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Kate Prascher holding a mandolin. April 28th, 2023

Meet LEAF Songwriter Competition Finalist Kate Prascher

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 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.