Kate Davis

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Kate Davis
Born (1991-02-04) February 4, 1991 (age 29)
West Linn, Oregon, U.S
GenresPop, jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, singer
InstrumentsVocals, bass, guitar
Years active2012–present

Kathryn L. "Kate" Davis (born February 4, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter, and bassist.[1]

Early life[edit]

Davis started learning music on the violin. She moved to the Pacific Northwest in middle school and began to study the double bass.[2] She played violin and bass in 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.[3][4]

Music career[edit]

Davis enrolled at the Manhattan School of Music in 2009, concentrating on jazz and classic American songs,[5] and she collaborated with guitarist Gabe Schnider and drummer Conor Szymanski, these songs can heard on Michael Feinstein's NPR show Song Travels.[6] In 2012, she was recognized by ASCAP with the Robert Alan Award for new songwriters.[7] She has said that learning the double bass was difficult, but after learning songs from the Great American Songbook, she was able to translate that knowledge to create her own style.[8]

As featured performer[edit]

  • In 2012, Davis gave a talk and performed music at a TEDx conference in Portland, Oregon.[9]
  • Davis was recognized by MTV as one of the "Fifteen Fresh Females to Rule Pop" in 2014.[10]
  • In September 2014, Davis sang a cover version of "All About That Bass" by Meghan Trainor 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 eight million hits.[8][11]
  • In December 2014, Davis appeared on PBS NewsHour to perform and to talk about her career.[8]
  • She appeared on the PBS special American Voices with Renée Fleming in January 2015. Davis stepped in at the last minute for Grammy-winner Kurt Elling when he became ill with laryngitis and couldn't perform.[12]


  • Introducing Kate Davis (2008)
  • A Kate Davis Holiday (2009)
  • Live at Jimmy Mak's (2010)
  • Trophy (2019)
Year Album / song Peak chart positions Notes
Jazz Albums Top Heatseekers Top Independent Albums Billboard 200 Japan Hot 100
2016 The Essentials 2 5 Track: 4 "All About That Bass"
Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox[13][14]
Davis is co-writer of Sharon Van Etton's single, "Seventeen",[15] which peaked at #9 on March 16, 2019, on Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs chart.[16]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Kate Davis AllMusic Biography at AllMusic
  2. ^ "About Kate". Kate Davis Music. 2010. Archived from the original on January 7, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2015.
  3. ^ "Presidential Scholars for 2009". 2014-12-31.
  4. ^ "ED Honors Presidential Scholars - ED.gov Blog". 30 June 2009. Archived from the original on 5 January 2015. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  5. ^ "About — Kate Davis". 2014-12-31.
  6. ^ "Kate Davis On Song Travels".
  7. ^ "The ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award Presented to Kate Davis". Welcome to ASCAP. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Watch "TEDxPortland 2012 - Kate Davis - Your Jeffersonian Moment" Video at TEDxTalks".
  10. ^ 01/10/2014, Jenna Hally Rubenstein. "15 Fresh Females Who Will Rule Pop In 2014".CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "American Voices with Renée Fleming - Kate Davis Gets A Big Break - Great Performances - PBS". 7 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox The Essentials Chart History". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  14. ^ "Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox The Essentials Chart History". Billboard. 1969-12-31. Archived from the original on 2019-03-30. Retrieved 2019-03-30.
  15. ^ "Sharon Van Etten Premieres Kate Davis' New Song and Kate Announces Debut on Solitaire Recordings Out November 8th". Circuit Sweet. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2020-06-20.
  16. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs Chart". Billboard. 2019-03-16. Retrieved 2020-06-20.