Kate Melvina is a singer/pianist/composer and the vocalist, writer, producer and keyboardist for Tendavillage.
Their debut single EP, which Torontos iLiveRadio praised as “Criminally slept on” and a “Future classic” was featured on many online platforms and radio stations all over the world, featured a song that charted on the iTunes RnB chart in France and has since amassed an enthusiastic fanbase. Following the release of their debut single “Ralph Wiggum”, Tendavillage has been receiving rave reviews, including one from Atwood Magazine which described it as "a song that exists on a plane of involuntary stank face”.
The central creative force behind the group is Kate, who writes, produces and edits all the music herself. Many of her influences can be heard throughout, including acts like Stevie Wonder (Kate's hero since she was 15), Prince, D’Angelo and newer artists like Mononeon and Moonchild.
Kate was raised in a family of musicians and was surrounded by jazz at an early age. As a child, she quickly became a proficient classical pianist, winning awards in competitions like the Kiwanis Festival and wrote her first song at age 9. In her teen years, she discovered her passion for old soul music and became completely encompassed by it. Her main idol was and will always be Stevie Wonder. For the past 10+ years Kate has established herself in the Calgary music scene as a regular singer at the Fairmont Palliser/Banff Springs Hotel as well as playing at numerous popular festivals such as the Lilac Festival and Block Heater.
PAST AND UPCOMING SHOWS
Alvin's Jazz Club - solo
every thursday, friday and saturday - 5pm to 6pm
ONE BIG JAM VIGNETTES - Tendavillage
april 10th, national music centre - 1pm
EAST TOWN GET DOWN FESTIVAL - Tendavillage
LILAC FESTIVAL - Tendavillage
june 5th - 2pm to 3pm