Bill & Kate Isles

Bill & Kate Isles

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Biography

Bill Isles (Duluth, MN) performed his first show of original songs in twenty-five years in February 2000. Since that time, he has become one of the most well known and highly respected singer/songwriters in the Midwest acoustic scene and has been getting national and international attention.

His songs are poetic reflections of life experiences and often explore adventurous spiritual courses. Admittedly a romantic, many of his lyrics describe emotional and sensual encounters. Just when you conclude that a song is about Michelangelo’s first visit to scope out the project at the Sistine Chapel, you start to realize that, perhaps, this is also Isles' perception of entering the “chapel” of his audience. But then, again, it also hints at the intimate interaction of lovers. It is this multi-layering that has drawn fans to listen over and over again. Words like “mesmerizing” and “transcendent” are common in descriptions of his life performances, not to mention, “very funny”.

His love of life has strong roots in his childhood, but his urgency to tell these stories comes from an experience in 1993, when, with just enough warning to drive himself to the hospital, his heart stopped beating. He arrived with just ten minutes to spare. After being defibrillated, and before the doctors had time to detect and open a blocked artery in his heart, he made a commitment to himself that, if he survived, he would begin to write again. Those paddles restarted more than his heart…

Highlights…
2001 - Winner of the 2001 Minnesota Folk Festival New Folk Songwriting Contest
2002 – Nominee for the 2002 Minnesota Music Awards Song of the Year for “I Can’t Take You Home” a duet with Becky Schlegel (From “Weightless” 2001)
2003 – Nominee for the 2003 Minnesota Music Awards Acoustic/Folk Recording of the Year for “The Threshold” (June, 2003)
2004 - Semi-Finalist - Budweiser True Music Band Contest (Only solo artist from field of 25 bands)
2004 - Finalist - KRCL-Radio Songwriting Contest, Salt Lake City, UT

Kate Isles was a closet singer/songwriter, full-time wine representative and dedicated single-mom when she came to a CD release concert for Bill’s first CD, “Weightless” after hearing a radio interview. She bought the CD and singed up on his e-mail list. (“so, I married her! Quips Bill.)

Their relationship began soon afterwards with afternoon sessions with guitars, harmonies and coffee. They’ve been together ever since, marrying in May of 2004. While Bill normally tours solo (“for now”, he says), Kate is becoming an integral part of the act, with extensive duo touring planned for 2007 to support their upcoming duet album, “Matching Baggage”. She added her voice to two songs on hi second release, “The Threshold” (2003) and four on 2004’s release, “The Calling”, including two duets, one of which she co-wrote. The response has been very positive with many comments about the “perfect blend of two voices”. “I’m honored to hear such things,” said Kate, “it reflects the wonderful relationship that we’ve enjoyed.