After the Silence, a Star is Born - Singer/Songwriter Kathryn Keats, Formerly Known as Ellen Christian Munger, Resurfaces from Hiding to Reclaim Her Voice

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Fifteen years have passed since singer/songwriter Kathryn Keats stepped off the stage at the height of her career to protect her life. Today, the period she spent looking over her shoulder has ended. Kathryn Keats is back to reclaim her voice with the upcoming release of her CD Â?Going Home,Â? tour, and to license her music, pursuing the career that had been put on hold, not altogether silenced.

During her ascent as a composer and singer, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music/Herbert Berghoff trained performer boasted a list of notable credits – “The Tree People,” “Rocky Horror,” winner of a Critics Circle Award for her performance in Michael Smuin’s “Curse of The Werewolf,” recorded with artists such as Gunnar Madsen, Denny Yaeger, Rosie Gaines and Olan Jones. Kathryn Keats career was then cut off; death threats forced her into hiding after being held captive and escaping from her then lover, a prominent figure in the music industry.

Tenacity, talent and infectious exuberance and charisma define Kathryn Keats today. She is not one to lament the loss of time. She has spent these last fifteen years behind the scenes of stardom, packaging and developing films with her business partner, Mark Monroe, owner of Progressive Associated Artists, Inc. Monroe is a renowned director whose talent has brought him to direct at The Kennedy Center, Radio Music Hall, The Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center.

Kathryn embraces this opportunity to reclaim her voice, her writing and her dream. Her lyrics and voice are soulful, powerfully poetic; palpable stories told of loss, and through that loss the ability to maintain and reclaim one’s joy and strength.

Keats, on her first live show in fifteen years at The Knitting Factory, Hollywood on January 6th describes her moment, “Coming back to do my first live performance, knowing I was safe, was an intensely emotional and precious experience. Working with my director, Mark Monroe, allowed me to focus on letting our audience live vicariously through my experiences. The most beautiful aspect about doing the show was that, for the first time in many years, I was not afraid. I was thankful for another chance at a creative life. I have a voice. I can write. I can perform. I am now free to do so.”

Her break-out CD is being recorded at Coast Studios in San Francisco and Los Angeles and features the production and musical arrangements of Pete Sears, engineering and mastering by Paul Stubblebine. Musicians adding their golden touches are Pete Sears, Darryl Anger, Barry Sless, Jerry Cortez, Steve Evans, Paul Revelli, Lorin and Chris Rowan and Roy Tyler & New Directions and Adam Blau. John Fulton and Ann Carlin have added their compositions, with Mark Monroe directing.

Kathryn Keats’ terrifying true-life story that culminated in a grueling five week jury trial, is slated to be penned in 2005.

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