AUDRA KUBAT

Audra Kubat is a Detroit born singer-songwriter. Self-taught, Kubat began composing music on the piano at the age of 8. In her teens she started putting words to the music. Teaching herself to play the guitar, she began performing in local coffeehouses. In 1999, she formed the band Stunning Amazon, and in November of that year released a self-titled album. The band became locally successful and the CD paved the way towards bigger shows and media appearances.

 

Kubat was nominated in 2000 for five Detroit Music Awards, winning one for Best Folk Artist; recorded another win in 2015 for Best Americana Instrumentalist; and has received nominations every year since. Kubat continued to perform solo and wrote new material, releasing her first solo effort, Elixir. This led to signing a record deal with Times Beach Records, with whom she recorded two national records – Million Year Old Sand in 2004 and Since I Fell in Love With the Music in 2006.

 

Currently, Kubat is teaching songwriting as a part of InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a local arts organization that helps place artists in classrooms to share, teach, and help inspire. She also works with Living Arts Detroit where she teaches science through music and movement and works with pre-k students in collaboration with the national organization Wolf Trap. In addition, Kubat is a songwriting tutor at Detroit Institute for Music Education (DIME), a music college where she instructs young songwriters to hone their craft and develop storytelling strategies. In 2019 she released her most recent CD, The Silver & the Salve.