“Cathy Kent is a great singer…she doesn't just sing a song,
she feels it and makes you feel it too."
— Steve Seskin, Hit Songwriter, Performer
“Grown Men Don't Cry” and “Don’t Laugh at Me”

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Cathy Kent

There are a great many good singers in the world. There are only a few who possess that magical quality to deeply move a listener. Cathy Kent is one of those.

Born under the creamy Northwestern Wisconsin summer sky, Cathy was the second of four children. She spent her earliest years listening to her father play and sing with friends on the farmhouse front porch, often falling asleep to the country rhythm of steel strings and crooning voices.

At five years old, Cathy began stealing into a storage room to experiment with the keys of an old piano long left idle under gathering dust. She would explore the sounds of her imagination brought to life in the ear of a child through worn ivory.

Cathy wrote her first composition at age nine. “Timber Goes the Old Oak Tree,” Cathy recalls, “that was my first song. I was moved by the cutting down of a cherished tree in the front yard. I can understand now why the tree was removed, but at that time, all I could think was that this 200-year old tree had been taken down because the folks were afraid it could fall and hurt someone. At nine, that just didn’t seem right to me. For some reason, in some way, I saw life gone where there once stood this grandness and glory.”

As Cathy and her sisters began developing their own musical interests and natural talents, Cathy’s mother, Eleanor Kent, began showing them off at club meetings and family gatherings. “We were three, five, and seven. I remember the first time we sang out in public. It was at a women’s club. I didn’t understand why all the fuss over us three girls, it didn’t seem like a big deal, but we made our mother happy and that mattered a lot.” Cathy and her sisters, Cristy and Terry, continued to engage their mother’s pride and pleasure whenever the opportunity presented itself. It seemed a natural transition that the sisters would eventually coalesce into a more formal group of musicians.

At fourteen, Cathy was encouraged by her mother to learn the steel guitar. Her sisters were given the challenge of learning the bass and drums. Cathy’s father, Mr. Lowell Kent, brought his guitar skills into the mix along with a few other family members to form the group “Shades of Country.” The band began performing at wedding receptions and small-town festivals. Under the continued direction of Mrs. Kent, the group eventually saw themselves place well in state competitions.

As Cathy reached fifteen-years old, Shades of Country began playing clubs and honky-tonks while the surrounding communities began to favor them as the dance band of choice. About this time, Cathy was becoming more interested in writing and creating her own sound. Opportunities to try out her own compositions grew as the band matured, but it wasn’t until Cathy was in her early 20s that she produced her first album in a local recording studio. “The thing was, the folks who produced this album wanted to push it,” says Cathy. “I was scared, too scared to push it at that time. We were just small-town country farmers. While I was intrigued by all the things I saw out there in the world, there was so much I didn’t know.”

The band eventually played out and after taking a few years off, Cathy began feeling that passion to create and perform again. She gathered her sisters back together and formed a new group called “The Kent Sisters.” Performing lots of originals, the group went back to working things out in the studio as well as the stage. “This was about the time I started coming to Nashville,” says Cathy. “I began taking writing workshops and performing small showcases in Nashville with my sisters and my father.”

Cathy continued making the trek to Nashville to network and hone her writing skills over the next several years while the family group back home emerged into more of a family variety act to include the three sister’s own children at this point. The small-town Wisconsin show attracted tours and Branson-style audiences from as far away as the west coast. Cathy became passionate about the family performances, continually pushing to garner the praise of perfection itself.

Eventually, the family act fell to the side as Cathy became more and more involved with the demands of Nashville. “I was meeting the right people right here and this was the land of opportunity,” remembers Cathy. “I was being encouraged by the people I admired who had already made a name for themselves. This was where I felt I needed to be.”

One of Cathy’s supporters, Claudia Young, insisted that Cathy join a writer’s cruise booked through Nashville Songwriters Association International. “Claudia knew this would be a turning point for me, and she was right. I got to know my former teachers and mentors as friends and peers and this was where I met Cheryl Ashton, my good friend and creative partner.” states Cathy.

Cathy and Cheryl began working together consistently through the next several years—writing as a team and pitching their work at every opportunity. Together, they have gained some critical acclaim on the Nashville circuit and have recently begun working with Janet Fisher, a publisher and label centered in Los Angeles, California.

Recent accomplishments include an NBC contract for “Ride the Wind,” a song written by Cathy Kent and Cheryl Ashton that has been picked up for the 2008 Summer Olympics as well as the launch of Goodnight Kiss Music’s artist album project. “We have lot’s of songs signed with publishers. We also have two songs currently being played in the Christian radio market,” says Cathy. “Everyday, we look forward to what we might hear next. We’ve got a lot of stuff out there for consideration.”

Cathy is now looking forward to the release of her next project while she continues to write with Cheryl Ashton as well as her new writing and performing partner, David Gordon. “We’ve got some exciting concepts in the works,” says Cathy. “I’m reaching new levels of personal accomplishment and I’m being creatively challenged every day. There are some surprises on the horizon that I can’t wait to share.”

Cathy Kent can be contacted through Goodnight Kiss Music in Los Angeles at 831 479-9993, or by visiting www.myspace.com/morbettamusic.

 “Cathy Kent is a great singer…she doesn't just sing a song,
she feels it and makes you feel it too."
— Steve Seskin, Hit Songwriter, Performer
“Grown Men Don't Cry” and “Don’t Laugh at Me”

David Gordon Tygart

Cathy Kent and David Gordon began writing and performing together in March of 2008. With long and diverse backgrounds as writers and performers, together they have discovered a blended sound that seems at once familiar and new in a genre of rock/pop with a sprinkle of country influence.

Currently, Cathy and David are writing and performing Nashville area venues while producing a weekly show called The 8 o’clock Show. The weekly showcase presents performing singer-songwriters of varying experience and degrees of accomplishment.

Cathy and David are also in the midst of creating their first album for release this fall. The CD is being recording in their home studio in Kingston Springs and will consist of five songs, one of them being hit songwriter Steve Seskin’s “Warm Wind.” Once the initial CD is completed, Ms. Kent and Mr. Gordon plan on releasing a series of additional singles into the marketplace.

Cathy Kent began playing the piano about the age of five. As a child she would sing with her sisters at club meetings and family gatherings. At fourteen, Cathy was encouraged by her mother to learn the steel guitar. She performed at wedding receptions, small-town festivals, state competitions, and eventually, clubs and honky-tonks with her family group “Shades of Country.” Later, she performed with her sisters in a Vegas-style variety show as “The Sistars.”

Recently, “Ride the Wind,” a song written by Cathy Kent and Cheryl Ashton was picked up for the 2008 Summer Olympics. Cathy and Cheryl also have songs currently being played in the Christian radio market. Goodnight Kiss Music in Los Angeles picked up Cathy Kent’s rendition of “How Great Thou Art” for a Christian compilation CD in 2008.

David started singing in church with his mother about the age of six. His first musical instrument was a harmonica that he bought from paper route proceeds in his mid-teens. At 18 years old, he purchased his first guitar. In his 20s, he moved to Southern California, performing as a heavy-metal singer in some of the famous Hollywood and Orange County clubs under the eye of Niji Management of Studio City, California. In the mid-90s David went solo and returned to playing guitar.

Cathy and David continue to reach for significance in their art while sharing the journey with their home-communities and beyond through sight, sound, hope, and faith.

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