Kate Markowitz

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Catherine Judith "Kate" Markowitz (born Los Angeles, California) is an American singer-songwriter. Markowitz is perhaps best known as a back-up vocalist who has recorded and performed with a number of singers, most notably James Taylor but also Willy DeVille, Shawn Colvin, Mylène Farmer, Don Henley, Billy Joel, k.d. lang, Lyle Lovett, Graham Nash, Randy Newman, and Warren Zevon. She is the daughter of film and television soundtrack composer Richard Markowitz.[1]

1990s European success[edit]

Markowitz had a platinum-selling single in Germany in the 1990s. The single began as a Bacardi Rum jingle that she recorded for the European market. The jingle was so popular that she was asked to transform it into a song about "summer love" rather than rum. She co-wrote the lyrics and recorded it (with Arnold McCuller, David Lasley and Valerie Carter on backing vocals) under the pseudonym Kate Yanai. Called "Bacardi Feeling (Summer Dreamin')," it went to Number 1 within two weeks in Germany, where it stayed for seven weeks, selling well over 500,000 copies. In 1994 she released a second single "Cry, Cry Louise" which reached number 61 in Germany.[citation needed]

2000s activities[edit]

Markowitz continues to work with a number of artists. In 2003, however, she produced her first album, Map of the World, on which she wrote or co-wrote a number of the songs.

In 2010 Markowitz joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour supporting James Taylor and Carole King.

Discography[edit]

Solo albums[edit]

Selected credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ p. 44 Bessman, Jim Markowitz Maps Solo Career with Dad as Inspiration Billboard 27 Mar 2004

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