The annual LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition, now in its ninth year, will take place at Spring LEAF Retreat, in Black Mountain, N.C., on Saturday, May 13, 2023. Eight singer-songwriters have been selected from across the country to showcase, compete, and network at the competition.
KATE PRASCHER (Highland, NY)
Kate Prascher is a Tennessee-born, Hudson Valley-based singer and multi-intrumentalist who writes evocative original songs with an “intangible vintage feel” – Ink 19
NewSong Music: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
Kate Prascher: Kate Prascher’s songs are invisible and sometimes tender, by turns playful and heart-piercing. Audiences will hear Kate’s “delicate and expressive singing” – Ink 19 and experience an evocative mix of Americana, bluegrass and folk.
What is the first album you bought, and why?
As a preteen, I was up late one summer night and saw Iris Dement perform “My Life” on Conan O’Brien’s show. It affected me deeply and I was driven to Borders in the next few days to buy the album.
What is one influence on your music that might surprise us?
I really love the Cranberries! Like most folks, especially in these hyper-connected days, I listen to a little of everything.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am almost finished with my first full length solo album. Started back in October 2022 and excited to bring that project into the world.