Kate Lee O'Connor
|Kate Lee Gurnow|
|Born||Webster, New York|
|Genres||Country, Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Adult Contemporary, Pop|
|Musician, singer, violinist, songwriter|
|O'Connor Band, Forrest O'Connor, Wisewater, Mark O'Connor|
Kate Lee O'Connor (b. Kate Lee Gurnow on September 27, 1992 in Webster, New York) is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, fiddler. She is currently a co-lead singer, writer, and instrumentalist for the country bluegrass band, O'Connor Band, whose album, Coming Home, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart in August 2016.
O'Connor started playing violin at age nine. Her teachers exposed her to both classical and Americana fiddle music. At age eleven she was asked by Jack Metzger from the Fiddlers of the Genessee to form a group with him, "Kate Lee with No Strings Attached" in which she sang, played violin, and eventually performed her own original material. The band roster included Chuck Boda, Ben Ford, and John Irvine.
O'Connor attended Webster Schroeder High School  and graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University in 2014. Soon after, she began touring with singer-songwriter Forrest O'Connor as a duo called Wisewater. In 2015, she founded the O'Connor Band with Forrest, Mark O'Connor, and Maggie O'Connor, and their album on Rounder Records, Coming Home, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums chart.Coming Home won the Grammy award for "Best Bluegrass Album" at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017.
Kate Lee, a student at Webster Schroeder High School, ... performed one of her own compositions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra