In 2008, Kathy Stock took a part-time job performing in a piano bar in Tallahassee, Florida. She had no idea that experience would launch her into a full-time music career. In 2011, she moved back home to Newfoundland & Labrador, where she continued making music, performing regularly at venues in and around the St. John’s area. In 2012, Kathy was asked to be the musical entertainment for the first TEDxStJohns. She composed/performed an original song entitled, “Overcome,” which paired beautifully with the evening’s theme about overcoming adversity.
In January 2-13, in the midst of gaining musical momentum, Kathy was diagnosed with stage two Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. It was then that she needed to push pause on her performing career to focus on recovery and being there for her two children. Thankfully, Kathy has been in remission since July 2013 and has regained her strength, both physically and professionally. Her song, “Overcome,” has transformed into a theme for cancer survivorship that she could not have anticipated. Kathy was honoured to perform her inspirational tune at The Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre’s Hope Ball, less than one year after her cancer diagnosis. She was joined by members of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, who played a remarkable score written by Mr. Brian Way. Later that same year, Kathy shared her story and song as the opening act for New York Times Best Selling Author, Gabrielle Bernstein. She has had the opportunity to perform, “Overcome,” for countless other events, programs, and cancer-related gatherings since that time.
As a song-writer, Kathy has written theme music for The Town of Torbay, The Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games and she was Mary Brown’s national jingle-writing competition winner in 2016.
As a performer, Kathy has shared her stories and songs on countless stages across Canada and the USA, but she says one of her favourite performances was at The Gathering Festival in Burlington, NL. “Shaun Majumder and all of the people at The Gathering were so incredibly down-to-earth and amazing to work with. Performing alongside artists like George Canyon, Rich Aucoin, and Steve Poltz was surreal. The food, the tunes, the scenery…it felt like a dream! I’m so grateful to have been a part of something so rich and rewarding, right here in my home province.”
As a professional public speaker, Kathy delivers inspiring messages about hope, courage, community and connection to an array of audiences. She combines but story and song to provide an inspiring and uplifting experience for her listeners.
Kathy’s debut album, Overcome, was released in September, 2019 and is available at http://www.kathystock.com or wherever digital music is streaming/sold.
Kathy Stock, performing, “The Parting Glass,” live at The Gathering in Burlington, NL.