Catherine Elizabeth "Kate" Pierson (born April 27, 1948) is an American vocalist, lyricist, and one of the lead singers and founding members of The B-52's. One of the multi-instrumentalists in the band, Pierson played guitar, bass and various keyboard instruments. In the B-52s, she has performed alongside Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Ricky Wilson and Keith Strickland.
As of 2013, Pierson began work on a new solo album featuring material co-written by Sia Furler.
Pierson has collaborated with the following bands and singers:
Ramones, in the early 1980s on the song, "Chop Suey", with Cindy Wilson and Debbie Harry, the title is available as bonus track on The Ramones' re-release CD "Pleasant Dreams".
Cindy, Kate and Keith were part of the group "Melon" and recorded 2 songs ("I Will Call You" and "Honeydew") for a Japanese TV show titled "Snakeman Show". The soundtrack LP from 1980 or CD from 1988 was only released in Japan.
Fred Schneider, on his Fred Schneider & the Shake Society solo album from 1984 on songs "Monster", "Summer in Hell", "I'm Gonna Haunt You" and "Boonga (The New Jersey Caveman)".
She was also a member of the Japanese group NiNa with Yuki Isoya and co-wrote and performed a complete album, with the hit singles "Happy Tomorrow" and "Aurora Tour". The album and singles were only releasedin Japan. Two songs were used as the ending theme song to the anime Arc the Lad.
Appeared in Blondie's music video for "Mother".
The soundtrack album "Phineas and Ferb: Rockin' and Rollin'" released in September 2013 features Kate singing: "Let's Spend Half A Day". The album is only available as download.