acuna and Will Lee

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…The aptly surnamed Kate Paradise is a feast of pitch perfect singing with an inflection waaaay beyond her young years. Should one want to hear what it means to capture the singer's art with textbook precision and jazzed-up inflection, the chestnut Mean to Me here is a stellar case. If Paradise isn't signed immediately to a major label—well, there's just one more reason we critics are cynical. Mark S. Tucker Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

More than just another pretty voice, Paradise has a stunning presence, and is an important addition to the Vermont musical landscape. Paradise is a special, rare musician

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