Kath Reade - Singer / Songwriter
"... goosebumps voice and genius songs ..."
Kath Reade ~ the story so far
I am on a Journey, a track from latest album Devotion to Song by Kath Reade, sums up the extraordinary life of this former NHS Chair turned full-time Singer-songwriter and sound healer, perfectly.
After a life devoted to helping and enriching others lives, Kath is now devoting herself to the songs and music she loves. Now calling the Lancashire landscape home, Kath Reade was born and raised in London, where she and her parents lived with her grandmother for much of her youth until they finally got a council flat of their own. Whilst there was always music and singing in the house, Kaths childhood was also marred by domestic abuse, which in later life would inspire, in her mothers memory, to help build the first purpose-built womens refuge in Burnley.
At 16 years old Kath got her first guitar, teaching herself to play the blues and the rocknroll she loved to hear on records, and developing a love of contemporary folk music. She wrote her first song at 17 and performed it at the legendary Herga Folk Club in Harrow in front of The Young Tradition and Al Stewart.
An early offer of a recording contract with Polydor was turned down when her father insisted she got an education instead. A university degree in Social Sciences followed, but Kath continued to play her songs in the folk clubs she loved to inhabit.
After gaining her degree, while travelling in Europe, she busked nightly in a bar in Rimini, Italy. There she met a group of radical young Italians who awoke her passion for justice, equality , and peace, and on her return to England she began her lifelong vow to make a difference, tackling poverty and deprivation.
Kath became a social worker in one of the toughest areas of Manchester, and proceeded to a post graduate teaching qualification. She lectured on child development and social policy, and taught Women and History to university undergraduates after gaining her MA in Womens Studies. All the while she was involved in community care, working as a music therapist with teenagers in trouble in deprived communities.
Still singing, she had met her husband Paul in a folk club,
and they now run a monthly folk club together (www.dobcrossfolk.co.uk).
Their son Shaun is a talented musician who studied jazz piano at Leeds College of Music, and is a therapeutic counsellor. His musicianship features on Kaths CDs as heard on Kaths YouTube video No Need to Talk.
Kath has had an amazing career at the frontline of social care, grown out of her love of community action, and empathy with those in struggle for a better life. She was the first woman leader of Burnley Council. While a board member on the North West Development Agency she spoke internationally on poverty and public health. She was Chair of an NHS Primary Care Trust (awarded Outstanding NHS Chair by the NHS Leadership Academy). However, by this point, Kath was ready for a change, and decided to concentrate full time on music, and her love of sound healing.
Endowed with an extraordinary voice and healing sensitivity, Kaths abilities are a gift for humanity. -Tim Wheater.
Kath says: I really enjoyed working in the NHS, but the time was right for me to put everything into music at last to follow the path of my heart which is always singing and writing songs.
With her album Devotion to Song reflecting her bold choice,
and following up 4 star (Maverick Magazine) album Passionate Nature, the future looks very
bright for Kath, as she devotes her time and talent to the music she loves.
© Kath Reade 2013