Most artists who record their original music do so for various reasons. Some relate their life experiences, others to promote a point of view and still others just because they have something inside them screaming to get out. Kate Gromhowever had a different set of reasons and circumstances for the recording of her nine track release, “Heroine.”
“This album was inspired by a Nora Ephronquote which was, “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim,” said Grom with conviction. “I was going through a very difficult time in my life and I needed to be inspired so I moved around. I moved to Nashville, then London, New York City and then from New York to France; where I knew absolutely nobody. It was just me and a guitar but it’s a very freeing culture and it helped me center myself.”
Back home in the U.S, this lady from the Metro New York area went to work on the album and the release of a Christmas single, “All I Want forChristmas is You.”“I’d been searching for the right Christmas tune to cover. I wanted to hit rewind but in a classic timeless way and I heard MariahCarey’sversion of it and wanted to be authentic yet in my style so I went with it. This was a lot of fun to record and it’s Christmas so it’s fun; right?”
Grom plays both guitar and piano and says that she writes her music between both instruments; lyrics with her guitar and music on the piano. However, it’s her influences which when combined have produced her unique sound. “I was actually a classical music major in college,” she said with a slight tone of surprise as if she herself was unsure. “Transitioning from one style to another though was fairly easy and that’s thanks to my Uncle. I had a Woodstock attending uncle who’d pick me up from school and tell us stories about the festival but the best part was his actual knowledge of music and the things he taught me. Thanks to my Uncle Oz I heard a lot of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Led Zeppelin, America,Bruce Springsteen and the Joanie Mitchellsof the world. He opened up a whole world of things for me; I like Bob Dylanand when I went to Nashville I was inspired by blue grass music. I may never have been so open to so many things had it not been for Uncle Oz and when he passed away it was a great loss for all of us but he left me things I’ll remember forever.”
Being an artist with classic influences is no easy task in this day and age of the copy and paste, perfect sounding pop music world but Kate is not worried about being lost in the shuffle; she feels that if one is willing to search a bit, finding quality is only a click away. “So much today, I feel that the market is, I hesitate to say; oversaturated. I don’t think that the authenticity of recordings are as strong as they were with the availability of the internet. I think it’s harder to find full length records that are quality but they are out there; there’s just a lot more to sift through before you find them. I do believe that the internet has also allowed for some great music to be created but for me it is just more of a search to find what I like.”
These influences have also created a great mix of music; one that cannot be defined or slipped into a genre as the record is very much, “Old School;” as in that it has style not repetition. All of the songs sound like Kate Grom but none sound the same and in today’s age of cookie cutter efforts, it is very refreshing. Even her version of, “All I Want for Christmas is You”is done in her own fabulous style complete with hand percussion and real instrumentation.
So what is in store for this talented siren with the enchanting voice? “I had one more show in 2017 and now I’m going to take a break,” she said with a laugh. “I am going to start writing again; I’ve been touring for about two years and I need a break so that I can get creative again.”
Danny Coleman(Danny Coleman is a veteran musician and writer from central New Jersey. He hosts a weekly radio program entitled “Rock On Radio” airing Sunday evenings at 10 p.m. EST on multiple internet radio outlets where he features indie/original bands and solo artists.)