The official website of Emilee Kate, singer and songwriter from North Carolina. Currently based in Nashville, TN.
Originally from a small town in North Carolina, Emilee Kate brings an eclectic mix of sounds to her vocals and songwriting. She always had a passion for music, and after college she left the comfort of her hometown to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter in Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. With influences ranging all over the musical spectrum from country, bluegrass and Americana, to rock and roll, as well as soul and blues, you are sure to find a variety of music and a unique sound when you watch her perform. Emilee regularly performs in Nashville, playing both acoustic sets and full band sets. Be sure to keep up with her on Facebook and Instagram for weekly show schedules, music updates, photos, videos and more!
Emilee Kate spent most of her younger years in small town Pilot Mountain, NC on her family’s farm. There, she spent her days balancing school and a social life, participating in extracurricular activities, and riding horses. Emilee always had a love for music, but in her younger years, it was mostly just a private hobby. When asked what she wanted to do for a living in the future, the answer was never clear to her.
In 2010, she graduated from high school and went on to attend college in the mountain town of Boone, North Carolina at Appalachian State University, where she majored in psychology and minored in sociology. She credits the time she spent at the university and in the mountains for helping to shape her into the person she is now. It was there that she found a passion for live music, spending many of her weekends with musician friends at shows in local college bars, listening to them play and sing. Although Emilee had always been very private about her love of singing, with encouragement from her friends, she slowly began to perform on stage, starting with one song and eventually going on to sing several songs at every show. With practice, her stage fright diminished and her confidence grew a little at a time. She also began to learn about professional songwriting, and made a few trips to Nashville with friends, where she got to see firsthand how people could turn a love for music into a real career. It was then that the seed was planted, and she knew that Nashville was where she wanted to be.
After graduating college, she moved back home to Pilot Mountain, and decided to work in North Carolina for a while, hoping to save up to move to Nashville. She took jobs as a waitress, a tutor, an after school program teacher at an elementary school, and also volunteered at a stable that provided therapeutic horseback riding lessons to children. In her spare time, she regularly attended and sang at local open mic nights. It wasn't until 2016, however, that she finally took the leap. In July, she packed a bag and left to stay with family friends who lived just outside of Nashville, where she stayed for a few months while she worked on securing a foundation for life in Music City.
Emilee has been in Nashville for several years now, and in that time she has transitioned from part-time to full-time musician, playing regularly both in and out of the city. Her time in Nashville has helped her hone her craft as a singer and performer, and she has been quietly working on songwriting. Although her story isn’t like that of some of her peers, many of whom knew at an early age that music was their path and devoted their life to it, she feels that every event in her life lead her here.
“I couldn't be more grateful that I get to do something I love for a living. It isn’t always easy, but it is always worth it. I feel at peace with my life now more than ever, like I’m exactly where I belong, doing exactly what I was meant to do. That’s a really amazing feeling. I have lots of goals I want to achieve in the future, but honestly I’m just enjoying the ride right now. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me.”
Highlights from a live show at Redneck Riviera in Nashville, TN
Emilee Kate covers Jo Dee Messina's "Heads Carolina" with the band at AJ's Good Time Bar in Nashville, TN
Emilee Kate covers Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman" with the help of Vince Alten on keys and Nick Vaughn on guitar
Emilee Kate covers Delbert McClinton's "Two More Bottles of Wine" with Vince Alten on keys/harmonies at Plantation Pub in Bellevue, TN
Emilee Kate covering Dreams by Fleetwood Mac with Grace Maher
Emilee Kate live at Tin Roof Memphis covering "Fat Bottomed Girls" by Queen with the full band
Emilee Kate covers "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Prince with Vince Alten on keys
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