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 ever TEDx St. John’s. She composed/performed an original song entitled, Overcome, which paired beautifully with the evening’s theme about overcoming adversity.
In January 2013, 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 career and focus on recovery while raising 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 since 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 in 2014, 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 conductor, 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 at the Holy Heart Theatre. She has had the opportunity to perform, Overcome, for countless other events, programs, and survivorship-related gatherings since that time.
As a song-writer, Kathy has written and recorded theme music for The Town of Torbay, The Newfoundland and Labrador Summer Games, and Mary Brown’s restaurant. 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 both story and song to provide an inspiring and uplifting experience for her listeners.
Kathy’s debut album, Overcome, was released in September, 2019 but a promotional tour has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In spite of that set back, Kathy was awarded the distinction of “Inspiration Artist of the Year” in 2020 with MusicNL. Kathy will be hitting the road in 2022 during Newfoundland and Labrador’s ‘Come Home Year’ for her long-awaited Overcome release tour. Her award-winning album is available at http://www.kathystock.com, Fred’s Records (in downtown St. John’s) and wherever digital music is streaming/sold.
Kathy regularly performs in and around the St. John’s area. For the latest information on shows and new music, check out http://www.kathystock.com or follow Kathy on Facebook, Tik Tok, and Instagram at @kathystockmusic.
Kathy Stock, performing, “The Parting Glass,” live at The Gathering in Burlington, NL.