Kathy Phillips

Kathy Phillips

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Rootsy-folk/rock with hook-driven melodies.

Biography

What makes a performer special? The ability to empathize through a well-turned lyric, the talent for writing an effective hook, a connection with an audience projected from the stage, and a sense of purpose and passion in an artists' music are all qualities possessed by those who are able to make the transition from musician to performer.

In 2001 Kathy Phillips released her debut album "Sway" (Black Potatoe) to unexpected success and acclaim. In 2002 Kathy was awarded Best Female Artist and Best Song (for Leaves Changing) by New Jersey’s Courier News/Gannett Newspaper Group. Referring to the Best Song award, the papers wrote “Phillips' song about out-growing a relationship is good jazzy-folky medicine.”

The CD’s praise and her intimate live performances at local venues such as the Stone Pony, the Stanhope House and the Black Potatoe Music Festival created a tremendous regional following. Phillips’ smooth polished sound was described as a graceful connection between rock, folk and pop and drew media comparisons to early Natalie Merchant and Edie Brickell. Phillips’ became a compelling indie music force to the point where several tracks from the record were chosen for a popular MTV series.

Five years later Kathy Phillips releases her sophomore CD for Black Potatoe Records entitled CARRIES YOU AWAY. Sticking with a winning sonic formula the CD is once again produced by label owner Matt Angus (Levon Helm, Warren Haynes, Rodney Crowell) and a collection of 11 roots-driven songs of which Phillips wrote eight. Once again Matt and Kathy capture her expressive lyrics, strong melodies, gorgeous harmonies and excellent musicianship.

Despite using the same production techniques, Phillips is uninterested in treading similar musical ground. Rather, she returns with a more expansive Americana leaning collection including a visceral interpretation of The Band’s classic ‘Evangeline.’ This new direction reflects Phillips personal growth and musical evolution garnered from experiences like singing alongside The Harlem Gospel Choir singers and playing festivals as a duo and full ensemble. On this record, Phillips promises to connect with current fans as well as reach new audiences with musical honesty and eloquent stylistic impressions.

Adding the twang to Phillips’ rootsy redirection is Nashville based pedal steel legend Robby Turner of Waylon Jennings/Highwaymen fame and recording partner of Jim Lauderdale, Willie Nelson, John Prine, et al. Other band members include Barry Mitterhoff (Hot Tuna-Jorma) on Mandolin, Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors, Lenny Kravitz) on electric guitar, Matt Angus on guitar and Hammond, Kim Williams on keyboards, violin, and vocals, Walt Bibinger on acoustic guitar, Todd Lanka on bass, Tom Nelson on drums and Travis Wetzel on violin.

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Kathy has opened for/shared the stage with national acts such as: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Shawn Mullins, Marshall Crenshaw, Honeyboy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, Hootie & the Blowfish, Styx, Andy Summers (Police), Levon Helm (The Band), Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers), Catie Curtis, Chris Barron (Spin Doctors), Michael Glabicki (Rusted Root), Shannon McNally, and Jeffrey Gaines. Kathy has also been involved with singing backups for The Matt Angus Thing alongside members of the notorious Harlem Gospel Choir.

She has performed at notable venues such as New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), The Stone Pony, The Stanhope House, The Starland Ballroom, Maxwells, The Saint (NJ), The Living Room, The Wetlands, The Knitting Factory, The Cutting Room, The Postcrypt Coffeehouse (NYC), and The House of Blues (Boston).

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Phillips' latest collaberation with Anthony Krizan (Spin Doctors, Lenny Kravitz) and Jacqueline Rose "I Wanna Feel Good" just received placement in the movie "WAKE" starring Jane Seymour, Danny Masterson, Bijou Phillips due out in theatres mid to late 2008

Lyrics

Change Your Heart

Written By: Kathy Phillips

I can't say it, I can't confess
Cause all that would do is leave a big mess
Don't question, you'll have to guess
'Cause I can't settle for anything less

If I could change your heart
without you knowing, without ever showing
If I could change your heart
You would know what I'm made of
And not be afraid of me

I can't take it so carry on
I'll do my best to prove you're so wrong
I won't show it, I can't ignore
who can tell and yet who can be sure

If I could change your heart
without you knowing, without ever showing
If I could change your heart
You would know what I'm made of
And not be afraid of me

What have you got to be afraid of
Just talking about a real love
The kind of love that don't get out much
The kind of love that keeps you in touch

If I could change your heart
without you knowing, without ever showing
If I could change your heart
You would know what I'm made of
And not be afraid of me

Sleep

Written By: Kathy Phillips

SLEEP

You never talk about the reasons why
you keep a smile to hide the pain inside
You wrap around the things that you believe
and disregard the things that you can’t see

We used to laugh until it made us cry
the tears became real as the time went by
Somehow the world got heavy and real deep
But seemed to lighten up when you were asleep


IF I COULD HAVE LOVED YOU BETTER
WHAT WOULD IT REALLY MAKE YOU SEE
WOULD IT EVEN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
WHEN ALL YOU WANT IS GO TO SLEEP
ALL YOU WANNA IS GO TO SLEEP.... TURN OUT THE LIGHT

There’s no explaining how you reached this place
Unveil the answers and i would erase ... what you’re feeling
Your heart was weeping blue, all you could take
Stayed deep inside of you that nothing could wake

IF I COULD HAVE LOVED YOU BETTER
WHAT WOULD IT REALLY MAKE YOU SEE
WOULD IT EVEN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
WHEN ALL YOU WANT IS GO TO SLEEP
ALL YOU WANNA IS GO TO SLEEP.... TURN OUT THE LIGHT

You believed...
That a dream...
would set you free

IF I COULD HAVE LOVED YOU BETTER
WHAT WOULD IT REALLY MAKE YOU SEE
WOULD IT EVEN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
WHEN ALL YOU WANT IS GO TO SLEEP
ALL YOU WANNA IS GO TO SLEEP.... TURN OUT THE LIGHT

Rita

Written By: Kathy Phillips

Rita she's an acrobat
Flying over circus cats
If she falls she doesn't get paid
She'll tell you she's in trapeze art
Under lights she plays the part
She's a freak in her own kind of way

Rita she can get some height
In her mind she's taking flight
Right out of this place
When she smiles at the crowd
Loves to hear them cheer so loud
Gets her through another day

Thinks of the folks back home
Cause here she feels alone
She feels alone

At night she's drinking with the clowns
To see if she can wipe the frowns
Right off of their face
And when all the lights go down
Heading for another town
Going home in strange kind of way

So many years gone by
Memories fade with time
Here in her traveling home
She knows that she's not alone
She's not alone
She's home
Now she is home

Discography

Sway - 2001
Jersey Jams Jersey Cares - 2002
Atomic Vol. 3 - 2003
Jerry Jams Jerry Cares - Tribute to Jerry Garcia - 2005
Carries You Away - 2006

Set List

Three 45 minute sets or two hour/15 sets. Mostly originals with some covers.