Katherine Schell

Katherine Schell


Katherine's rare talent mixes trained instrumentalist, poetic flow and sharp charisma with a straight-from-the-soul alternative rock, blues and classical sound that will touch your heart and won't leave your head.


“Just another pretty face,” Katherine Schell is not. True, the 21-year-old singer/song-writer does have the looks; but this girl’s got grit, smarts and depth to back them up. Her blues-infused rock and classical piano style isn’t rooted in teen heartbreak, although she’s had some of that too. Katherine derives her unique style and award winning lyrics from her upbringing in industrial Bay City, MI, her experiences as a highly competitive athlete, and most notably the trauma of dealing with her younger brother’s illness.

Katherine suffered an emotional year in 1999, which can be referenced as her beginnings as an artist. As a high school all-state athlete, her aspirations of big-time college athletics were vanquished when she tore both ACL’s requiring surgery and laying her up for months. To compound this trauma, her little brother, Greg, was diagnosed with Leukemia. Katherine, trained in classical piano since the age of six, turned to songwriting to express her emotions. She developed a soulful, eclectic style that expressed anguish and hope, dreams and fears. “My music is very abstract so it can relate to a lot of different experiences that people have,” Katherine says. “It could be anything.”

Katherine matriculated to Loyola University Chicago to study Philosophy and Music as a double major. The systematic study of Philosophy has helped to enhance Katherine’s lyrics and add depth to her style. This, combined with her ongoing refinement and mastery of the piano, soon attracted notice in the Chicago music scene. After a positive response to live performances of her original work, Katherine recorded an EP, Introducing Katherine Schell, which attracted national attention and facilitated her aspirations of music as a profession.

In 2005 Katherine actively chased her dream and the results began to show. Most notably, Katherine was awarded VH1’s 2005 International Songwriter of the Year Award in the adult contemporary category and recorded her debut album, Emptier Streets, at the famed Chicago Recording Company. Katherine also performed across the nation, from New York City to Hollywood, Chicago to Austin, Denver to Detroit and many stops in-between. In January 2006, Katherine completed her first tour, as she spent two weeks performing at premiere Colorado ski villages, finishing with a show in Denver, in an effort to promote the March 2006 national release of Emptier Streets.

Throughout her burgeoning success Katherine has not lost sight of her initial motivation for her music—her brother’s battle with cancer. In December 2005 Katherine returned to her home state to play a benefit show at the Michigan Theater, which raised $10,000 for Special Days, a Detroit-area summer camp for kids with cancer. Less than a month later, Katherine headlined a benefit concert for Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon, the largest student-run philanthropy organization in the country. Katherine has also begun working with Locks of Love; an organization providing hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who are suffering from long-term medical hair loss. “I know I’m touching people in a way I’ve been touched by other artists before,” Katherine says.


Emptier Streets

Written By: Katherine Schell

I’m ready to act on this
And all these chemical reactions hit
You don’t acknowledge it
Too afraid of what you’ll miss

Numbers and sentences
Together make no sense
Measured emotionless
It’s no coincidence

Beautiful red lights
Beautiful shine

Between your appointments
You’re gonna go walking
With me for enjoyment
On emptier streets

There’s so much more than this
Beyond this burning bridge
Commit to crossing it
And I’ll keep my promises

All the things we’ve never said
All the secret time we spent
Locked up inside my head
Ever since the day we met

Though our eyes have spoken volumes
Those words we couldn’t say
But it’s a long way home without you
And the traffic won’t wait

Take Me As I Am

Written By: Katherine Schell

Only if these walls could talk
Spit out all your closet thoughts
I would sing your secret song
Pushing notes you wrote me wrong

Scream your words
Prove my worth

I’m your puppet put to shame
Hanging on your wall of fame
Automated fingers play
Show me where to sign my name

Take me as I am

My heart can’t beat your deadline
Clicking on the track of time
I don’t want to fall behind
Make you think I never tried

Hanging high, swinging left to right

Come to Me

Written By: Katherine Schell

I hear the words fade into time
They echo through the world below
I wish I had the reasons why
If only heaven couldn’t grow

Would eyes be open? Would hands hold on?
Would loving you be right or wrong?

Come to Me.

The Gravity Situation

Written By: Katherine Schell & Stefan Clark

Hold your head up high
Let the signs be your guide
I will rest my eyes
I know we won't be there for a long time

Hanging high, swinging left to right

When the window breaks, I'll be held in place
Unfastened, you will be gone
As your crashing through onto the avenue
Gravity will take you along

Open up my eyes
Tears reflecting the red lights
Maps cannot find
The places only kept in your mind

Down below the ocean tide
Higher than the bluest skies
Gravity is pulling me back from your light

I am only killing time
Lucky just to be alive
Gravity is pulling me back from your light

We Are Like Stargazers

Written By: Katherine Schell

Believing is seeing
And you're too good to leave
Rockets are launching
Much too high to breathe

Far away, it doesn't change
Pictures stay the same
We could make outer space
More than just a name

I don't wanna miss this opportunity
Wishing away
Wishing you'd stay

I can wait on calling names
Your wave somehow matters
More than light sunshine rays
Following a pattern

We are directing our focus farther
We are directing like stargazers


Written By: Katherine Schell

Here in the city
We pass the air
Around like a cigarette
For all to share

People I know blend in
With those I don't
The light of my dave have been
The bus ride home

The sky's been crying
For too long

I want the morning sun
To steal the night
Dry up the blues and grays
That fall from my eyes
Hand me that ticket
Away from here
Won't you come with me

Brother, sister, take it away with volume
Shake this unfamiliar place with volume


Torn, Limited Edition EP (2004)
Introducing Katherine Schell EP (2005)
Emptier Streets, Full-length Studio Album (limited release and online distribution (iTunes, Napster, etc.), September 2005; full release, March 2006)

Set List

1. Paced
2. Come To Me
3. Emptier Streets
4. Next Holiday (Katherine & Cello)
5. Rest Assured (Katherine & Cello)
6. Take Me As I Am
7. On My Own
8. The Gravity Situation
9. We Are Like Stargazers
10. Imagineer
11. These Long Days
12. Do What You Have To Do (Sarah McLaughlin Cover)
13. You Are Free (Cat Power Cover)

2- 35 minutes sets or 1-60 minute set