Katie Gill grew up in Roswell, NM Graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales with a Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance emphasis. She has lived in Albuquerque for the past three decades, performing in hotels, restaurants, nightclubs, art fairs, private parties, etc. Her unique and versatile voice spans folk, pop, country, rock, and jazz. She works as a soloist, accompanying herself on the guitar, as well as being involved in numerous groups and bands playing a variety of genres. Her voice has been heard on jingles for radio and TV throughout the United States. In 1999, she appeared with Susan Clark at the Kerrville Folk Festival Main Stage in Kerrville, Texas. Her formal vocal/classical training has allowed her to appear in both opera and light opera productions in New York City and in New Mexico. Katie has performed all over New Mexico with a children's opera company, Opera Unlimited, bringing both music appreciation and education to elementary age children in a fun and creative format. She has been seen on local public television stations (KNME & Channel 27) and appeared on a TV pilot of the Scott Connor Show performing her original music. She appears on several you tube videos as well--six of them with JeeZ LaWeeZ!
Katie has one CD out entitled "All in Good Time". It has a variety of styles ranging from pop-rock to Indie. The title song was bestowed the honor of Best Musical Production in the Adult Contemporary category in the 1996 New Mexico MIC awards. In 1999 she received another award in the same category with the song "The Painter", which is on her forthcoming album. Her creative song writing abilities emerged in high school and since then she has gained numerous awards for her singing and writing talents. A big feather in her cap was competing her way up to representing New Mexico in the annual National Wrangler Country Starsearch held in Nashville, Tennessee and nationally televised in 1982.
Katie is a member of the Buckarettes, who have been heard "around the world" on radio stations in Germany, France, England, Ireland, Australia, Japan and all over the U.S. Their three CD's "The Buckarettes", "Snow Angels" and "Cowgirl Serenade" have all gotten world wide attention, winning awards and receiving positive acclaim from DJ"s who love "spinning" their songs on their playsists. Katie has had her hands in helping produce all three albums and has original songs on each of them. They perform in concert and dance venues in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, receiving rave reviews wherever they go.
Teaching private voice and guitar lessons is an important part of Katie's life. She also teaches harmony and music theory as well. Some of her students have gone on to teach and perform and share the wonderful gift of music. Nancy Harvin is a shining example of that!
JeeZ LaWeeZ is Katie's newest venture and she's loving every minute of rehearsing with the other gals and helping the group get established and "on the road". They are inspiring her to go beyond the guitar and add ukulele, banjo and bring back the world famous kazoo into her repertoire of instruments to give the group a wide variety of sonorities. The energy of this new group is going to knock the socks off of everyone who experiences them!