Kathleen Hart was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 11. She soaked up the vibrant, vital music coming out of the Motor City in the early 1960s including that of Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder and Motown artists like Gladys Knight. Likewise, the great women blues, R&B and rock singers of the era such as Maggie Bell, Bonnie Bramlett and Genya Raven also influenced her to just up and audition for a heavy metal band in 1968. She scored the gig but shortly thereafter ran off to Chicago for the siren call of the hardcore blues influenced by everyone from Koko Taylor to Muddy Waters, Denise LaSalle and Irma Thomas. She came back briefly to Detroit in 1972 to record the single “Syncopated Love” for Stag Records and later to join band alumnis of Bob Seger and Ted Nugent..
Always restless and wildly ambitious, Hart headed west, eventually ending up in the Northwest where she would form the acclaimed all-star revue Seattle Women in 1985. By that time her prodigious talents were being acknowledged with an amazing number of awards and in 1990 she released her Grammy-nominated debut solo album, Tonight I Want It All which brought her signing with the highly respected label, Biograph Records who facilitated management by Dick Waterman. After working with Bonnie Raitt and Son House, Mr. Waterman came out of retirement to work with Kate, bringing her to perform at SXSW at the legendary Antones. In 2000 she released the appropriately-titled Queen of the Night to raves along with the double Grammy-nominated rock album Lucy Mongrel featuring her alter ego.
Hart returned home to Detroit in 2003 where she quickly established herself as a singing force and convened the award-winning group Detroit Women, garnering 26 Detroit Music Awards along with her group and solo work being realized as two of the artists, who have influenced the Detroit music/scene in the last 100 years. Besides her numerous musical projects, she pursued acting and writing (her play We Are Not Good Girls toured to sell-out crowds) as well as entrepreneurship with a line of women’s products.
Recently, Kate has joined forces with Detroit guitar legend and Detroit Women alumni, Wayne Schoman, to create Schoman and Hart. Along with Wayne and Kate are keyboardist, Susie Woodman (Meatloaf, Question Mark and the Mysterians, Dick Wagner of Alice Cooper and Lou Reed Fame, Detroit Women), Bassists, Chris Brown or Jef Reynolds (depending on the booking or recording project) and Drummer/Percussionist, Daryl Pierce. These five musicians have come back together after working in the award winning group, Detroit Women, to feature their brand of Original Blues, Rock and Americana.