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by Kate Callahan

A voice for the hopeful, these songs will elevate the heart and soothe the soul!
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Wildflower
3:32 $0.99
2. To Make You Feel My Love
4:16 $0.99
3. Sing
3:41 $0.99
4. Love's Rebels
3:48 $0.99
5. Look for the Good
3:15 $0.99
6. Connecticut Roads
4:10 $0.99
7. Love Rings Out
3:18 $0.99
8. Rowboat
2:14 $0.99
9. Good Friends
2:28 $0.99
10. Fountain
3:03 $0.99
11. Hallelujah (Live)
4:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
A soulful and optimistic folk performer, Kate Callahan is Connecticut’s 16th State Troubadour. While serving her two year honor (2016-18), she has spoken out about the stigma of mental illness, developed a vocal empowerment program for women inmates at York Prison in Niantic, CT and launched a successful crowdfunding campaign in support of her newest album, "Triumph." Noel Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) says Kate’s songs are “Zen-like” and the Boston Globe praises her, saying “Kate has garnered an appreciative audience with her easygoing vibe and inspirational, at times mystical lyrics." Here are Kate's inside thoughts about the songs on "Triumph."

1. Wildflower - Wildflowers grow in abundance, even out of barren or rocky soil and in places that you think wouldn’t be possible. This song is inspired by a friend, who much like a wildflower, gives and gives despite her hard life. It is an uplifting song written to celebrate the courage and resilience of women in difficult circumstances.

2. Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan) - This is one of my favorite songs to sing. A heartfelt and penetrating rendition, I often close my shows by singing Make You Feel My Love. The act of playing music for people is romantic in itself. I want my audiences to know how much I love them.

3. Sing (Kristen Graves & K. Callahan) - I wrote Sing with fellow Connecticut State Troubadour Kristen Graves. We debuted this joyful song for our folk community at the North Eastern Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) in 2017. Written over Skype, we wanted to celebrate the power and relevancy of the folk singer.

4. Love’s Rebels - After the 2016 presidential election, I took to my keyboard to cope with rise of fear-based rhetoric here in the U.S.. Love’s Rebels is about breaking down the rules of fear in favor of the rules of love: tolerance, compassion and benevolent power.

5. Look For The Good - This song embodies the spirit of the whole album. It’s triumphant! I wrote this for the City of Hartford, Connecticut on the inaugural Look for the Good Day in 2015. It inspires the break-down of walls and barriers and is sung as a rallying cry for Hartford and places like it.

6. Connecticut Roads - I took a personal approach to writing a universal song about my home, Connecticut. Connecticut Roads was my audition piece for the CT State Troubadour application. I was given the position in 2016 and have played this song hundreds of times during my tenure. It’s about appreciating what’s in your backyard and realizing that home is the greenest pasture after all.

7. Love Rings Out - Over the two years I’ve served as Connecticut’s State Troubadour, I’ve experienced what it means to be a voice for a large body of people. One of my duties was to gift a song to the parents who lost children in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. While writing Love Rings Out I imagined being a voice for those parents and for all of the people in the U.S. who grieve unimaginable loss. This song is an uplifting and powerful national anthem.

8. Rowboat - While touring, I bought a ukulele in Maine and wrote a song really quickly to play at a show that same night. In hindsight, I loved the uke part to my first uke song, but I didn’t love the lyrics. So, I scrapped them and shortly after wrote Rowboat, a song about the transformative fire of unconditional love.

9. Good Friends - I turned 40 last year and realized something about myself: it takes me a long time to make a friend. On this milestone birthday I was looking around at my life and taking stock of the people who had hung in there with me and felt they deserved a song. As I say in the song, my friends change the rain into drops of champagne.

10. Fountain - I wanted to open my mind and see what the spirit of music would say to me as a songwriter. This hypnotic song takes its cue from the practice of ancient eastern mantra, a repetitive guitar line with a mystical message on top.

11. Hallelujah - My trio and I were asked to sing Hallelujah at a Unitarian Universalist church service. We wanted to revitalize the song with a three-part harmony arrangement. Our collaborative efforts brought something both sacred and triumphant that audiences have been praising ever since: well worth a listen!



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