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Astoria, NY
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Raised in a rural Nebraska town with an entire population of 160 people, Kathy Zimmer grew up singing folk music with a musical family. She learned guitar at an early age and accompanied herself as she sang for church services and various small town gigs, including rodeos, parades and county fairs.

Determined to travel the length of Nebraska State Highway 2 in order to experience the rest of the world, Kathy Zimmer's winding road of musical explorations eventually led her to classical music. With that layer of influence she now creates music she calls "cosmopolitan folk"--music that is sophisticated yet naïve, polished yet quirky. "Cosmopolitan folk" ends up sounding reminiscent of the days when female singer/songwriters were at the height of their creative powers (think 1970s folk-pop warblers Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and Laura Nyro.)

Kathy Zimmer is astonished to wake up every morning and find herself now a resident of New York City. She performs often with her two backup singers, the Sugar Bowls, and her band, the Sunshine Banned. She has independently released three albums, all to critical acclaim--Under Your Spell, dreamin' and Spare Key (produced by Julian Velard). She is a featured artist on