Since entering the vibrant music scene in her hometown of St. John’s in 2012, multi- instrumentalist and songwriter Kat McLevey has become one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most prestigious singer/songwriters. McLevey's latest release, Evergrown, has launched her critical acclaim beyond the province, collecting top-5 chart placements on campus and community radio stations across the country, as well as spins on nationally broadcasted radio shows such as CBC’s Radio 2 Morning Show, Deep Roots, Q the Music, and The Strombo Show.
According to Newfoundland’s alternative newspaper, The Overcast, McLevey has “lived up to her promise and eclipsed it” with her debut LP, Evergrown, which delivers a sophisticated, spare, highly controlled and moody sound that leaves a mark on its listeners. Since its release, the record has earned McLevey two MusicNL Awards for Female Artist of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year, an East Coast Music Award nomination for Rising Star Recording of the Year, and a coveted spot on The Overcast’s triple-juried shortlist for the Borealis Music Prize.
The very next day after releasing Evergrown to a sold out audience at the Resource Centre for the Arts LSPU Hall, McLevey moved to Boston, MA to pursue her Bachelor of Music at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music. There she studies Jazz Composition with a minor in Recording and Production for Musicians. While obviously different from her background as a singer/songwriter, McLevey has found unity in her musical identity through her study of Jazz Composition and does not see these two contrasting worlds as separate identities. Instead, McLevey is eagerly diving in to the technical, harmonic, and historical tradition of Jazz to become a better expresser of the art form she is most passionate about - music.
As well, McLevey has become an active member of the American Roots Music Program at Berklee, taking lessons with renowned Boston-area country blues guitarist and singer Paul Rishell, partaking in multiple Roots Roadshow showcases, and representing Berklee with her bluegrass band Willow Down at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Fresh Grass Festival.
McLevey has also remained an active bass player (electric and upright) in the Berklee community, playing in numerous student recitals, participating in studio recording sessions, and rehearsing with various student-led bands. Her membership in the highly acclaimed Berklee Bass Department has brought her the opportunity to hear and learn in person from some of the most accomplished bass players in the world, including Leland Sklar, Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, John Clayton, and more.
Set to graduate in the Spring of 2019, McLevey will continue to put a pause on the rigorous live performance schedule she had become acquainted to, while not losing a single a beat in her musical development.