Kate Cotter is a Reno native whose ethereal voice, poetic craftmanship, and off-beat sense of humor has earned her a loyal following. As the arts editor from the local weekly describes her: “It is the rare artist who can weave metaphor-rich lyrics, haunting vocals and catchy melodies into something that is neither self-serious nor sticky-sweet, something that falls on the indie side of pop and well-groomed side of folk.” Although reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, and at times drawing comparisons to Imogen Heap, Sarah McLachlan, and Dido, Cotter’s breathy voice has its own hypnotic charm.
Voted among the “Best Local Musicians” in Northern Nevada for 2006, 2007, and 2009, Cotter has won numerous prestigious awards and honors, including the Nevada Arts Council Fellowship and the Sierra Arts Foundation Performing Arts Grant. Cotter has shared the stage with a wide range of musicians, including Pat Benatar, Brett Dennen, folk legend John Gorka, and Seth Horan (formerly of Vertical Horizon). A nomad at heart, Cotter has toured nationally and internationally, often weaving the experiences of her travels into the texture of her music.
Her highly anticipated second and third albums, “August” and “Drink the Desert”, were both released to a packed house at John Ascuaga’s Celebrity Showroom, generating headlines such as “Nothing Hotter than Kate Cotter.” “August” earned the title of “Best Local Album” for Northern Nevada (2007) and Drink the Desert ranked #2 in the Reno Gazette Journal’s “Top Albums of the Year.’ August also ranked among KTHX’s (100.1 FM) “Top 100 albums in 2007.”
Cotter is currently recording material for her fourth album, “Shadowland,” due to be released Fall of 2016.