Kate Magdalena - 10 Questions Music Interview
Updated: Sep 28
Kate Magdalena is an independent singer-songwriter out of the San Francisco Bay Area, whose songs have been aired on country radio nationally. Most at home in folk-pop and adult contemporary, she calls her genre ‘Timely Americana’, as she is inspired to write for the particular times in which we live. Kate was selected by BWH Music (Boston) as one of 2020 Women to Watch: Best Female Independent Artists, and her recent album “The Water Is Wide” was just nominated for the 2020 W.A.M. Awards category of Best Album in the Adult Contemporary genre. The album, released in August 2020, contains 9 songs of water and land.
In November of 2019, Magdalena released her second album of songs, with Grammy nominated producer Billy Smiley (Johnny Cash, WhiteHeart, Clay Aiken) titled “A Larger Dance” with singles – Be the Lark, New Earth, Battle Hymn, Streets of Any Town. The full album includes songs by Leonard Cohen, Sinead O’Connor, and Crosby, Stills & Nash The title track “A Larger Dance” was chosen by BWH Music as one of the best songs of 2019. Kate’s first album “Acquainted With the Night” was released in 2018 and contains the song “United (to Save the World)” (featured in the album “Peace Street” by BWH Music. Kate is at work on an EP for Christmas time, and on her album expected spring 2021, “CANYONLANDS.” She lives happily ever after with her husband Randall in Northern, CA and Franklin, TN.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I have been musical always, but I didn't think I could write music, until I tried. The catalyst was feeling that it was time, and was just a natural form of expression for me, though strangely since Covid began, I haven't been inspired to write much, and hoping to get back into it now!
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
The craziest thing? Maybe just getting nominated for Best Album in the WAM Awards! And also getting invited to come to Nashville after writing my first album in order to attend "The OBJECTIVE" an incredible gathering for Christian artists. There I met my beloved producer Billy Smiley, and am so grateful for that day!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Writing the next song.... Getting to work with the best out there....Billy Smiley, and the studio musicians that he brings together for my recordings in Nashville. I can't even tell you what a thrill it is to record there!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I pray. That's it -- it's all about connecting with God. He is the writer; I just take notes.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Recognition. A bridge to cross from being an indie to being taken seriously even if you don't have a recording contract. There is very little money in it today, and it costs so much for the artist. Still, it's worth it to be able to be an artist today, but there has to be a form of sustaining this for the independent artist. The financial framework must be reconfigured.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Judy Collins. Because I adore her, and she inspired me as a girl.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Tough. I haven't rehearsed in a while since Covid, but my musical partner David holds a strict schedule for rehearsal which helps me get it all down. I hope to be performing again soon!
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
This next one....I've got it started and I love it. But I have been so downtrodden with what is going on in our world, that I find it hard right now to write. The song is called "Green Upon Green." It's about Ireland and my dream of Ireland.
What's coming up in the future?
A Christmas EP, and new album for next year half done. Hoping to return to Nashville before years end to work on it.
Tell us where fans can access your music?