CONNECTICUT'S 16th STATE TROUBADOUR
“…with Begley and Wolcott flanking [Kate]…there was a giant, multi-pronged Emersonian celestial tuning fork on stage…it put light in one’s heart."
- Colin McEnroe
ABOUT KATE CALLAHAN
“An Optimistic & Uplifting Experience To Soothe The Soul”
Singer-songwriters come and go, but Kate has risen out of life’s hardships to write her fourth album of courageously themed songs. This studio release brightens the ear with its pure melodies and Kate’s verve for writing uplifting songs despite the times. Callahan is here to stay—bold and optimistic—and TRIUMPH is her ticket! Kate gives us a glimpse of what she appreciates in life, and tackles how to rise above life’s circumstances — her visionary soul alive in her lyrics. Kate and her team’s ultimate goal was to create a record that reflected her resiliency, tenderness and love of folk music. The result is TRIUMPH!
From the spring of 2016 through June 2018, Kate served Connecticut as its 16th State Troubadour. An advocate for the disempowered, Kate developed a pilot program called Miracle of Melody to help women inmates learn to use their voices for positive change in their lives. Kate is a staple in the Connecticut music scene, receiving awards like Woman of Character from the Hartford Courant, Best Songwriter in Connecticut at the CT Music Awards 2013, Artist of the Year from the Greater Hartford Arts Council, 2014, and Best Singer-Songwriter from the CT Now readers poll 2017. Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) says Kate’s songs are “Zen-like,” and the Boston Globe praises her saying, “Kate has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics.”
In addition to the release of TRIUMPH, Kate has entered the self-improvement movement with her CD of spoken affirmations (set to the instrumental tracks of her songs) called TRIUMPHANT YOU and a deck of affirmations cards titled the same.
LIVE PERFORMANCE / VIDEO
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
2019: Voted Best Folk Singer of the Year in CT NOW Best of Hartford
2019: Runner-up; Best CT Album & Best Singer-Songwriter of the Year, CT Now Best of Hartford
2018: Iguana Grant Recipient from Club Passim
2018: Top Artist of the Year on International Folk DJ Chart (#90 of 249)
2018: Top Album of the Year on International Folk DJ Chart (Triumph, #55 of 199)
2018: "Triumph" debuts at #17 on Folk DJ Chart for June
2018: #20 Top Artist on Folk DJ Chart for June
2018: Second Place, Best Folk/Traditional Band/Singer, CT NOW Best of Hartford
2018: Third Place, Best Singer-Songwriter, CT NOW Best of Hartford
2018: Triumph Released
2017: Voted Best Singer-Songwriter, CT NOW Best Of Hartford
2016-18: Served as Connecticut's 16th State Troubadour
2015: Nominated for Best Songwriter in New England
2014: QUAD Showcase Performer at NERFA
2014: United Arts Campaign Featured Artist
2014: Aha EP Released
2014: Two Doors EP Released
2014: Swing Low Single Released
2013: Voted Best Singer-Songwriter in Connecticut
2005: Woman of Character Award 2005, Hartford Courant
2003: Serenity Award
2003: The Greatest of Ease Released
2002-2004: Voted Best Solo Performer
2000: The Influence of Red Released
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...
"Kate Callahan performed at Russell Library in Middletown this past June (2018) to a happy crowd of listeners! Her stories of being the Connecticut State Troubadour, the variety of music and the quality of the musicians that she brought with her kept every one of our patrons engaged and thoroughly fulfilled. While Kate's voice is strong and delightful, the singing mastery of Cynthia Wolcott and Michelle Begley sent some songs to a new level of enjoyments. Atticus Kelly on piano with
the trio during Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was an experience not to be missed!"
- Rolande Duprey, Programming & Community Engagement for Russell Library
“Kate Callahan never intended to write a "message" album. Rather, as she puts it, she simply wanted to explore some of the "startling and awe-inspiring moments we face in a lifetime." But there's nothing quite that simple about Callahan or the music she makes.”
"WNPR host Colin McEnroe says,”Kate Callahan seems to be performing her own high-risk trapeze act, swinging out and away from influences into those spaces where original, startling music is made.
Not many go there and those who do deserve to be called what they are — artists. Kate Callahan is an artist these days.”
"Two Doors is Kate Callahan’s musically uplifting and socially daring album. The recording is her third original album inside
a career and personal story that has garnered her national acclaim.”
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Hartford Courant - "Kate's Song" By Steve Metcalf. (Kate's career launched with this piece. It was picked up by the Associated Press, published internationally, and Steve Metcalf won an award for his journalism)