Katie Gill: - Vocals, guitar, ukulele, banjo and kazoo
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!
Nancy Harvin: - Vocals, bass, spoons, harmonica, uke--and kazoo, too!
Nancy was born in South Carolina on the banks of Pocotaligo Swamp. She began singing for an audience at the age of 8 in the Manning Presbyterian Church. Her vocal harmony training began with junior choir director Barbara Jean Poe, followed by five years of study with alto supremo Eva DuRant in the big girl choir.
Amy Blackburn: - Vocals, violin, mandolin, viola, percussion and of course, kazoo
Amy Blackburn was trained as a classical violinist and played violin and viola in the New Mexico Symphony in the late Pleistocene. She started a BA degree in music at UNM but wandered off to California in the middle of a semester with a cute guitar player. She played in several country and western swing bands in the 1970s and '80s, and she has played with the Celtic Fringe in Socorro for many years.
In the late '80s, she took a little break from professional music to actually finish a BS degree and to make some money for a change, writing computer manuals and designing user interfaces for Hewlett-Packard. (Really, what happened is she followed another man to California.) The little break from professional music lasted about 15 years. When she moved back to New Mexico in 1998, the man followed her this time. They got married and lived happily ever after until death did them part in 2008.
Over the first decade or so back in New Mexico, Amy's income went steadily down with each new career choice. She worked as a programmer/analyst for PNM, she taught bilingual science and math at Ernie Pyle Middle School, and she taught remedial math at UNM. The biggest pay cut was yet to come, when she would joyfully and gratefully return to the music scene.
One day in 2007, Amy decided to go to the Albuquerque Folk Festival. She thought she would bring her fiddle, then she thought she wouldn't, then she thought she would, then she thought she wouldn't, then she did. This changed her life. She signed up for the “band scramble,” where you put your name and instrument in a hat, and volunteers arrange the names into bands. One of the members of Amy's impromptu band was Katie Gill of the Buckarettes. It was love at first sight. Amy was invited to jam with the Buckarettes. Sensing that this was an important opportunity, she listened to their CDs and crammed over the next week so as not to make too big a fool of herself on stage. She was deeply honored to be inducted into the Buckarettes as a permanent member.
In the same series of fortuitous events, Amy was playing at the governor's mansion with the Buckarettes one night when Margaret Armstrong of Mariachi Azteca asked if she would be interested in playing in a mariachi band. Sure! (More cramming.) Several weeks later she passed the audition and is now a permanent member of Mariachi Azteca.
Amy's latest musical endeavor is the exciting new trio, Jeez LaWeez, with Katie Gill and Nancy Harvin. Each having paid her dues in her own way, these three women are now doing whatever they want, from original songs to covers of the Beatles, the Talking Heads, and Elvis Costello.
JeeZ LaWeeZ - The Trio
We can proudly proclaim that one of the songs, "No Mo", on our debut album, won Best of the Year in the category of Novelty/Humorous--what else?--at the New Mexico Mic Awards this past May! Miss Nancy Harvin and her alter ego "Swamp Girl" wrote this genius and most-requested piece of hilarity as an answer to her very proper Southern upbringing. She also wrote another award-winning song (also on our debut album) that won Best Music Video of 2012 called "Little White Lies". Click on the Youtube button at the top of the page and it will take you right there! We've received over 3,000 hits and we promise it will tickle your funny bone over and over again!