A California native, Kathleen’s music is a collection of poetry and storytelling that reflects life and love on the Central Coast of California. Pulling from the traditions of old-school country music, early-American folk and gospel, and singer-songwriters such as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Josh Ritter and Noah Gundersen, Kathleen’s clear and tranquil voice and lyrics combine to create a fresh and soulful style of Americana-folk.
Born and raised in the Santa Ynez Valley, Kathleen began studying piano at the age of 4 and violin soon after. As an elementary student, she developed a passion for writing and storytelling, and she worked on several novels, finishing a History of the Kings and Queens of England during her freshman year of high school.
In 2012, Kathleen began writing and performing Americana music that is inspired by the impressive wealth of musical tradition that has arisen out of North America, particularly folk, gospel, and old-school country.
Kathleen began working with Bobby Hartry of CatBeach Music in 2018, and along with Raymond Richards in Portland, they produced an 8-song album called Goodnight America. With a nod to the Bakersfield sounds of the 70’s, ‘Goodnight America’ elicits equal parts melancholy yearnings with feel-good love anthems. Released on February 7, Kathleen pulled together her band, The Paradise Road, for a residency at The Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, as well as a record release show at The Standing Sun in Buellton.
Kathleen continues to write new songs and is playing live shows all throughout the Central Coast. Following up on her appearance at Adam Duritz’s (The Counting Crows) NYC – Outlaw Roadshow in 2016 and her participation in the Durango Songwriter Festival, Kathleen has also fronted Shaun Cassidy’s touring band for his string of shows across the US in 2019 and 2020. With the release of her new album, Goodnight America, we’ll see her hit the road with family and friends this summer. Dates to come!