Kate Vigo

Kate Vigo

 Victoria, AUS
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Kate Vigo’s sound is a unique interpretation of classic pop with a hint of jazz sensibility. She draws on the musical inspiration of sixties girl groups The Shirelles and the Shangrilas, the soul-driven music of Billie Holliday and the lushly written music of Prince, to write catchy heartfelt songs.

Biography

Kate won the Adult Contemporary category in the 2012 Unsigned Only song writing competition with her song Wanna Run; the Adult Contemporary category in the 2013 UK song writing competition with her song The Way You Are; and is a finalist in the 2013 NSAI song writing competition with her song It Is Love.

“A great record, full of vocal magic and seductive loops that are by turns playful, wistful and dark. It’s experimental pop that’s still fun, sitting somewhere between Billie Holiday and Zap Mama…self-penned wistful love-songs which are personal, but oddly universal…Eclectic, versatile, part pop, electronic and stylish ‘60s torch rock, all awesome.” Beat Magazine
Kate Vigo has explored her musical inspirations to develop an individual sound that fuses jazz, classic pop, and the influences of Indian Carnatic traditional music. Her 2010 single “The Way You Are” started as a wistful jazz-influenced reflection on hopeless love and developed into a funky pop anthem that was shortlisted in the American-based International Songwriting Contest, the top ten shortlist of APRA’s Vanda and Young Songwriter of the Year, won the Musicoz Award for Best Video and was featured on soundtrack of Australian television drama “Offspring”.

Her musical inspirations include the city funk of sixties girl groups The Shirelles and the Shangrilas, the soul-driven music of Billie Holliday and the lushly written music of Prince. During 2011 (due for release in 2012) she worked on her first album “Blue to Gold” which fuses the organic and the synthetic With producer and composer Jan Skubiszewski at the production helm, Kate has proved herself as an artist in full command of her craft. The album also includes a musical collaboration with Clare Bowditch. “Wanna Run”, the single from the album, was recently selected to be a finalist, from a pool of over 16,000 entries, in the International Songwriting Competition’s Unsigned Category.

“Blue to Gold” features driving tempos and peppy beats and lyrics; Kate says “A lot of my existing work is a little dark and broody, inspired by the beauty in tragedy. Now I feel like I want to have fun and write songs people can dance around in their bedroom to. There is definitely still a dark side to the album though”.

Early 2012 Kate headlined the Hunter and Gatherer Tour.

Kate fronts a five-piece band that features Max Walker on guitar, Lily Walker on vocals and keyboard, Dan MacDonald on drums and Thom Coombe on bass.

2012 – Hunter and Gatherer Tour – with Emmy Bryce: Launceston, Hobart, Adelaide, Sydney.

FESTIVAL APPEARANCES
2011 – St Kilda Music Festival, VIC
2011 – Cool Summer Festival, VIC
2010 – Queenscliff Music Festival, VIC
2010 – Rhythms in the Valley, VIC
2010 – Brunswick Music Festival, VIC
2010 – Port Fairy Folk Festival, VIC
2010 – The Spiegeltent, Garden of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide Fringe, SA
2010 – Shepparton Festival, VIC
2010 – Mount Beauty Music Festival, VIC
2010 – Falls Creek Music Festival, VIC
2010 – Australia Day at The Docklands, VIC
2009 – Queensland Multicultural Festival, QLD
2009 – Semaphore Music Festival, SA

AWARDS
2011 – Shortlisted International Songwriting Contest
2010 - Arts Victoria Music Career Building Grant
2010 - Australia Council Presentation and Promotion Grant
2010 - Victorian Winner of APRA/AMCOS Song Summit
2010 - Winner of Music Oz Best Video Clip for ‘The Way You Are’
2009 - Finalist in the NA2R Competition (New Artists to Radio)
2009 - Shortlisted as APRA’s Vanda and Young Songwriter of the Year
2007 - Runner-up in Independent Music Awards

RADIO AIRPLAY & TELEVISION
Nova
Triple J
Fox FM – Australian First
Radar Radio (Austereo digital radio)
ABC Radio National
FBi Radio
3 PBS FM
3Triple R
Joy FM
Southern FM
97.9FM – Living In The Land Of Oz
Soundtrack of Channel Ten’s Offspring
Rage (ABC TV) – Indie Video Clip of the Week
MAX Music – First Play with Yumi
Art Nation (ABC TV)
Phoenix FM
Radio Adelaide
Voice FM
3CR
Coast FM
3 Way FM
ABC Radio – Vario

Lyrics

Blue Kisses

Written By: Kate Vigo

Blue Kisses

Blue is the colour of the night
The colour of heaven, the colour of your eyes
Eyes that linger, burn with a light
But the light that shines must fade

Oh but a shade of the hue
When the light turns to gold
In the night I burn for you
But now I just feel cold, now I just feel

Blue kisses in the morning light
The fire’s burning cold

Like a star that shines
Before it falls
Before you see the light
It’s already cold
Your eyes the waves and I the shore
Covering me, loving me

Oh but a shade of the hue
When the light turns to gold
In the night I burn for you
But now I just feel blue…

Blue Kisses in the morning light
The fire’s burning cold
Blue Kisses in the morning light
The fire’s burning cold

Wanna Run

Written By: Kate Vigo

Wanna Run

Wanna Run wanna hide
Wanna build a wall around me
Gotta loose my sights
So that I can find my way
Seems every body has the answer
Always end up at the start again

Don’t stand too long
The world is spinning round you
You’ll loose your step
When you try to move too fast
But every time I fall I tumble
Always land back on my feet again

CH
Going nowhere till I find a way
Turning me round bring me up bring me down
Two steps back with every step I take
You’re holding me back there’s no stopping me
I just want to run un un un un
I just want run

I’m locked inside
Inside a dream inside my head
I try so hard but nothing seems to be enough
And every way I turn I stumble
Always land back on my feet again

Turning me round, don’t know which way to go
Everyone has their say
They’re telling me to take it slow

Turning me round bring me up bring me down
You’re holding me back there’s no stopping me now

CH

Turning me round, don’t know which way to go
Everyone has their say
They’re telling me to take it slow

When I just want to run

Not The One

Written By: Kate Vigo

Not The One
By Kate Vigo (copyright)

We went through all the motions hoping it would stick
We covered all the common ground thinking this was it
Making sure we didn’t fall into the traps that people do
Making plans and promises thinking it was true
But you’re not the one

It started off so blindly the way they say it does
When we made love I felt it so completely
It’s hard to find someone who really understands you
Sometimes I almost think that you do
But you’re not the one
Not the one, you’ll never be, not the one
Not the one – I see you walking away

Lower my defences, I wanna go all the way
Lower my defences, I’m ready to go all the way
But you’re not the one, not the one
Not one - I see you walking away
(Slept ‘neath the shade of you for too long)
Slept ‘neath the shade of you for too long
(Fell asleep to the song of you for too long)
Fell asleep to the song of you for too long

And I’m sorry if I made you feel that this was something that it’s not
For now it’s good why shouldn’t we just play along?
There’s nothing wrong with filling up the spaces
Just as long as you know that you’re not the one
Not the one.

Kate Vigo (Copyright)

It Is Love

Written By: Kate Vigo

It Is Love
Words and Music by Kate Vigo

It is rain
Falling down on me
It is understanding
That there is nothing more I need
It is closing my eyes
And feeling
It is letting go
It is compromise
It is love
It is tears in my eyes
It is the most happy times in my life
It is gone
It was right
It was mine
It is time that drips like water
It is wanting more
It is never feeling enough
It is feeling too much
It is dark
And it is deep
And it scares me sometimes
It is blind they say
But it always finds its way
To creep inside
Take away your mind
It is love
It is peace
It is all I need
It is beautiful
It is free
It is love

It Is Love

Written By: Kate Vigo

It Is Love
Words and Music by Kate Vigo

It is rain
Falling down on me
It is understanding
That there is nothing more I need
It is closing my eyes
And feeling
It is letting go
It is compromise
It is love
It is tears in my eyes
It is the most happy times in my life
It is gone
It was right
It was mine
It is time that drips like water
It is wanting more
It is never feeling enough
It is feeling too much
It is dark
And it is deep
And it scares me sometimes
It is blind they say
But it always finds its way
To creep inside
Take away your mind
It is love
It is peace
It is all I need
It is beautiful
It is free
It is love

Why Do I Feel This Way?

Written By: Kate Vigo

Why Do I Feel This Way?
Words and Music by Kate Vigo

I’m sitting and unravelling the knot in my head
I’m going over and over every word that you said
It’s over It came as no surprise
So why do I feel this way inside? Why?
Why do I feel this way inside? Why?
People come and people go
In my heart I’ll always know
Tthat you were the one that made me grow
So why when I know that it’s right
Why is it so hard to let go? Why?

Something Has Changed in You

Written By: Kate Vigo

Something Has Changed in You
Words and Music by Kate Vigo
In a gentle stare I can see
In the soft touch of a hand I can feel
The way that darkness falls, I’m sure
The way your eyes don’t light up any more
Something has changed in you
Something has changed in you
And I don understand
And I don understand
Reflections of what you used to be
I’m just holding on but you’re falling away from me
You tell me that you love me
But you don’t say it with the same feeling
Something has changed in you
Something has changed in you
And I don understand
And I don understand

The Way You Are

Written By: Kate Vigo

The Way You Are (The Doo Doo Song)
By Kate Vigo

It’s not that you don’t call, no it’s not that
And it’s not that you bore me, no it’s not that at all
It’s just the way, the way you are
Ohhhhh

It’s not that you don’t like my friends
And I don’t like your friends
And I wish
I wish it was so simple as to say
That it was something that could change
But it’s not way you do, and it’s not what you say, and it’s never going to change
But I wouldn’t want you to
It’s the way, the way you are

Oh, after all this time I thought that I could change you
And tell you what I want you to be
What a stupid thing to do

And I wish, I wish it was so simple as to say it was something that could change
But it’s not what you do, and it’s not what you say
No, it’s not that
It’s you
It’s you

Copyright Kate Vigo

What You Waiting For?

Written By: Kate Vigo

What You Waiting For?
By Kate Vigo

All your life you wore your dreams just like a crown
Just waiting for your chance to come around
When the light shine s down on you tell me what you’re gonna do?
And your heart just skips a beat are you gonna to make your move?

What’s it gonna be? What you waiting for?
You waited your whole like to begin, it’s already started.
What you waiting for?

All this time you’ve been living life in overdrive
Just running round with everyone all the time
When the light shine s down on you tell me what you’re gonna do?
This moment’s just for you tell me what you got to lose?

What’s it gonna be? What you waiting for?
You waited your whole life to begin, it’s already started.
So what’s it gonna be?
What you waiting for?
You waited your whole like to begin, it’s already started.
So what you waiting for?

There’s not a lot you can say, not a lot of waiting to do, I was looking away.

All your life you wore your dreams just like a crown
Just waiting for your chance to come around
When the light shine s down on you tell me what you’re gonna do?
And your heart just skips a beat are you gonna to make your move?

What’s it gonna be? What you waiting for?
You waited your whole life to begin, it’s already started.
So what you waiting for?
What you waiting for?

©Kate Vigo

Discography

2012 -- Album: Blue to Gold (forthcoming)
2010 – EP: Someone Better, Independent/MGM
2009 – Single: The Way You Are, Independent/MGM
2008 – Remixes EP: It is Love, Independent/MGM
2007 – Album: It is Love, Independent/MGM

Radio Airplay:

The Way You Are (also featured on Australian television dramas Offspring)

Not The One

Wanna Run

Haunting Me

Set List

1.Girlfriend (Prince Cover)
2.You’re Haunting Me (Kate Vigo)
3.Not the One (Kate Vigo)
4.Blue Kisses (Kate Vigo)
5.The Way You Are (Kate Vigo)
6.The Stereo (Kate Vigo)
7.Dangerous Heart (Kate Vigo)
8.Wanna Run (Kate Vigo)
9.What You Waiting For (Kate Vigo)
10.Spinning Out of Control (Kate Vigo)