Kathleen Hazel Wilson (Kate Wilson) is a professional and qualified singer/songwriter from Pretoria South Africa with a licentiate in performance (vocals) from RockSchool and a grade 8 in musical theory and composition from Trinity College.
She is best known for her live shows (The Dark Side of Rock) on Second Life - an online platform where she is currently booked weekly. Each performance is a blend of cover tunes and original material in a variety of genres including rock, ballads, opera, musical theatre and symphonic metal. She also broadcasts one show a week, live to ENT SL Radio.
Her current projects include creating new music of her own, multiple and continuous collaborations with musicians from across the globe as well as working on her YouTube Channel where she posts cover videos, original material, competition entries and vlogs on a monthly basis.
Kate started her musical career in 2011 in a fairly successful college band. Managing, composing and singing for the band led Kate to being play-listed on local radio, featured in VOWfm's top 10 South African bands as well as being in the top 9 South African bands during Hard Rock Rising 2014. The band's only music video also aired during the 99th episode of MK on DSTV.
Kate states she's inspired by many genres including rock, metal, alternative, pop, classical and musicals. Her favourite composers at the moment include Danny Elfman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hans Zimmer and Mozart. She is also influenced by many artists including Amy Lee, Adele, Sarah Brightman, Sharon den Adel, Taylor Momsen, Björk, Paula Cole, Demi Lovato and many more.
Growing up in a musical and artistic family meant that Kate was encouraged to start singing at a very early age. She took part in various school productions from the age of 3 and was part of the school choir throughout her education.
Besides singing Kate enjoyed Ballroom and Latin American dancing from the age of 10 and competed in the 2007 and 2010 World Pro-Am Championships. She completed her silver qualification in 2010 and though Kate enjoys dancing for fun, she has been focussed more on singing and music since leaving school.