Kate Simmonds began leading worship after visiting the revival in Brownsville, Pensacola, Florida in 1997 and encountering God in a powerful way. In 1998 she began leading worship for thousands gathered at Stoneleigh Bible Week, as well as other major UK events such as the Newfrontiers International Leadership conferences (hosted by Terry Virgo), Spring Harvest, and Mission:Worship, Kingsway Music’s annual worship conference.
Kate has released four solo albums ‘One day’ (Integrity Music, 2000), Heart and Soul and Redemption Songs (2002, 2005 Kingsway Music) and ‘Grace’ (2011 – see below) as well as appearing on over a dozen live worship albums from Stoneleigh Bible Week, Spring Harvest and Newfrontiers conferences, and numerous compilation albums. Kate has performed many outreach gospel concerts with stellar UK musicians, including Mark Edwards, Ben Castle, Kevan Frost and Matt Weeks. Kate also held numerous vocal training days throughout the UK as well as others in Northern Ireland and the USA.
Formerly based at Church of Christ the King (CCK) in Brighton, England, alongside Stuart Townend, Paul Oakley and Lou Fellingham and Phatfish, Kate and her husband Miles led the local worship team. Kate was a key team member of CCK’s ‘Worship School’, giving many seminars on worship leading, building and running worship teams, and vocals.
In 2007, Kate, Miles and their son Matthew moved from CCK to Grace City Church in Sydney, Australia. They wanted to focus their energies on building the local church. ‘Local’ in their case means ‘The Pacific’ and, as well as leading the worship team in Sydney, Kate and Miles have also visited other Newfrontiers churches in Brisbane, Perth, Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland and Manila to lead worship and to train and equip worship musicians there.
In 2011 Kate and Miles had the honour of having thousands of worshippers sing ‘When I was lost’ at the Royal Albert Hall in London, led by Lou Fellingham and Phatfish, as part of ‘Prom Praise’. This song has also featured on BBC Television’s ‘Songs of Praise’.
A steady flow of new worship songs, including ‘Here is love (Grace takes my sin)’, ‘Wake up my soul’, ‘Everything’, ‘The Lord Almighty reigns’ and a Christmas carol called ‘Long ago’ all feature on Kate’s latest cd release, ‘Grace’. The title track ‘Grace is not earned’ – featured on the widely read blogs of Adrian Warnock and Bob Kauflin – has received a beautiful new piano arrangement by Mark Edwards. The cd also contains two of Kate’s best known songs – ‘When I was lost’ and ‘In every day that dawns’ (co-written with Stuart Townend) – as you have never heard them before. Song samples, lyrics, charts and YouTube clips can be found throughout this site.