Melissa Kate Project
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Melissa Kate Project

Buffalo, New York, United States | INDIE

Buffalo, New York, United States | INDIE
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"CD Release"

A blend of R&B, jazz and an easy listening groove accompany the powerful, emotionally honest vocals of Melissa Kate and make her new album, Blind Faith, a smooth and memorable introduction into the world of recorded music for Melissa. This talented Buffalo native has returned from NYC to release her debut album, which she'll celebrate at... the historic Colored Musician's Club, alongside award-winning local musician, Flick Williams. --Kat Brady - Artvoice


"Melissa Kate, Blind Faith"


Local singer Melissa Kate has a new CD titled Blind Faith. Known for her work with Van Taylor she steps out on her own here for a mix of funky soul, blues and jazz. Check out the funky strut on the title cut with nice sax work from Flick Williams. “Midnight Blue”, “Stand Up Step Out” and “I Found Someone” stand out as well. The only drawback is the use of drum machines instead of real drums on some tracks giving the songs a slightly unfinished demo feel. For more information go to www.melissakate.net

- Bob Silvestri, Bestofwny.com


"Buffalo Rising Online"

The next up-and-coming jazz and blues artist with a little bit of soul can be heard on “Blind Faith” by Melissa Kate. Van Taylor, Flick Williams and Melissa Kate through TMI International produced this 8 track solo debut. Recorded at Pharoah studios through Van Taylor Production, this compilation showcases various renowned artists.
Melissa studied Barbershop, Classical, Opera and Musical Theatre. She was trained classically by Mr. Robert Wells and studied with Mr. Amuso who provided her with the basics of Jazz. Melissa became engulfed in the NYC Jazz scene and has performed at the World Trade Center, Swing 46, Pops Is Tops, the American Lindy Hop Championships, and at Louie Armstrong’s house.
Melissa Kate is an international vocalist and began her artistic development with the award winning Taylor Made Jazz through Van Taylor Production. She is a powerhouse in Jazz, Blues, R&B and pop. Melissa now performs with The George Scott Big Band, travels internationally with Taylor Made Jazz, and has now come into her own with The Melissa Kate Project. Melissa has performed for the Armed Forces Entertainment, The Langston Hughes Institute, the M&T Plaza Concert series and the Buffalo Music Awards and continues to enlighten crowds internationally.
Melissa gives thanks to the musicians who have helped her artistically and support her such as: Van Taylor ~ keyboards/lyricist/production/manager ~ Walter Kemp III ~ keyboards ~ Jerry Livingston, Jerry Sampson and Richie Valentino on bass ~ Jeff Nixon, Ron Walker, David Comtois and Nelson Thomas on guitar ~ Will Holton on Sax ~ Mike Crimes and Tim Webb on percussion and Flick Williams ~ vocals/keyboards.
A jazzy blues backbeat is apparent on the title track, “Blind Faith.” Sultry vocals rise with percussion and bass keeping time behind her with the addition of horns. “Midnight Blue” is upbeat with traces of 80’s discotheque to get you up and dancing. Her lyrics are in depth, her presence shining and her vocal range is to be envied. Accompanied by The Melissa Kate Project, this CD is a must for all music aficionados.
Melissa Kate can be found at: www.melissakate.net and grab her solo debut at: www.cdbaby.com/cd/melissakate. I had the pleasure of experiencing Melissa Kate at the Tralf as a member of Taylor Made Jazz as she belted out vocals with a stage presence that invites you in like a warm embrace. Melissa is a positive light in this world and continues to support charitable causes. The George Scott Big Band with Melissa Kate will be at the Performing Arts High School on May 19th.
I suggest you do not miss this. She is a star, following shadows . . . trying to see her way to the light.
- Susan Marie


Discography

Albums:
Blind Faith, 2006
"Midnight Blue"
"Blind Faith"
"What Intangible"
"Soulmate"
"Stand Up, Step Out"
"More Than Mean"
"I Found Someone"
Kissed by Kate, 2009
"Just My Luck"
"It's Only Love"
"Midnight Snack"
"Time"
"Messy"
"After the Affair"
"Consecuencia Del Amor"
"Phoenix"
"Western Jewel"
"Let Sunshine In (Just a Little Bit)"

Singles:
"Prayer for a Christmas Eve", 2007

Compilations:
Taylor Made Jazz Christmas Album
This Gift is for You, Christmas album for Autism

DVDs:
Kissed by Kate: Live at Allen Hall

All of the above songs have received radio airplay, internet streaming, podcasts across the globe.
Including: WBFO 88.7, WBNY 91.3, WUFO 1080 AM, Alooga Media, and in Germany, Australia, London and Japan.

Songs are available as well through I-tunes, on CDbaby.com, and you can preview them at myspace.com/mksong.

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Bio

Melissa Kate is an international vocalist, published songwriter, entertainer, trained stage and voice-actress, fiction writer, children's educator and highly demanded teaching artist.

"Great music, something for everyone!"
-Curtis Lee, Host WUFO 1080AM RhythmandBluesrevue.com

"Great stage presence and a vocal range to be envied"-Susan Marie, Host ThinktwiceRadio.com WNLO23 TV

Venues include:

NYC: The World Trade Center, Swing 46, Windows on the World, Pops Is Tops! At Louis Armstrong’s house, American Lindy Hop Championships, Rodeo Bar, Le Bar Bat, Lush

Buffalo, NY: The historic Colored Musicians Club, Langston Hughes Institute, The Tralf Café, The Town Ballroom, Seneca Niagara Casinos, Central Terminal, M&T Plaza concert series, Buffalo Music Awards (2 years) and the world-famous Anchor Bar.

International: Armed Forces Entertainment in—Turkey, Egpyt, Italy, Spain, Hawaii, Alaska, The Marshall Islands, Portugal, the Azores and Guam.

Band options include:
DCMK: Jazz Duo/Trio
Classic jazz standards and gorgeous ballads, perfect for dinner hours, romantic evenings and best when in front of intimate audiences.

Melissa Kate Project
4-8 piece band, funky soul, jazz and blues. Original music, engaging and get-up-and-clap-your-hands performance. Always professional, very classy.

Associations with:
The George Scott Big Band
Taylor Made Jazz

CDs include: Blind Faith, original music by Melissa, produced by TM International, Publicity Demo for rap-artist T-Nice, and several CDs under the Yalloppin Hounds collection.

More information is detailed at her website: www.MelissaKate.net
and you can see video of some performances at Youtube.com (search Melissa Kate).

Please call 716-992-7367 or email melquerto@yahoo.com
for a paper press kit and demo CD.

Personal Bio:
She started writing songs while studying musical theater, but was very quickly enlisted in the jazz bands, jazz quartets and finally engulged in the NYC jazz scene. She recorded on three albums with the hip-hop/swing band The Yalloppin Hounds, and was transformed from a blossoming coloratura soprano into a deep and soulful jazz vocalist.

Her work brought her to the international band Taylor Made Jazz. Under their strict instruction, she began touring the world armed with powerful R&B, Pop and Blues songs. The servicemen and women stationed across the globe were introduced to her unique style of songwriting-- an eclectic mix of pop hooks with intuitive lyrics and a jazz soul, with great success!

Overseas, she began to master the skills of entertaining audiences, and was proudly dubbed a singer of "Sultry Cabaret Blues".

She is committed to organizations such as The Hunger Project (empowering people to a sustainable end of hunger), Artfully Aware (re-awakening the possibilities of art for global communities), and for a quickly growing list of local philanthropic groups.

She sings regularly with The George Scott Big Band, a 15-piece big band, that regularly features Melissa as their sole vocalist.

Melissa is currently in the States, writing music for two more CDs, recording voiceovers,and completing writing a one-woman play. She is the founder of The Benched Players, a troupe of improvisers intent on engaging the creative minds of youth, and a favorite Teaching Artist of the Young Audiences of WNY.

We look forward to hearing from you!!