When Kate Rogers sings “There’s no saying where the wind gonna take you/so I prepare myself for the worst,” on her new song “Contender”, she could very well be talking about the path her music career has taken her. From a small town Ontario where she studied classical voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music, to being lauded by the oft fickle UK music press for her work as a singer, songwriter in her own right, as well as being a featured contributor to others’ projects, the winds have taken Rogers just about everywhere an aspiring musician would want to go. And when the worst thing that could happen did (her label Grand Central Records closed up shop), Rogers found herself back home in Canada, ready for yet another adventure.
Along with forming the Kate Rogers Band, she’s worked with the likes of Sunparlour Players, The Hatchetmen, The Coast, and Indoor Voices, and is now getting set to independently release Repeat Repeat in February, an album she says is more about setting boundaries rather than crossing borders. “I’ve never been good at removing myself when I care about someone,” she says, adding, “I just hit a point where I realized I had to fundamentally change something about myself in order to be less affected by other people’s pain and problems. Every song on Repeat Repeat I’ve written while trying to break that cycle.”
On the strength of the song “Contender”, it looks like Rogers has let the winds of change take her to some place rather special this time out. If all goes according to plans, Repeat Repeat will take Kate Rogers Band across Canada this year as well.
Jim Di Gioia – Jan 14 2013