Billboard charting, seven-time Global Music Awards Medalist and internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter/pianist Katherine 'KOOL KAT' Farnham is a recording artist, a spoken word artist, a published author and humanitarian. Her artistic legacy includes a world-class musical heritage. Farnham studied piano with her concert pianist mother, who studied with European concert artist Madame Dayas, who studied with her parents, who studied with legendary pianist/composer Franz Liszt. She began playing and composing at the age of four. She started performing as leading lady in a play at age five and sang her first jazz vocal solo a few months later. Farnham 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 added to the prestigious jazz archives at the Mediatheque Musicale de Paris, France.
Farnham was hailed by Brazilian journalist Toninho Spessoto as "one of the top artists of our time", Farnham has worked with many renowned musicians including legendary saxophonist and Grammy winner Kirk Whalum, Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres, Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Famer Darrell Leonard and Grammy nominees Mindi Abair and Denny Jiosa. She has earned the love of fans and jazz aficionados alike with her unique and retitled single ‘My Funky Valentine’ ('Vintage' LP). 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.” Two-Time Emmy Nominee and Celebrity Radio Host Philip Silverstone captured her essence raving, “absolutely brilliant. Kool Kat is doing for jazz what Clapton did for the blues - bringing it to the mainstream.”
Farnham has had to overcome tremendous 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.
The artist's intense passion and skill have resulted in a Billboard Top 40 hit with “Necessary Groove” ('Vintage' LP), and in 2018 five music awards plus other accolades. She has won many awards for her recordings in English and Spanish including: a total of seven Global Music Award Medals, a Los Angeles Music Award, a Producer's Choice Honors Award for Best Female Singer/Songwriter in 25 Years (Quarter Century run of Los Angeles Music Awards), the coveted Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award for Special Achievement, Singer Songwriter, a Las Vegas Counter Culture Award for "Best Jazz Performer", a Rotary Outstanding Service Award and many others. In 2019, she won another four awards, including the honor of being one of the youngest Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. In 2020, she won her seventh Global Music Award.
A third-generation musician, Farnham studied music with several classical and jazz legends including Leon Fleischer as well as both her parents. Her mother was a concert pianist, composer and vocal coach. Her father was a musician, arranger, scholar and conductor and toured as first trombonist with The Boston Pops. Both her parents met and worked closely with Igor Stravinsky at The Sante Fe Opera during the premiere of his works there.
Farnham has 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 New York City, on stages with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente Jr and Celia Cruz. She has even 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. The multiple award-winning, critically acclaimed 'Vintage' LP garnered her interview requests and airplay in US, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa with standing ovation and sold out live performances.
A passionate educator as well as a humanitarian, Katherine has dedicated herself throughout her career to giving back. She taught at several universities including serving as the youngest Adjunct Voice Faculty member at Miami's New World School of the Arts BFA Music Theatre Division. She served for two consecutive years as Celebrity Voice Judge for the Los Angeles Music Center's Annual Spotlight Awards, alongside several Broadway veterans. In addition to creating award-winning spoken word poetry, she is a published author and has donated countless hours to work for ethnic unity and peace. She holds a BM Degree with highest honors from Boston's acclaimed Berklee College of Music, and her MM from the University of Miami Frost School of Music.
Her discography including "Vintage", "The Vintage Poetry Collection", "Music, Passion, Spirit", and singles from her new record "Love Philosophy" are available for purchase on ITunes, Amazon and www.katherinefarnham.com.
Katherine plays Steinway pianos.
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