AWARDS: Won Best Folk Artist by Detroit Music Awards in 2000 and nominated for 5 awards; nominated every year since. (not sure “by” Detroit Music Awards best way to say this)
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Raving reviews, for two CDs released while under contract with Times Beach Records in 2003, appeared in Hour Detroit, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Metro-Times, Real Detroit Weekly, Time-Out NY, NME, and Harp Magazine.
“Kubat is an iconoclastic songwriter: her methods of composition and articulation are unlike anybody else’s on the scene…Million Year Old Sand is a rare recording; it exists in a vacuum as far as popular music is concerned, but it does so willingly, by articulating with grace and aplomb those hidden places that defy easy categorization, easy placement, or easy sentiment…This may appear to be a self-reflective album, but in reality, is an offering of stark and beautiful reality that possesses enough experience and aspiration to be shared, as well as felt.” – Thom Jurek, All Music Guide
Nationally acclaimed poet, Blair, volunteered to write Audra Kubat’s bio and here is what he had to say, “Audra Kubat is a force of nature; a strong wind that blows past and transcends fads; a flower that's blossomed from coffeehouse gigs into larger theater and festival performances. Audra wears her influences—Joni, Miles, Billie, and Nick Drake like a coat of many colors rewoven into a ‘ruggedly pretty’ and haunting style all her own. It's a talent that's earned her a loyal following, air-time, stellar reviews in local and national press and 10 Detroit Music Awards nominations including a win for Outstanding Folk Artist 2001. Audra's played Detroit's best venues, as well as gigs in galleries and bars from Chicago to New York to Tennessee and back. Forces, by definition, move. Audra's force is centrifugal, spinning out from its singer/songwriter center into a myriad of other talents.”
DISCOGRAPHY: 1999-self-titled (what is the actual title), 2000-“Elixir” and 2003-“Untitled for Now” and “Since I Fell in Love with the Music”. Currently working on a new CD to be released in 2012.
COLLABORATIVE WORKS: Co-taught music classes at Detroit Public (name of school) Elementary School with David Blair as part of the Inside Out Project. (List other works.)
EDUCATION: Pursued Bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Art History and concentration in Music and Find Arts at WSU. In 2010 postponed completion of remaining 3-4 classes to focus on singer songwriter career.
PERFORMANCES: Live performances (how to say my) music and lyrics in various venues throughout Detroit Metropolitan area such as: Cliff Bells, Trinity Church, Campus Markus, Detroit Festival of the Arts, Detroit Tastefest, Arts, Eats and Beats, Dally in the Alley, Ferndale Art Fair, Hamtramck Blow-Out, Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Ark and Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. Live performances in venues outside the area such as Mackinaw Island, New York, Texas, Kentucky, Ohio and Canada. Performed live on radio shows such as WDET , 89 x Homeboy Show, Mitch Albom Show on WJR and the River. Live television appearances include programs such as Backstage Pass/PBS, Crystal’s Motown Café and the Detroit Counsel of the Arts Presents An Evening with Singer Songwriter Audra Kubat. Composed music for independent films, “The Death of Michael Smith”, “In-Zero”, surfing documentary “High Surf”. Scored music for local theater productions at The Players Club, Cliff Bells, the Zeitgeist Theater, 1515 Broadway and the Abreact Theater.
TEACHING OPPORTUNITIES: Taught writing, performing and technical proficiency to young musician at the nationally recognized Paul Green’s School of Rock in Rochester, Michigan. Teaches music gratis (singing, piano, guitar) to neighborhood young inner city children, including 5-6 year olds at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Contracted with Inside Out Project to teach music classes at Detroit Public (name of school) Elementary beginning in March 2012.
You are one of the most gifted and talented artists I know. Every time I hear "I'm Not Coming Home" I'm still amazed that you played almost every single instrument in that song (and you know that the ending blows me away even more, lol)! I'm proud of having produced an entire one hour TV special on you to share with the world so they can experience your incredible music. You are an awesome talent with a wonderful spirit.
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