Kate Earl, born Kate Joy Smithson, (born October 8, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter. Earl was born to Charles and Pomposa Smithson in Anchorage, Alaska. She is of Filipino and Dutch/Welsh descent. She moved to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. Her debut album, Fate Is The Hunter, was released on May 10, 2005. She has garnered moderate airplay with her single, "Officer". Earl's music has been likened to that of Rachael Yamagata, BjÃ¶rk, Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, and fellow Alaskan Jewel.