Steamboat Springs singer songwriter Kate Brady to headline Chief Theater Saturday |

Steamboat Springs singer songwriter Kate Brady to headline Chief Theater Saturday

Local singer-songwriter Kate Brady (known in town as Katie Ross) started her musical career in Steamboat Springs at St. Paul's Episcopal Church and through various performances at the high school. Known for the hit song "Sailing Ships," she is now one of five finalists in the Guitar Center's Singer-Songwriter competition and will compete next week in L.A. for a chance to work with Grammy award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid.

— To close out the Singer Songwriter Series, the Chief Theater welcomes a local singer with a career that seems poised to take off.

Earlier this month, Kate Brady, known in Steamboat as Katie Ross, was named the winner of the Guitar Center’s Singer Songwriter 5 Competition by Grammy award-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid following her performance — with four other finalists — at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

Brady will take the stage at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Chief to headline the final Singer Songwriter Series show. She will appear with local songwriter Shawn David Allen and a special guest who will appear during Brady's set.

"It's the whole deal with Kate," said Art Smith, who started the Singer Songwriter Series. "With her recent accomplishments and a promising career ahead of her, I think we are really lucky to get her at the Chief right now."

Brady’s career took off after she graduated from Steamboat Springs High School with her song "Sailing Ships," which went viral. She went on to make more connections in Denver and began a collaboration with Andy "Rok” Guerrero, a producer, songwriter and founding member of the Flobots. Guerrero has a solo project, "Andy Rok & The Real Deal," featuring Brady in a few songs.

The LA competition’s grand prize was the opportunity to record a four-song EP with Rechtshaid, who has worked with Usher, Diplo, Vampire Weekend, HAIM and more. Other prizes for the winner include a mentoring songwriting session with Dallas Green, of City and Colour, the chance to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and a $25,000 cash prize.

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She submitted "August," an original live music performance video, into the contest, which, along with the entries of 14,000 others, was ranked on its social media engagement and fan growth. After landing among the top-five finalists, Brady was invited to LA to perform.

After winning the competition, Brady said she is preparing to graduate, with honors, with a degree in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the spring. She then plans to move to LA to start working on the E.P. and her music career.

"I'm really excited, because it will be a collection of people I've gotten to know, from teachers and coaches, etc," Brady said. "They are the ones that watched me grow up and raised me."

She said she plans to perform a mix of old songs and new, some of which were inspired by her writing.

"Most of the people we book for the series are veteran performers," Smith said. "Kate is one with a new energy and excitement, and it will be a change of pace to have such a young, new performer like her coming home to a home town performance."

This is the second year for the series, and Smith said it has shown an increase in attendance and quality of the shows.

"The talent that we can book at the Chief depends on the audience we can draw," Smith said. "We are hoping to progress the series and continue attracting better and better talent each year."

Tickets for the performance are $15 and available at the Chief Theater or All That, 601 Lincoln Ave.

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If You Go…

What: Singer Songwriter Series presents: Kate Brady

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2

Where: Chief Theater, 813 Lincoln Ave.

Tickets: $15 sold at the Chief Theater or All That, 601 Lincoln Ave