In this podcast episode of LIVE: Front & Center, the Women’s International Music Network welcomes Award-winning Jazz Pop singer, producer and storyteller Kate Schutt! WiMN member Myki Angeline talks with Kate about her latest album Bright Nowhere, a twelve track musical tribute to her mother who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in 2015. With songs like “Death Comes Slow”, I Saw Death Arrive” and “Nothing I Won’t Bear”, the album is an emotional combination of beautiful arrangement paired with vulnerable lyrics, which play out much like a ‘Dear Diary’ concept. In the podcast, Myki and Kate dive deep into the discussion of dealing with personal loss, how each of us grieve differently, and the reality that when it feels like we are going through the darkest of times, not everyone can be a support system. That it is ok to not be ok all of the time.
Kate Schutt’s songs have won top honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. She has also shared stages with musical luminaries, such as Bernard Perdie, Scott Colley, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Julian Lage. Her music has been featured on NPR, who calls her vocals “glassily clear and glossily sweet.”
Schutt studied English Literature and poetry at Harvard and jazz guitar at Berklee College of Music. In 2018, Schutt gave an empowering, vulnerable TEDx talk, “A Grief Casserole – How to Help Your Friends & Family through Loss”, gaining over 42k views to date. She took a 5 year break from songwriting, performing, and touring to be her mom’s primary caregiver. Her new album, Bright Nowhere, is a gift to her mother and the culmination of their bittersweet journey together. Learn more about Kate Schutt on her website at: kateschutt.com.