About Kate Hearne
Kate Hearne is a 19-year-old performing songwriter who also happens to be an ace lead guitarist. The Winnsboro, Texas, high school senior picked up the guitar during spring break of her 8th grade year, and hasn't put it down since.
The daughter of performing songwriter Lindy Hearne (cofounder of Crossroads Coffeehouse, a weekly live music venue in Winnsboro), Kate Hearne grew up surrounded by songwriters and guitars. In her younger years though, she refused to have anything to do with music making. Then one day when no one was looking or listening she made the fateful choice, picked up a guitar, and discovered a new way to express herself.
With the added guidance of famed guitar instructor John DeFoore of Mineola, Texas (a la Michelle Shocked, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Adam Carroll to namedrop a few former students), Kate takes her songwriting and guitar studies seriously. She's making a name for herself as a professional lead guitarist. As a solo artist, Kate Hearne has opened for Adler & Hearne, The Dreamsicles, Denice Franke, Terri Hendrix, Malcolm Holcombe, Kacey Musgraves and Pauline Reese. Kate was one of 12 semi-finalists in the 20th Annual B.W. Stevenson Memorial Singer Songwriting competition (April 2008), which is hosted at Poor David's Pub in Dallas, Texas.
Kate never misses an opportunity to learn from the musicians she meets, and often gets invited up to play with those who headline the Crossroads Coffeehouse stage. Though she hasn't yet announced the school of her choice, Kate plans to continue her musical pursuits as a college freshman in the fall of 2009.