After being in the presence of Kate Mills for just a short while as she performs songs on her keyboard, you’re likely to conclude that she’s a singer-songwriter who is destined to take her place in the exclusive inner circle of esteemed singer-songwriters – like Carole King, Joan Baez, Shawn Colvin and Alicia Keys – whose names are associated with the craft of songwriting itself.
Then, after you’ve seen her perform with her electric guitar, you’ll see that there is an exciting additional dimension to her songwriting.
That’s because she also has a strong affinity for, and she reflects the influence she has absorbed from, icons of folk rock like Tom Petty, The Eagles, Dan Fogelberg and Jackson Browne.
Kate began performing in front of audiences at the tender age of 9.
Throughout her adolescence, she continued to develop her piano and vocal skills while writing original music and performing in local showcases.
In college, she was a founding member of the band, Drive Thru Parking, and left the band after 5 years to pursue her solo career in New York City.
Before arriving in New York, she earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.
She continues to work towards raising awareness of emotional and mental health issues, and is always looking for opportunities to merge her love of music with the pursuit of social good.
“I believe music, at its core, is emotional. It’s not only a platform for raising awareness about important social issues, but music itself can offer healing, expression, and create genuine connections that help us feel less isolated and alone.” ~ Kate Mills
She’s performed at some of New York City’s premier venues for live music, including Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End and Piano’s.
In 2013, she released her debut EP, Little Bird, with four songs, and just recently recorded several new songs for her next record.
In her 1st of 2 Shows on Alive with Clive, the first two songs she performed are from Little Bird.
Here are the lists of the songs she performed in her two shows:
In the 1st Show:
- “Cherry Tree” is a reminder to take time to appreciate the beauty in nature that surrounds us;
- “Something to Say” is a song about speaking up to ensure your voice is heard;
- “No Good at Goodbyes” is about the difficulty of moving on from jobs, vacations or relationships; and
- In “No Yellow Brick Road,” Kate reminds us that the path to fulfillment is found not by following recommendations of others, but by introspection coupled with self-discovery.
“I used to believe in a path made of gold
In the 2nd Show:
- “Outrun the Night” reflects the realization that one must ultimately address challenges in life that require attention;
- “Honest Mistakes” is a self-reflective song about regret;
- “Turn To Me” is a love song Kate has dedicated to her husband; and
- “What Did You Think?” is about having the courage to call out someone who attempts to conceal devious behavior.
“I’ve got shadows hidden deep inside
What is especially noteworthy about Kate’s songs is that each one is about a particular facet of life or relationships to which we can all relate.
After you hear each song, you’re left with a new perspective about life, and at the same time your life is enriched in some way by each song.
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