Eclectic British singer-songwriter Kate Thomas grew up in a small town in Essex called Laindon, near a place nicknamed 'Alcatraz'. Feeling trapped in her early years, Kate would immerse herself in music, maps and languages. The family home was, 'small with woodchip on the walls', but it was warm and creative and the family would spend their time playing music together. The soundtrack to Kate's childhood was mostly jazz, with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra featuring prominently. Kate's grandad 'farvie' was also a well-known drummer in East London; playing regularly at Ronnie Scott's and at the Krays’ now notorious R&R club. Kate's early interest in languages continued unabated, leading her not only to sing Italian opera, on a chair, in a restaurant, in a place called 'Bas Vegas', but also to translate a love letter into Russian for a neighbour!
After university, Kate decided to discover the world she had studied for so long in books, travelling around Central Europe, Eastern Europe, through to Asia, Australia and New Zealand, with just a backpack and guitar in tow. When Kate returned, she trained as an Actor, after which she received two sizzling reviews in The Stage newspaper, one calling her a 'working class terror'. On leaving drama school however, this fair lady was continually led back to the stage, not to act but to sing. Kate has performed in many genres and languages over the years, including folk, gypsy, latin, jazz and blues; taking her, among other places, to France, Glastonbury and following in her grandad's footsteps, Ronnie Scott's.