Kate Davis

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Not to be confused with Kate Higgins.
Kate Davis
Born Kathryn L. Davis
(1991-02-04) February 4, 1991 (age 25)
Residence New York City
Occupation Singer, musician
Years active 2012–present (musician)
Home town West Linn, Oregon
Website http://www.katedavismusic.com

Kathryn L. "Kate" Davis (born February 4, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, known for playing double bass.

Early life[edit]

Davis started learning music on the violin. She moved to the Pacific Northwest at middle school age and began to study the double bass.[1] Kate played the violin and bass in the local orchestra, the Portland Youth Philharmonic. She was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts in 2009 through the YoungArts national arts scholarship program while at West Linn High School in West Linn, Oregon.[2][3]

Music career[edit]

Davis enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music in 2009, concentrating on jazz and classic American songs.[4] Shortly after, she began writing her own music to perform. By 2012, she was recognized by ASCAP with the Robert Alan Award for new songwriters. She has said that learning the double bass was a difficult process, but after learning the foundation of the American Songbook, she was able to translate that knowledge to create her own contemporary musical style.[5] At school she began collaborating with musicians like guitarist Gabe Schnider and drummer Conor Szymanski; the three have played and recorded together, their songs heard on Michael Feinstein's NPR show Song Travels.[6]

In 2012, Davis gave a talk and performed music at a TEDx conference in Portland, Oregon.[7]

Davis was recognized by MTV as one of the 15 Fresh Females to rule pop in 2014.[8]

Kate opened for Josh Groban in 2014 at the Mann Music Center in Philadelphia.[9]

In early September 2014, Davis sang "All About That Bass" while playing double bass for Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox video channel; Bradlee played piano and Dave Tedeschi played drums on their 1940s jazz-style interpretation, called "All About That (Upright) Bass". After three months on YouTube their version had received 8 million hits.[5][10]

In December 2014, Davis appeared on PBS NewsHour to perform and to talk about her career.[5]

Kate appeared on the PBS special, American Voices with Renée Fleming which aired in January 2015. Davis stepped in last minute for Grammy winner Kurt Elling when he became ill with laryngitis and couldn't perform.[11]

June 5, 2015, Kate appeared on NPR's Song Travels with Michael Feinstein. An hour long interview mixed with performances including "Movie" Kate's version of "Tea for Two" and "Every Good Girl is a Unicorn" [6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "About Kate". Kate Davis Music. 2010. Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Presidential Scholars for 2009". 2014-12-31. 
  3. ^ "ED Honors Presidential Scholars - ED.gov Blog". 30 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "About — Kate Davis". 2014-12-31. 
  5. ^ a b c Min, Ariel (December 10, 2014). "YouTube crooner all about that upright bass and then some". Art Beat: PBS NewsHour. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Kate Davis On Song Travels". 
  7. ^ "Watch "TEDxPortland 2012 - Kate Davis - Your Jeffersonian Moment" Video at TEDxTalks". 
  8. ^ 01/10/2014, Jenna Hally Rubenstein. "15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop In 2014". 
  9. ^ "Performers: 2010 to Present - The Mann Center". 
  10. ^ Barness, Sarah (September 10, 2014). "'All About That (Upright) Bass' Gives A Jazzy Twist To A Great Message". Huff Post Entertainment. Retrieved January 3, 2015. 
  11. ^ "American Voices with Renée Fleming - Kate Davis Gets A Big Break - Great Performances - PBS". 7 January 2015.