Born in New England and raised in North Carolina, Kate’s dual musical heritage is one she shared with brothers James, Livingston, Hugh, and her late brother, Alex. Kate’s roots run deep in the soul, gospel and rockabilly sounds of her southern upbringing and in the literate folk, pop and Appalachian stylings that comprise the balance of her family’s musical legacy.
Fronting her own band at the age of fifteen, Kate signed her first recording contract with Atlantic/Cotillion records at nineteen under the tutelage of famed producer Peter Asher. Her debut album, Sister Kate, was released in 1971. Her second album, the self-titled, Kate Taylor, appeared in 1978, produced by her brother James and Lew Hahn.
The following year Taylor released It’s in There, produced by Barry Beckett. After this release, Taylor took a break from the music industry for the next two decades to raise her daughters, Elizabeth and Aretha. She continued to perform and contribute to various projects, including an appearance on the Mark Heard tribute album, Orphans of God, and as a back-up singer for various other artists. Recently she contributed her performance of the song, “Satellite Sky”, to the Grammy-nominated Strong Hand of Love album.
In 2003, she released another album, Beautiful Road, a particularly personal album, dedicated to her manager and husband, Charlie Witham, who fell ill while she was recording the album and died shortly before its release. She resumed her touring career and now plays regularly in New York City, New England and the South.
Though her musical roots are rich and diverse she blends them seamlessly and effortlessly. Whether performing in a coffeehouse or an amphitheater, Kate has a warmth and joy that creates a connectedness between artist and audience that is enduring.