Vocalist and musician Kate Morison was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and began vocal training during junior high school, studying throughout high school and college in the Pacific Northwest. Performing in competitions for classical vocal music, she placed among the top vocalists in the State of Oregon and won many awards, including the coveted National Arion Award for Music. After living in Walla Walla, Washington, for more than 20 years, she moved to Portland, Oregon, and co-founded Kate & The Crocodiles with Gavin Bondy and Craig Bidondo, as well as her indie pop/jazz-based trio with bassist Dave Captein and drummer Brent Follis. She plays and teaches baritone ukulele, tenor guitar and tenor banjo.

Kate’s sings with noteworthy warmth, grace, wit, and intimacy, performing often as an invited guest soloist with myriad groups—most recently including Pink Martini, as a guest vocalist alongside Ari Shapiro, Edna Vazquez and The VonTrapps in performances with the Utah Symphony. Portland Chamber Orchestra and Walla Walla Symphony Conductor Yaacov Bergman describes Kate as a vocalist with, “A sense of musicality and intonation that is impeccable. I love the color of her voice.”

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