"The New Voice of the World."
--Toninho S., Journalist, Radio Host, Latin Grammy Awards Consultant
Already considered a celebrity by many in the West Coast entertainment community, Billboard-charting, internationally acclaimed and three-time Global Music Awards Medalist Katherine ‘KOOL KAT’ Farnham is rapidly gaining acclaim for bringing a hot new sound to jazz and Americana. Consistently compared to some of the finest singers in the world, she is a prolific and electric artist who fuses musical paradigms together effortlessly, reinventing standards and bridging influences of adult contemporary, R&B, blues/roots, Latin jazz, and fusion. In a significant recognition of her 'Vintage' LP contributions, the disc was recently added to the prestigious jazz archives at the Mediatheque Musicale de Paris.
The singer/songwriter/pianist has earned the love of fans and jazz aficionados alike with her unique and retitled single ‘My Funky Valentine’ ('Vintage' LP). She has recorded with renowned Guest Artists legendary saxophonist and Grammy winner Kirk Whalum, Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres, and Grammy nominees Mindi Abair and Denny Jiosa. Jazz Weekly says, “Farnham adds some backbeat to a clever read of a standard in ‘My Funky Valentine’ and her voice is rich and strongly confident.” Emmy Nominee and Celebrity Radio Host Philip Silverstone captured her essence: “Kool Kat is doing for jazz what Clapton did for the blues - bringing it to the mainstream.”
The award-winner returns to her theatrical roots with the first single “People, A Tribute to Barbra Streisand" featuring Two-Time Grammy Nominee Mindi Abair as Guest Artist and saxophonist. Farnham transformed Streisand’s beloved hit into a moving, lush jazz ballad, complete with world-class musicians, full string orchestra and herself on piano and vocals. “My inspiration for this version was to begin very tenderly, almost like a prayer for the forgotten and suffering people of the world. I told Mindi what I was envisioning and there were tears in her eyes. We ended up recording her solo on International Women’s Day in Los Angeles."
From humble beginnings in a small rural town to the Hollywood red carpet and a growing number of music awards, Farnham has had to overcome an unbelievable amount of adversity to bring her music to the world. But in so doing, it has fueled a passion to create music that touches people in a universal way. It has also birthed a true humanitarian who is just as passionate about standing up for others in need. From mentoring inner city kids in Compton and Los Angeles, to providing transitional housing for the homeless, rescuing pets, supporting veterans and organizing six benefits supporting music education and ethnic unity, Farnham is a woman who consistently goes the extra mile.
"Any humanitarian knows that the essence of the work really is caring for the "People", regardless of their age, gender, background, race, religion or political beliefs. My music is always focused on things that unite. It's the music and the message first. I don’t discuss politics in general or on social media. This song was a cherished opportunity to integrate different sides of my artistic personality and get back to the basics of sending a message of unconditional love."
“The feedback from fans was very positive and a bit overwhelming actually. I think initially some fans assumed the song was for a love interest or to make some type of political statement - neither of which is really accurate. It's important to me for fans to know where I'm coming from. It was rather funny because I’ve been single by choice now for several years. I made a decision to be alone with God and just really get to know myself and what I want and need. I think people were more focused on the integrity of love during the era when the great standards were written.
“Vintage” gave Farnham her first Billboard Top 40 hit with “Necessary Groove”, and also featured her trademark soaring ballad, “My Shoes Are Leaking”, a Veterans Tribute about a couple separated by military deployment. The album also won her a Global Music Award Medal, the coveted Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award for Special Achievement, Singer Songwriter, a Las Vegas Counter Culture Award for "Best Jazz Performer", a Los Angeles Music Award and others. It also garnered her interview requests and airplay in US, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa with standing ovation and sold out live performances.
Born in Beantown and raised near Steel City by a New Yorker father and a Southerner mother who were both professional classical musicians, Katherine’s heritage is as clearly all American as it is marked by her ties to European culture. The ob-gyn who delivered her was trained by actress Sophia Loren’s doctor in Hollywood. Subsequently too Katherine’s godmother turned out to be Italian. “My godmother’s family came to America on the boat from Italy to Ellis Island. I guess that explains my dramatic and passionate side.”
This mixed heritage lent itself easily to exposure to a broad range of music. A third-generation musician, Farnham started performing as a leading lady in a play at age five. A few months later, she sang her first jazz vocal solo. Her mother was a concert pianist, composer and vocal coach for The Sante Fe Opera and worked with top singers and several legendary classical musicians. Her father was a musician, arranger, scholar and conductor and toured as first trombonist with The Boston Pops.
Farnham studied music with both her parents and later appeared on Good Morning America, NBC 6, Telemundo and toured throughout the US and abroad. She has performed at festivals, including the Hub City Jazz Festival outside NYC, on stages with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente Jr and Celia Cruz. She has also inspired audiences with her formidable courage at major sporting events such as the Ericsson Open (the only female artist), the Miami Marathon and national dates for NASCAR.
A passionate educator as well as a humanitarian, Katherine has dedicated herself throughout her career to giving back. She holds her BM Degree with highest honors from Boston's acclaimed Berklee College of Music and an MM Degree from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. She has educated music and acting students across the nation and taught musical theatre and jazz voice at the university level. She served for two consecutive years as Celebrity Voice Judge for the Los Angeles Music Center's Annual Spotlight Awards. In addition to creating award-winning spoken word poetry, she is a published author and the founder of the charitable initiative Music for Peace International.
Also including Four-Time Grammy Nominee Denny Jiosa on guitar and a world-class band, the new single is one of Farnham's all time favorite songs. "I’ve always adored this song. I hope listeners will love this new version.”
Silverstone again captured the essence of her latest work calling "People"...'a triumph'. Against all odds, Farnham delivered yet again and has made it clear that she's going all the way.
“People” is available now for purchase on ITunes, Amazon and www.katherinefarnham.com.
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