Katie Cavanaugh
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Katie Cavanaugh

Sisters, Oregon, United States

Sisters, Oregon, United States
Band Folk Americana


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Cavanaughs songsmithing is quite impressive. Vibrant imagery, such as the "soft," "swirling"scent of lilac blooms drifting "across her shadowed room" in "Shifting Sands" and the "wind wildly dancing 'cross hill and prairie" in "Oregon," demand attention and reward it with engaging storytelling. Katie combines strong structural influences from her Irish heritage and her bold, clear voice with her heartfelt reverence for the land she calls home. - Jeff Trainor The SOURCE Weekly


Cavanaugh's release EVERY LITTLE THING is her first solo effort. She describes the creation of this CD as an "incredible journey." Recording in Bend, OR at Soundsmith Studio with Clay Smith, a multi-instrumentalist and extraordinary recording engineer was the perfect blend of technical prowess and instinctual musical rendering. "What a ride; I can't wait to get back to the studio and do it again."



Prepare your mind for a soulful journey of song with this gifted musican and performer, Katie Cavanaugh, as she wraps around you with her distinctive style. Warm and captivating, poignant or edgy, her music will always leave you 'leaning in' for more. Her first Solo Release EVERY LITTLE THING is textured with acoustic strings, haunting harmonies and pennywhistle, capturing a hint of the Emerald Road of her heritage. Her timeless, one-of-a-kind voice and eloquent understated delivery is a style all her own. "It is the evolution process of my music and career that I love. Taking risks, learning to welcome the 'free fall' of expression and always staying true to the passion of my work is what is at the center of the music I create."

Katie's musical path spans from west L.A.'s famous Troubadour; opening for Merle Haggard at the Silverthorn Resort in Shasta Lake, California; to Sisters Folk Festival, in Sisters, OR where she has been a two-time finalist in the Singer/Songwriter competition. She was awarded "Folk Song of the Year" in 2004 and in 2005 my the Central Oregon Songwriters' Association.

Born and raised in southern California, Katie's world has always been about music. The second oldest in a large Irish Catholic family of nine, music poured out the windows of that house on the hill. Piano, guitar, flute, trumpet and uproarious harmonies were always in the air. "I grew up on the peninsula just south of L.A. It was rolling hills and rattlesnakes. Now there are condos where the hay fields once were. I guess progress just can't get her fill. Nonetheless, it is a wonderful place to be from," Katie reflects from her rural home in Central Oregon.

With more than two decades of performing coffee houses, festivals and house concerts, Katie's contemproary folk style wraps around her audiences with warm rich vocals and songs that come straight from the heart, striking a chord of love, life and longing. "The most meaningful aspect of my music is the connection with my audience, exposing my soul that I may draw them in even deeper."