Kathleen Tracy is a composer, performer, choir director, and teacher in Seattle, Washington. She writes songs about the beauty and the mystery of the world, works as a “musical instigator,” conducting choirs, inspiring her students, leading workshops, and performing solo and with others throughout the Seattle area.
Kathleen started playing guitar and writing songs in her teenage years. In the late 70’s she began performing in clubs, colleges and at festivals throughout the Northwest before meeting up with songwriters Linda Severt and Cyd Smith to form the folk/rock trio The Modern Fabrics in the late 80’s. The Fabs performed together for a couple of years on the fringes of the Seattle grunge movement, playing in such iconic clubs as The OK Hotel.
In the late ‘90s Kathleen took a job as a part-time church music director for the Rainier Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation while continuing to write, record and perform her music, both solo and with others. During her ten year music director stint she began writing and arranging music for choirs. A number of her compositions have and continue to be performed throughout the country.
From there Kathleen went on to found the Columbia City Community and Family Chorus in 2008. Her composition and arranging skills were sought out by Freya Wormus for her site specific dance Home in 2013. In 2014, Kathleen wrote the music for Ellen Cooper’s modern day re-write of Robin Hood, performed by Anything is Possible Theatre.
In 2014 Kathleen joined with Arni Adler and Jean Mann to form the ukulele vocal trio The Blue Janes. The Janes perform around the Seattle area, and their first CD is due out in early 2017.
Kathleen has released five independently produced recordings, most recently Thursday Morning Alleleu (2016). In addition to writing and performing she directs the Columbia City Community and Family Chorus, teaches privately and leads workshops.
Her songwriting is superb, her poetry an oasis. – Seattle diva Laura Love
Kathleen Tracy has a way of getting to the core of her emotions and weaving together lyrical and sonic landscapes that convey joy and sorrow in profound and meaningful ways. – CDBaby review