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Rapid Fire Round: Amanda Kate

California Cowgirl Amanda Kate is making a splash in her home community of Orange County, California and beyond with her debut album, Time. With a true blue country sound and strong, heartfelt lyrics, Kate chronicles the passage of time in our lives and what it means for love and loss in her new LP. On her website Kate remarks, “The reason I named this album TIME was because the word itself has been following me for the last few years. My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer 2 years ago and It felt like my whole world came crashing down and in that moment you become so aware of TIME. My mom is more than just my mom, she’s my best friend, my songwriting partner, my riding partner…my everything. When you are faced with a limit of TIME you realize that there is no TIME like the present and you have to take advantage of everyday. I decided that I wanted to never give up on my dream. I want my mom to see how her music can change peoples lives. I want her to know Ill never give up. Music has always been such a huge part of my life but this time it was more than just my dream, this was about my mom. Giving her songs have a voice. When the cancer took her vocal cords I promised her no matter what happens I would always sing her songs, I will always help your songs fly. This album is for you mommy. I love you!”

Kate sat down with us to do a Rapid Fire Round Interview, and we’re so glad she did! You can find Kate on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter  to keep up with her new music and shows, and you can stream her debut album Time now!

If you were a musical instrument, which one would you be?
Piano

If you could choose one person, alive or not, to play a concert with, who would it be and why?
Elvis, my mom met Elvis when she was working with Dean Martin and said his energy was so magnetic that it was something she had never experienced before. She said it was almost like he wasn’t real. I would love the opportunity to share a stage with a legend like that.

What is your favorite meal (something you can only get in a certain state, a home cooked meal only your mama has been able to perfect, or a hole in the wall dish that you get every time you’re home)?
Any Mexican food. Being from California our Mexican food is THE best so when I travel I always miss authentic Mexican food.

When was the first time you felt like you made it in the industry?
I felt like I made it as a musician when I was able to quit my day job and do music fulltime. For some, they may not consider that “making it” but for me, I may never be a household name but in my eyes, I’m doing what I love and providing for my family so I made it 🙂

Which of your songs gets the best crowd response?

Velvet Leather Tough or Gypsy because they are both really fun and about my life so people get an inside look at who I am through the lyrics.

Did you have a musical mentor when you got started? What is the most important thing they taught you?
My mom has been a singer-songwriter and entertainer my whole life. She taught me when I was very young that I needed to work twice as hard as everyone else. She told me that having a good voice wasn’t enough, always stay true to who you are even when it’s not popular.

Where do you turn for inspiration or comfort when life in the industry gets overwhelming?

I always turn to God and prayer. When I’m overwhelmed I pray and remember that God is in control.

What’s the one song (from any artist) you wish you had written or sung first?
Whiskey Lullaby

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be? A horse trainer probably.  

Who would you choose to play you in a movie of your life? Probably Kristen Bell, she loves comedy but she can also sing and act!

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