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Genre: Country / Rock
Location Quail Valley, California, US
Profile Views: 44097
Last Login: 11/10/2012
Member Since 4/14/2006
Record Label Urunga / Spinville Records
Type of Label Indie
Bio.. .. .. .. ...... .. .. The Sydney-born Russell, who credits her parents for passing their deep love for traditional country music on to her, began singing at age five and was soon harmonizing with her grandmother, who sang what Russell calls "light opera." She started piano lessons around seven, and by the time she was in her teens was playing and singing at local hotels and restaurants. .... Russell remembers playing for the first time in a club in the western suburbs of Sydney. "The next time I played there, it was standing room only," she says. "This was one of the first times I realized that I could someday make music for a living.".... She carried her passions and growing ambition to the United States, studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. A former marathon runner who once competed in qualifying races for the Olympic trials, and a tri-athlete as well, Russell spent many harsh Beantown winters dedicated to training. "After my runs, I would have sweat frozen to my body," she says..... A few years later, studying for her degree in Music Composition at a college in North Texas, she performed Top 40 country songs in a band between exams. Russell then moved to San Pedro, California, a small town outside of L.A. where she taught as an adjunct professor at a college, and where she currently gives private vocal and piano instruction. While establishing herself on the West Coast, she also took her upbeat style overseas to entertain troops on a Department of Defense tour of the Pacific Rim, including Hawaii, Southeast Asia and Guam..... Drawing an analogy between songwriting and another longtime passion of hers, surfing (which she once considered turning into a professional career), Russell says, "Surfing is a composition all on its own. It's about watching a wave and designing how you're going to ride it. There's nothing quite like the freedom of surfing on a day that's clear - the sun, the water. It's a peaceful place to be.".... Surfing is perhaps an unusual hobby for someone who credits Patsy Cline, Floyd Cramer, Patty Loveless and Slim Dusty --one of Australia's top-selling country artists of all time--as being among her biggest musical influences, but a simple matter of geography didn't prevent Kate Russell from developing a passion for the classics of country music..... "I'm really excited about people's reactions to the songs on Powerful Stuff, and I'm looking forward to getting out there and performing, which is something I've always been totally at home with," she says. "I think I'm writing the best songs of my life. I've reached a place that I want to be with my writing, and I'd like to branch out and write songs for other people, too. I also wouldn't mind doing film scores. I enjoy doing any composing, from a simple three-minute song to a symphonic piece. I've never believed in setting limits for myself, and I can't wait to share all I have with the world." .... ..
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InfluencesPatsy Cline, Patty Loveless, Shania Twain, Keith Urban, Bonnie Raitt
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