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Actress/singer/songwriter Kathleen LaGue has had quite a journey prior to starring in Razortooth (2006) (V). The third of six children born into an artistic and musically enriched Midwestern family, Kathleen was raised modestly in a two-bedroom house where creativity and self-expression, often in the form of singing and dancing, were fostered. She graduated with honors from Tonganoxie High School, a small town high school on the outskirts of Kansas City, Kansas. Though her initial passion and inspiration lie in acting and singing in the theatre, she was given--and took--the opportunity to attend college on an art scholarship, and graduated from Baker University cum laude in Art and Psychology before relocating to New York City to pursue her dreams. Thriving on the energy of the big city, she joined a rock band, taught aerobics, and modeled on 7th Avenue for Calvin Klein, Levis and Ferragamo while studying voice and acting in commercials. Her professional singing career began with singing standards and Top-40 in wedding bands and belting Broadway tunes on cruise ships. She toured internationally with Portuguese star Fernando Pereira in a three-girl trio known as "The New York Singers," playing sold-out arenas in Portugal, Brazil and Atlantic City.
LaGue moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she honed her songwriting and guitar-playing skills with some of the most gifted musicians in the country. The collective talents of Tom Bukovac (Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Keith Urban), Will Rambeaux (Faith Hill, Shari Austin) and Shawn Fichter (Trisha Yearwood, Peter Frampton, John Fogerty) helped forge Kathleen`s rock and pop roots into her first self-penned and -produced CD, the eponymous "Kathleen LaGue". Released independently on her own label, Lioness Records, it was an immediate success, with over 250,000 internet downloads. "I couldn`t have made that record without the community of incredible songwriters and musicians in Nashville", she said. In support of her album, Kathleen toured the country, opening for the likes of Counting Crows, Live, Pete Yorn, Chris Whitley, John Hiatt, Patty Griffin and others. The USO then gave her the opportunity to perform before US troops stationed overseas. She and her band toured military bases in Greenland, Japan, Korea, Guam and remote islands in the South Pacific.
Kathleen`s career focus shifted towards acting when she was cast in a lead role in a PAX television pilot that was shooting in Nashville. Later, she was spotted by a CBS Senior VP of Casting in a Nicoderm CQ national commercial and was called in to audition for several series regular roles prior to relocating to L.A. in 2002. While she has emerged as a successful voice-over actor, leading her own loop group, she continues to be cast in feature films, having roles in many recent films: Universal`s American Pie Presents Band Camp (2005) (V) in which she plays a feisty receptionist, "The Eye" (2008) playing a nurse, and as Sheriff Ruth Gainey-Coates," the strong female lead in the horror feature "Razortooth," due out from Lionsgate in 2009.
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