Interviews for Kathy Watson:
Kathy Watson is most known for
her musical diversity. Having studied music for over 20
years she holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in operatic
performance. Her song writing and interpretive style are
heavily influenced by her background in musical theater, gospel,
opera, and pop music. She has most recently been seen as a
soloist at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
as well as at the MBSTIA music industry showcase, the Cutting Edge
music industry showcase and the POPKOMM stage in Cologne, Germany
and have most recently received air play on the Armed Forces Radio
Network, Europe.. Miss Watson has worked with Robert Case
and New Pants Publishing since 1998 where they have released two
albums, "Kathy Watson" and "Romancin' the
Blues". Both albums have earned placing on the 42nd
Grammy Entry List in 2000 1) General Field , Category 4 , Best New
Artist Listing #507, 2) General Field , Category 2 , Album Of the
Year Listing #851 3) Field 1 - Pop , Category 11 , Best Pop Album
Listing #190 and the 44th Grammy Entry List in 2002 1)Category 2 -
Album of the Year Listing #526 2) Category 12 - Best Pop Vocal
Listing #154 Her CDs are available on line at www.CDBaby.com
From Ute Pass Courier-May 23, 2001
Kathy Watson to perform Saturday
by Pat Hill, Courier Staff
Sitting in her office in Washington DC, Kathy Watson exudes enthusiasm. With the pending release of her second CD, a soaring career
and a successful marriage, Watson's voice hints at her mood. "I'm doing great!" she said. On Saturday Woodland Park's songbird return to
the nest to share the new release in a concert at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. Titled "Romancin' the Blues" the all-acoustic
recording is a mixture of Watson's original songs as well as a potpourri of jazz, gospel and musical theater. Watson, a 1992 graduate of
Woodland Park High School, leads a multi-faceted life, one that reflects her natural exuberance, the well-springs of her artistry. With a
Grammy entry list nomination behind her and several projects coming up, Watson's star is on the rise. A semi-finalist in Ed McMahon's
"The Next Big Star" search, Watson's name also appears in the June 16 issue of Billboard magazine. With the release this fall of a third
CD, this one full of classical music written during her time as a graduate student, Watson credits her mentor and musical publisher,
Robert Case, of the New Pants label, for her continued success. "It's so much fun to be able to do these things. I've been given so much
flexibility by Rob," she said. "Truly, I'm so lucky." A collaborative effort among a variety of distribution companies and NewPants.com
shines another spotlight on Watson's music. "So my hands are full right now," she said. Watson and her husband, Jeff, plan to be in the
DC are for at least four years while he attends medical school at Georgetown. In the meantime, she continues to work as a quality
assurance inspector for Logicon, which arranged transfer for a singer on the move. "Remember, it's just a plane ride away so it's simple to
get back, to go where we need to go," she said, referring to her
association with the New Pants label. Watson will appear at p.m. on
Saturday, May 26 at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center near the intersection of Dale and Cascade streets. The concert is free and
open to the public. For more information call Robert Case at New Pants Records, (719) 632-0227
Peak View Newspaper Article
Dec. 6-12, 2000
By Pat Hill
"Watson scores on
Grammy entry list".
Kathy Watson has rhythm - toe-stomping, finger-snapping rhythm. Indeed,
her first CD has just been nominated for the Grammy entry list in three categories, Best
Pop Album, Album of the Year and Best New Artist.
Watson, a 1992 graduate of Woodland Park High School, is scheduled to appear in Woodland
Park from 2:15 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec 10 at the Littlestar Lodge during the Holiday Home
Reached at her home in Colorado Springs, Watson offered an update on the past year and a
half, a time filled with academia, studio recordings and that delicious feeling of
Watson is effusive about the nomination and life in general. Weve gotten great
response from the album, she said.
Highlighted in three national trade music magazines, Watson, whose CD titled Kathy
Watson, was interviewed on several Colorado television and radio stations. In
September she was invited to perform at the Cutting Edge Music Conference in New Orleans.
In addition to her recording success, she recently earned a masters degree in music
from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Watsons latest venture, a CD to be released in January, combines classical music and
That project came about out of my long history of singing classical music and my
love affair with that genre, Watson said. My roots are really in gospel music
and musical theater and jazz, so we combined the two.
Watson, raised in Woodland Park, describes herself as a product of Morton Dicksons
music program at the high school.
I also worked closely with the late Marta Dickson in solo and ensemble competitions,
and in the musical theater program every year, she said.
Watson attributes her professional achievement to Robert Case, owner of New pants
Publishing in Colorado Springs.
Rob gave me my first break, Watson said. He has created all these
opportunities for me. It was pure luck that he opened my demo package.
In an industry tough to break into, Watson credits Case for his vision and flexibility.
Rob has a firm belief in artist development, which is something the record industry
is missing today, she said. From being a young and brand new songwriter,
hes given me the opportunities I need to become better and grow in my craft.
Watson wrote all but one of the songs on the CD which is available online at
www.newpants.com and at Media Play.
When she isnt recording or writing songs, she and her husband, Jeff, direct and
organize the Air Force Academy Chamber Ensemble. She also performs in area churches and
can be contacted through New Pants Publishing at 632-0227.
graduate cuts first CD".
Cripple Creek/Woodland Park News
Aug. 12, 1999
By Pat Hill
Homecoming for Kathy Watson means sharing her music and introducing her first CD to the
public. In a free concert in Colorado Springs on Friday, Aug 13, Watson offers
a sneak preview of the work titled "Kathy Watson."
A 1992 graduate of Woodland Park High School, Watson is a prot�g� of the schools
district's music programs. " I started out in 6th grade Brian Leatherman's music
class," Watson said in a telephone conversation from Urbana-Champaign, where she
attends the University of Illinois. In high school Watson studied under
Lucinda Reed, art director for the school musicals, and Marta and Morton Dickson,
musical directors. She was a Madrigal singer and one of Ladies Ensemble. After
High Watson earned a degree in vocal performance from the University of Northern Colorado
and is currently enrolled in a master's degree program in music.
Last year Watson signed a contract with New Pants Publishing in Colorado Springs.
The CD became available to the public on Aug.16th, 1999. It is currently available
at Media Play as well as the publishing office located at 102 E. Pikes Peak Ave. Suite
"The music is original except for one tune I've remade," Watson said.
Influenced by the lyrics of Sarah McLachlan and the vocal quality of Celine Dion,
Watson's tunes are a combination of the two, she said. "My subjects are drawn
from people in my life and their experiences," she said. "My songs are
about relationships, love, loss and overcoming struggle."
Now that the album is about to be released, Watson is feeling a variety of emotions.
"This is something that I've worked very hard for," she said.
"I was very fortunate to have had Rob Case and the people at New Pants
Publishing. They have supported me and given me opportunities to record."
Watson's parents, Eileen and Richard Conway, live in Woodland Park, Co. Her brother
Brian, 30, also a WPHS graduate, lives in Loveland. "Woodland Park is still
home to me." Watson said.
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