Singer-songwriter Kate Schutt’s latest album is about her five-year journey caring for her mother while she was dying of cancer. We share the loss of a parent to cancer and talked about the grief that is happening during these isolated times.

Kate wrote a book about songwriting called The Ultimate Guide to Songwriting in which she shares how we all have a meaningful song within us and how to draw it out. For Kate, music has been a way to process and navigate hard moments in her life, and she hopes that by sharing this in song that it can be the conversation starter for others to connect.

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about her ties to Canada (05:30) and go on to discuss:

  • (12:30) Taking on a caregiver role
  • (19:30) Keeping music alive while caring for her mother
  • (26:40) Living in New York during the pandemic
  • (36:00) Using music to discuss grief and loss
  • (39:27) Her love of Tina Turner
  • (53:50) The battle with self-criticism


“Music and medicine are similar in a lot of ways.”
–Kate Schutt

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