Kate Paradise was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1981, but spent a majority of her childhood in southern New Hampshire, about an hour outside of Boston. Kate’s interest in music began at an early age, singing with her mom in church and taking piano lessons from her pastor. In school, Kate excelled in small but supportive music programs, taking on leadership roles in the choirs and singing in the high school big band. Kate also auditioned and participated in numerous NHMEA All-State and Jazz All-State choirs. During the summer of 1998 Kate attended the Berklee College of Music Summer Performance Program in Boston, Massachusetts. There she received her first formal voice training and was encouraged to further pursue her interest in jazz.
A year later, in the fall of 1999, Kate enrolled in one of the top jazz performance programs in the country at the University of Miami School of Music in Coral Gables, Florida. She spent six years at UM, earning her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Performance. While in Miami, Kate received Downbeat Magazine’s student award for Outstanding Solo Jazz Vocal Performance as well as numerous student Downbeat awards for her work Jazz Vocal I, University of Miami’s top jazz choir. Kate taught singing as a graduate assistant and began an active performing career as a jazz singer, including appearances with Kurt Elling, Kevin Mahogany, Elaine Elias, Carmen Lundy, Claudia Acuna and Will Lee.
In the summer of 2005 Kate moved to central Vermont. While in Vermont Kate worked as a jazz vocal educator at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Johnson State College and Saint Michael’s College. Kate continued her active jazz performance career in Vermont, quickly becoming a local favorite. Early in 2006 Kate released her debut CD, You Stepped Out of a Dream, on Vermont label Sonic Mirage. The recording features Joseph Davidian (piano), John Rivers (bass), Geza Carr (drums), Nicholas Cassarino (guitar) and John McKenna (tenor saxophone.) Partial proceeds from the sales of You Stepped Out of a Dream will be donated to the Melissa Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to violence prevention and treatment. The album, like most of Kate’s repertoire, includes some of the genre’s best-loved songs and features a variety of instrumentation: intimate duo performances, a Nat “King” Cole-style swing tune and quartet arrangements, concluding with a live track from her Master’s recital in Miami.
In 2007, a track off of You Stepped Out of a Dream was selected for Putumayo’s international release Women of Jazz. Kate currently resides in Nashville, TN. While continuing to perform nationally and pursuing her DMA at the University of Illinois, Kate is also a full time instructor of commercial voice and director of the Downbeat award-winning jazz vocal group, Jazzmin, at Belmont University.
…The aptly surnamed Kate Paradise is a feast of pitch perfect singing with an inflection waaaay beyond her young years. Should one want to hear what it means to capture the singer's art with textbook precision and jazzed-up inflection, the chestnut Mean to Me here is a stellar case. If Paradise isn't signed immediately to a major label—well, there's just one more reason we critics are cynical.
Mark S. Tucker
Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
More than just another pretty voice, Paradise has a stunning presence, and is an important addition to the Vermont musical landscape. Paradise is a special, rare musician. The sound is beautiful, the message is clear and that voice is radiant.
The Stowe Reporter
Kate Paradise's debut, You Stepped Out of a Dream, is the real thing - a CD full of memorable, old-school jazz standards straight out of the Great American songbook.
Her voice is sultry but classy; she doesn't feel the need to belt out a jazz standard just to get your attention. She understands the power of subtlety.
Burlington Free Press