Kate Klim

Kate Klim

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandFolkAcoustic

Kate Klim's distinct voice and profound songs have earned recognition from some of the premier songwriting contests and opening spots for legendary artists like Shawn Colvin and Richard Shindell.

Biography

***Selected, 2012 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist***
***Finalist 2011 Telluride Troubadour Competition***
***Winner, 2010 Kerrville New Folk Competition***
***Winner, 2008 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (Pop Category)***
***Finalist, 2007 Kerrville New Folk Competition***
***Finalist, 2006 Mountain Stage Newsong Competition***

Kate Klim was five years old when her family inherited a piano, 9 years old when she received her first lesson, and 11 years old when an unsuccessful audition for the film "Life with Mikey" caused her to rethink her career as a movie star. This was fortunate, because the singer/songwriter Club Passim has since called a "rising star" then turned to music.

Kate's songs have earned her recognition from the country's top songwriting contests. She won the 2010 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk contest, and was recently selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festical Emerging artist. In 2011, she traveled to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where she had the opportunity to perform on the mainstage between two of music's biggest names: Steve Earle and Sarah MacLachlan.

With roots in Palatine, Illinois and Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Kate was raised on a steady diet of Carole King , Paul Simon, Billy Joel and John Lennon. Later on, her influences grew to include contemporary artists like Patty Griffin, Jonatha Brooke and Susan Werner.

Kate's musical success in her hometown led her to Berklee College of Music in Boston. It was here that Kate worked on her skills as a writer and performer, and became involved with the local music community that had produced icons like Bob Dylan years before, and Tracy Chapman and Patty Griffin in the recent past.

Her folk/pop style is making a name for her in the singer/songwriter scene. She can often be found on the stages of Club Passim, the Bluebird, Tupelo Music Hall and other notable listening rooms. Her show is a mix of strong pop melodies, humorous songs, and between-song banter that ranges from quirky to absurd. Recent accomplishments include opening slots for Shawn Colvin, Richard Shindell, Ollabelle and a performance at Philadelphia's Electric Factory as part of the Philly Music Awards.

She released her last album, Up and Down and Up Again, to a sold-out crowd at Boston's Club Passim. It was recorded with renowned producer Crit Harmon (Martin Sexton, Susan Werner, Lori McKenna). With her new album, released in 2011, Kate is excited to unveil her newest and best songs, as well as embrace her evolving indie-pop style.

With her audience rapidly expanding, and her music continuing to mature, Kate looks forward to a lifetime of music.

Lyrics

Kamikaze Love

Written By: Kate Klim

The truth is a weapon, and lying’s an art
Love is a battle, and you’ve got a purple heart
This is a long shot, and you are a big mistake

But you smile like you mean it, and I laugh til it hurts
I will roll with the punches and deal with the dirt
I get a pound of music for an ounce of heartache

And this is a kamikaze love for my suicidal heart
Oh and I can’t seem to fight it, fight it
This may never be much more than a flicker in the dark
Oh but look at how we light it, light it up

So aim for my soft spots, and swing til you miss
No, I don’t mind the danger that comes with a kiss
Oh and nobody told me that it could feel like this, like this, like this

is a kamikaze love for my suicidal heart
Oh and I can’t seem to fight it, fight it
This may never be much more than a flicker in the dark
Oh but look at how we light it, light it up

Everyone’s saying that I should know better
Well, haven’t I listened? Haven’t I learned?
But I can’t help thinking there’s something poetic
About watching it crash, about watching it burn

In a kamikaze love for my suicidal heart
Oh and I can’t seem to fight it, fight it
This may never be much more than a flicker in the dark
Oh but look at how we light it, light it up

Ripple

Written By: Kate Klim

It starts with a ripple
It turns to a wave
Then we’re swimming for the shoreline, and praying to be saved
It starts with a minute
It turns to a day
Soon we’re wondering where the time went, like it up and walked away

Chorus:
You weren’t looking for love
But love was looking for you
So don’t you blame it on us
Don’t you act like we’re stuck
When you’re just scared to move

It starts with a tremor
It turns to a quake
I was sleeping like a baby, now I’m startled and awake
It starts with a fracture
It turns to a break
But you will heal if you are patient
We’ll be fine if we just wait...

Chorus

So come get me
I dare you
I’m knockin’
Come let me in
It’s not love that scares you
It’s the falling...

You weren’t looking for love
But love was looking for you
So you threw a pebble
It turned to a ripple
It starts with a ripple.

Can't Wait

Written By: Kate Klim

Maybe you missed your train
Maybe you can blame it on the traffic or the rain
Maybe you just woke up late
But I can’t wait, I can’t wait this time

Maybe when the pressure’s on you choke
Maybe you’re scared that we will end up like your folks
Maybe you will fix the parts you broke, but I don’t know
So I can’t wait, I can’t wait

It’s got nothing to do with trying, it’s got nothing to do with fate
It’s just investments and returns and the lesson I have learned
Is that its’ not your time to take, so I can’t wait

Maybe there’s an answer round the bend
Maybe one day our two paths will cross again
Maybe you will make good in the end, but until then I just can’t wait

It’s got nothing to do with wanting, it’s got nothing to do with faith
It is not written in the stars, and what makes it so damn hard is we were great
But I can’t… I can’t

Maybe your alarm clock didn’t sound
Maybe you missed your turn or just got turned around
But my plane is leaving now,
And I can’t wait, I can’t wait this time.

Even When It's Bad

Written By: Kate Klim

This damn car, this dark road
I’m so happy that I have you here to drive me home
It seems to far, there’s still so far to go
Still so far to go

It’s a crooked path, in a winding wood
Sometimes life don’t go where you think it should
But it’s a lucky man who has understood
That even when it’s bad, even when it’s bad life is good

My bad luck, this bad day
Oh they take the fall when there is nothing else to blame
We overcome what we can’t change
We make our way, we make our way

Along this crooked path, in a winding wood
Sometimes life don’t go where you think it should
But it’s a lucky man who has understood
That even when it’s bad, even when it’s bad life is good

So lucky me… lucky me… lucky me

It’s a crooked path, in a winding wood
Sometimes life don’t go where you think it should
But it’s a lucky man who has understood
That even when it’s bad, even when it’s bad life is good

A Chance

Written By: Kate Klim

Everyone's lined up at the gate
Waiting for the shot to fire
Your money's on number seventeen
Blame it on skill when you win
Blame it on luck when you don't
You make a gamble of everything

Take a chance on me...
Take a chance on me...

The say that she's too old for the game

Her heart is tired, her legs are lame
But once she is gone, she's gone forever
But you see the fire in her eyes
The odds don't count how hard she tries
She wants to win and you believe her

Take a chance on me...
Take a chance on me...

And they're off, and they're off and they're off and they're running
And they're off, and they're off and she's falling behind
And they're off, and they're off and they're rounding the corner
And they're off, and they're off and she's made up her mind
There she goes...

After they run that final race, we file out one by one
But you've got that ticket in your hand
The payout's not bad for second place
But you had faith in someone
It's something I want to understand

Take a chance on me...
Take a chance on me...
Take a chance on me...
Take a chance on me...

Discography

Kamikaze Love - 2011
Up and Down and Up Again - 2006
Heaven Help Me - 2002

Set List

Sets can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2.5 hours.

Originals by Kate Klim