Kate Bollinger grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her mother was a music therapist, and her two older brothers played in local bands. As a child, she sang in the Ash Lawn Opera every summer and began writing songs. In 2011, her brother Will recorded a song of hers, and she uploaded it to SoundCloud. From then on, she made primitive home recordings, which she released online and burned to CDs for her friends. In high school, she spent two summers studying songwriting at Young Writers Workshop and played her first show opening for her former songwriting teacher, Gene Osborne. Serendipitously, the other act on the bill was her all-time favorite band, Philly-based, The Extraordinaires. They kept in touch, and she went to Philadelphia the following year to record her first EP, Key West, with The Extraordinaires as her backing band. By college, while studying poetry and cinematography, she continued to self-release folk-pop songs to the attention of The New York Times and NPR. After years of playing and recording in solitude, Bollinger formed a band to record her EP, I Don’t Wanna Lose, followed by the 2020 EP, A word becomes a sound. She made her Ghostly International debut in 2022 with Look at it in the Light, a six-song collection that saw her building out the project’s sound and visual scope, including a series of collaborative music videos. Since moving to Los Angeles, Bollinger has split time between recording new material, contributing to friends’ projects (Drugdealer, Paul Cherry), and touring (with Faye Webster, Tennis, and others). She’s released several standalone singles through 2023 and continues to tour as her debut album takes shape.
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Stereogum Review: Kate Bollinger’s ‘Grey Skies’
By James Rettig [Stereogum] Kate Bollinger is a musician based out of Charlottesville, VA who has a handful of songs to her name so far, including last year’s I Don’t Wanna Lose EP. She makes languid, indistinct pop songs that would fit in nicely alongside Men I Trust or early TOPS. Today, she’s sharing a new song from her […]
How Kate Bollinger’s Musical Upbringing Influenced Her Insightful Indie Pop
[NPR] By STEPHEN KALLAO / KIMBERLY JUNOD Kate Bollinger writes smart, melodic indie pop music. It makes for easy listening, but there’s real insight in her lyrics. Dig deeper and you’ll discover a thoughtful songwriter coming into her own. The University of Virginia senior grew up surrounded by music, thanks to her mom, who works […]
Kate Bollinger’s Genre-Fluid Portraits Of Reality
[Vinyl Me Please] By Pranav Trewn We tend to lose our sense of imagination as we get older, a functional decline we mourn among the many sacrifices of growing up. But this loss is, at least in part, due to having less of a need for it over time. We learn language before we’ve lived its […]
Watch Kate Bollinger Live at Paste Studio NYC!
Watch Kate Bollinger live at Paste Studio NYC! More sessions and interviews here: https://www.pastemagazine.com/studio Audio: Bob Mallory Video: Brad Wagner