As many of us have seen or experienced in the past year, people deal with pain and loss differently. Songwriter, singer and guitarist Kate Schutt used her music to deal with the emotional rollercoaster she experienced while caring for her mother who suffered from ovarian cancer.
Kate wrote several songs along this painful journey. 13 of those songs make up her upcoming album, Bright Nowhere, poised to release on April 30th.
Kate recently released her single from the album, “Nothing I Won’t Bear,” a song she wrote to express to her mother how caring for her was in no way a burden.
Kate was her mother’s primary caregiver for five years. Prior to that, Kate was building her music career, having studied jazz guitar at Berklee College and won top songwriting honors from the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and ASCAP. She was on tour in Qatar when she heard the news of her mother having cancer.
After her mother’s passing, she brought on Emmy Award-winning producer/arranger Rob Mounsey to produce her new album. Mounsey also worked with Paul Simon, James Taylor, Michael Bublé, Rihanna, Madonna, Diana Krall and many others.
Kate’s new album, Bright Nowhere, is a gift to her mother and the culmination of their bittersweet journey together. Despite their subject matter, some of the tracks on the album are upbeat and even hopeful, such as “Nothing I Won’t Bear” and “Fight the Good Fight.” The lyrics are starkly honest and candid, as in “Mothers” and “Keep Her Out of Heaven.” Other songs are introspective and peaceful, as in “I Saw Death Arrive” and “Victory on the Road to Defeat.” Overall, the album is a beautiful depiction of a daughter’s love for her mother and the bond between them.
On Kate’s website, she writes: “I poured every ounce of myself into this music. It wrenched me to live the life that led to the writing of these songs. And the making of the album itself was a journey of determination, perseverance, and joy.”
Bright Nowhere is set to release on April 30th, in time for Mother’s Day 2021.