Katie Gill - singer/songwriter

Katie Gill grew up in Roswell, NM and graduated from Roswell High School. She then attended Eastern New Mexico University in Portales where she earned a Bachelor of Music with Vocal Performance emphasis. She has lived in Albuquerque since 1975, performing in hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, craft fairs, private parties, etc. Her unique and versatile voice spans folk, pop, country, rock, and jazz. She works as a soloist, accompanying herself on the guitar, as well as being involved in numerous groups and bands playing a variety of genres. She does most of the vocal and musical arranging for the groups she's in. Her voice has been heard on jingles for radio and TV throughout the United States. She was the voice of 101.3 The Range country station, singing the station ID. In 1999, she appeared with Susan Clark at the Kerrville Folk Festival Main Stage in Kerrville, Texas. Her formal vocal/classical training has allowed her to appear in both opera and light opera productions in New York City and in New Mexico. Performing all over New Mexico with a children's opera company, Opera Unlimited, Katie has brought both music appreciation and education to elementary age children in a fun and creative format. Her own creative song writing capabilities manifested in high school and since then she has gained numerous awards for her singing and writing talents. A big feather in her cap was competing and winning her way up to represent New Mexico in the National Wrangler Country Starsearch in Nashville, Tennessee nationally televised in 1982. Katie is a founding member of the Buckarettes, who have been together since 1998. They stylize old and new cowgirl swing like no other group has dared. Their vocals are reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters. They have been heard around the world on radio stations in Germany, France, England, Ireland, Australia, Japan and - of course - the USA. They have three CD's, the first one, entitled "The Buckarettes" has sold out several times since its release. A Christmas album release in 2004, "Snow Angels", took them by storm as CD's could not be produced fast enough for demand. Their third CD, "Cowgirl Serenade" has gotten world-wide attention, winning awards and receiving positive acclaim from DJ's who love spinning their songs on their playlists. Two of the songs reached the top 10 mark in the Western genre of DJ's. It won Best Country CD in the 2009 New Mexico MIC awards. Katie has had her hands in producing each of the three albums and has original songs on each of them. Go to CD Baby.com and get a CD now! They perform both in concert and dance venues in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, receiving rave reviews wherever they go. Go to the links page and click on "Buckarettes" to see what they're up to! JeeZ LaWeeZ, another group that Katie is a part of, is an acoustic vocal trio of accomplished women featuring a wide variety of original and eclectic music ranging from Bach to Rock and Bach again! With this group, she has gone beyond the guitar, adding ukulele, banjo and bringing back the world famous kazoo into her repertoire of instruments to help give the group a wide variety of sonorities. Their vocals are intricate and creative. The repertoire is out of this world. They'll have you laughing one minute, crying the next, and sitting in awe the rest of the time. The energy of this new group is going to knock the socks off of everyone who experiences them! Music from the sublime to the ridiculous..... They won Best Music Video in 2013 at the New Mexico MIC Awards and are up for a nomination for 2014. Their much awaited CD has just been released and is selling like hotcakes! Order your copy today from CD Baby! Visit their website --just click on "JeeZ LaWeeZ" on the links page. Check out their youtube channel as well! Katie has one solo CD entitled "All in Good Time". It includes a variety of styles ranging from pop and rock to indie and jazz, featuring a tasteful blend of veteran musicians playing acoustic and electric guitar, acoustic and electric bass, drums, piano, fiddle, dobro, harmonica, sax and cello. The title song was bestowed the honor of Best Musical Production in the Adult Contemporary category in the 1996 New Mexico MIC awards. In 1999 she established another win in the same category with "Painter", which is on a forthcoming album. She has been seen on local public television stations (KNME and Channel 27, "A Alive") and appeared on a TV pilot of the Scott Connor Show performing her original music from her album. Teaching has always been a part of Katie's musical regimen. She has taught private voice and guitar lessons since 1973. Some of her students have gone on to perform and/or teach, sharing the wonderful gift of music. Since harmony is one of her favorite things, Katie began holding workshops on how to sing harmony for the beginning to the advanced. This is a much needed tradition to uphold to tune the ear to the heart and sing what is there with ease, confidence and freedom and to have fun with it at the same time. Katie continues to delight audiences with her energy and talents. Through her performance, Katie brings a unique and soulful conversation with her audience. She has always been given wonderful reviews, with an enthusiastic welcome to come back.