Originally from Portland, Maine, Kate Merrill had been developing and honing her sound in the New York City Music scene. After 13 years in NYC, she took an opportunity to work with three premier corporate entertainment companies in Denver, Colorado and lived a life on the road.
Her voice has been described as a pure, ghostly sounding vocals with a powerful range and sitting somewhere inbetween indie pop and blues rock/ Jazz genres. She released her debut EP ‘Moving On’ in July 2016 which features the single ‘Higher Place.’ ‘Moving On’ was written to signify the growth and changes of Kate as an artist throughout her time in New York City. She released “Next Girl” as a single in 2018 and is releasing “Awake at Night” in March 2020, a co-written tune with Eric Trudel of Brooklyn, NY.
Kate‘s formal music education began at Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY where she earned credits as a Musical Theatre Major, with a concentration in Vocal Performance. She went on to graduate from Wagner College in 2009 with a B.S. in Arts Administration with a concentration in Music and Theater. She also studied under the classical voice instruction of Lynne Vardaman of Manhattan School of Music and Elizabeth McCullough of Wagner College.
Kate is currently spending her winter splitting time between Maine and NYC to record a series of singles to be released in 2020. Her most recent performance was at The Landing in Scarborough, ME. She’s been spotted in NYC at The Bowery Electric, The Bitter End, The Cutting Room, The Way Station, Union Hall among others. You can catch Kate’s band and sounds at Blue in Portland, ME!
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650A Congress Street, Portland ME
Fri & Sat: 5PM-1AM
Blue has won Portland’s Best Jazz Venue for several years in a row and dedicates every Saturday night to Jazz at Blue.
We are a DONATION BASED venue. Please show your support to the musicians by donating to the basket by the stage. Because we don’t charge a cover and 100% of your donations go to the musicians we respectfully ask that each person make a ONE PURCHASE MINIMUM of food/beverage to help support the room. All seats are first come, first served (feel free to share a table). We do not take reservations.