Kate Lee (American Singer)
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Kate Lee American Singer
Kate Lee O'Connor
Kate Lee Gurnow[1]
BornWebster, New York
GenresCountry, Americana, Bluegrass, Folk, Adult Contemporary, Pop
Musician, singer, violinist, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Violin
LabelsRounder Records
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)[2] 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.[3]


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.[4]

O'Connor attended Webster Schroeder High School [5] 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.[6] 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.[7]Coming Home won the Grammy award for "Best Bluegrass Album" at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards in 2017.[8]

In 2009, she was a winner of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Search for a Star competition, and her original song, "On Your Way," was orchestrated by director Jeff Tyzik.[1][5][9][10][11]


  • 2016 O'Connor Band's Coming Home album with Rounder Records [7]
  • 2014 Wisewater's The Demonstration EP
  • 2013 A Lonely Lullaby EP
  • 2009 "When You Dream" single released for the Granting Dreams Foundation[12]
  • 2009 Kate Lee Live In Concert CD and Kate Lee Live On Stage DVD released featuring the live performance from PBS WXXI's television program, On Stage
  • 2008 On Your Way CD released, featuring seven original songs & one live track from the Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN[13]
  • 2007 "In the Mirror" single released for The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • 2007 Are We There Yet? EP released[14]


  1. ^ a b "Search for a Star Winners Make RPU Debuts". Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. May 8, 2009. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Are We There Yet?". Copyright Encyclopedia. Advameg. 2006-07-03. Retrieved .
  3. ^ http://shorefire.com/releases/entry/the-oconnor-bands-coming-home-debuts-no.-1-on-billboard-bluegrass-albums-ch
  4. ^ "Kate Lee Music Biography". KateLeeMusic.com.
  5. ^ a b Siegelman, K. (September 23, 2009). "Chance Meeting Inspires New Song". Webster Community News. Archived from the original on 2010-04-20. Retrieved . Kate Lee, a student at Webster Schroeder High School, ... performed one of her own compositions with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
  6. ^ http://nodepression.com/live-review/delighful-duo-wisewater-delivered-excellent-show/
  7. ^ a b http://nodepression.com/article/mark-oconnor-comes-home-oconnor-band/
  8. ^ http://theboot.com/oconnor-family-band-best-bluegrass-album-2017-grammy-awards/
  9. ^ "(Upstate New York Song Contest) Winners". Black Dog Recording Studios. August 28, 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-08-28.
  10. ^ "Symphony Showhouse 2008 - Special Events". Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. May 28, 2008. Retrieved .
  11. ^ "08-09 Guest Artist Information > Search for a Star 2 Soloists". Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Retrieved .
  12. ^ "Kate Lee Writes song for Granting Dreams". GrantingDreams.org.
  13. ^ "Kate Lee - With No Strings Attached". CD Baby.
  14. ^ "Kate Lee with No Strings Attached". Dynamic Music Store.

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