Brisbane City Council offers monthly free shows for its citizens, which are always wonderfully attended.
Cate Shaw’s singing talent masters a fresh combination of Latin style, a serving of contemporary, a pinch of blues, and jazz numbers for good measure.
Cate has previously recorded for the ABC in Sydney, doing radio work with Radio National and ABC FM radio, her voice featuring in various radio serials. She worked with Armstrong’s Studios and was a session singer, performing with artists of the caliber of Rick Springfield and Robbie Porter.
Cate has been singing all her life, her talent developed early as one half of a duo with her brother, Thomas Fitzgerald. At sixteen she was offered a part in the musical ‘Hair’ with Marcia Hines. Life commitments put Cate’s singing career on hold until a sudden realisation that she needed music back in her life, and in keeping with her motto ‘Wake up! Don’t take your dreams to your grave’, she woke up.
Cate’s band Latin Blue was formed. Their debut CD was recorded with Garry Smith of Pinkhouse Productions & in December 2005, they played their first gig at Sofi´s Lobby lounge at the Sofitel Hotel. Return performances soon followed the successful launch.
In 2005 Cate featured in the vocals of ‘Shower Songs’ a sound art work created for ABC Radio National and more recently April 2009 in national program “Peggy’s hothouse”. She has performed both solo & with her band Latin Blue at venues throughout Brisbane, including The Press Club, The Brisbane Sebel, The Bank (formerly Belushi’s), with Ian Maurice at The Samford Jazz Festival, Maggie Black’s Jazz Bar and The Brisbane Jazz Club. She has also performed at many private functions.
The successful combination that began Cate’s career was reunited in 2008, with Thomas Fitzgerald, producing Cate’s recording of a vocal version of one of his compositions ‘Chika’. ‘Chika’ was released on Itunes and CD Baby in April, 2008. December 2008 Cate’s vocal version of “Chika” won a highly commended judges award in the national Musicoz song competition out of 5000 entries.
Cate has been featured on the cover of “That’s Life “ national magazine, magazine articles and many radio interviews. Her music is played on local and national abc radio, triple J and 4 zzz.