Kate grew up to the sounds of the music of Broadway in New York City, during the era of the Beatles, Joni Mitchell and so many inspiring singer-songwriters. Drawn to Celtic music, she became very inspired by
Loreena McKennitt, the Canadian singer. Because of Loreena, she bought her first harp in 2001, and since has been using it, as well as her guitar, to accompany her singing. Her songwriting began by setting some poems by great poets like WB Yeats and Robert Frost to music. Then, in the past few years, political and environmental conditions in the US became so difficult, that she was compelled to write songs about it. She began writing about our skies, once wonderfully blue, and in recent years marred by the white streaks of geoengineering. This subject inspired two of her songs, “Bluer Than Blue” and “Up Up in the Sky.” She produced her first full-length album in January 2018. The title song “Acquainted With the Night” is from a poem by Robert Frost. It is a poem about the alienation many of us feel as we traverse this life. However her song “Mysterium” is about the peace that can come to us through reaching for the Divine. Kate lives in Northern, California with her husband Randall. She took the name ‘Magdalena’ inspired by Mary Magdalene, dear friend of Jesus.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Celtic Folk Pop; my sound is singer-songwriter with a groove. I write about political, environmental, and soulful topics.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
Magdalena comes from my love for Jesus. I have always been drawn to Mary Magdalene, and adore her name. It suddenly descended upon me, and I took it!
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Mary Travers, Julie Andrews, The Bigis, Loreena McKennitt, Mary Black
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I am working on putting together my band for gigs and touring. I am also beginning work on my next album.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
My ultimate goal is to bring my music to those who might love to hear it. I want to heal people through my music, to console them, and to awaken them to topics they might not be aware of, such as geoengineering and GMOs.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
I really like performing 'Acquainted With the Night" the title song on my album. I like it because I imagine it set in Spain or Brazil, myself out walking at the edge of town, the rapturous guitar sounds....
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
Not feeling that I am good enough earlier on in my life, not having the confidence when I was younger and should have done this long ago. Many other interests competed for my energy, such as raising my family. It is only now that I am in my early 60s that I release my first record! Fortunately my voice still sounds great. The biggest challenge is to find my way forward. I believe that I have a real gift, and I want to be able to offer it to the world. I do not want to become famous, but I wouldn't mind a little shining on my music, to get it to those people who would really appreciate it.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Songs seem to descend from above. A melody will literally 'plop' into my head, and then I might find just the right poem to set to that melody. Or I might write a lyric, and then the melody will come. It is very mysterious, and seems somewhat divinely inspired.....I do need to study songwriting, but have avoided doing so because I am afraid it might ruin my natural tendencies. I am also a poet, and have studied great poetry, so I speak the language of poetry and music.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Greatly. If it hadn't been for social media, I don't think I could have done this. Because I began writing about geoengineering (aka chemtrails), the social media community really went wild over my song Up Up in the Sky. It went sort of viral, and articles were written about it that carried the song across the world. It has been translated into French and German. Because of this success, I continued on. My largest exposure has been online through social media and also Reverbnation where my music has been number Two globally in folk for the past few months.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
I'm not sure what you mean. The tracks that I have published are all from my album of 15 songs. The great guitarist Nina Gerber played on 6 of my tracks.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I have been a school teacher, a music teacher, and a chaplain. I am still involved with some of these even now.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Stay true to the inspiration that comes to you in your heart and soul, and don't follow what others are doing. Make your own music, the music of your own soul.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?:
I would allow unsolicited artists to offer their work to major labels. I would somehow make it easier to find an agent, and to simply comprehend how to advance your career forward. I believe I have a really good sound, but it it difficult to get the right people to hear it.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I am really grateful that you are interested in my music, and for this opportunity to bring it forward through College Underground. You might want to know that this Friday I will be 62, which is a really unusual thing for someone my age to be releasing her first album of original tunes! Still my voice and my spirit are young.....Thank you so much, Kate Magdalena
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