Natalie Tate is one of Denver's most promising songwriters and busiest guitarists

Natalie Tate is well-known for her role as the lead guitarist in Ark Life. She was recruited into that band by Jesse Elliott when he saw her perform at Leon Gallery. At the time, Tate had recently returned to writing and performing music, and she quickly proved capable of writing gently moving yet vibrant songs to go with her luminous voice. Music has long been a part of her life, but she stopped playing after college. She was teaching fourth and fifth grade when she saw one of her favorite artists and felt something click.

"I went to a Brandi Carlile show with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra," says Tate. "There was sort of an epiphany moment, and I was really moved by her and thought, 'Damn, why can't I do something like that?'"

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.