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"LOVE PHILOSOPHY LP/FILOSOFÍA DEL AMOR LP/FILOSOFIA DO AMOR LP"
With a four-octave voice and world-class piano and songwriting chops Billboard-charting, seven-time Global Music Award winner and internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter/pianist Katherine ‘Kool Kat’ Farnham is much more than a triple threat artist. She is an award-winning jazz, blues and spoken word artist and a woman of true character who has inspired fans, critics, students and even legendary artists. With her latest effort, "Love Philosophy", the follow up to the much acclaimed "Vintage" LP she proves she is an artist with an amazing heritage, an exciting present and a future as bright as the stars. Just as importantly, she is an artist with a message relevant for our times.
Consistently compared to some of the top artists in the world, she has recorded with Grammy winner and legendary saxophonist Kirk Whalum, Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres, Blues Hall of Famer and Grammy winner Darrell Leonard and Grammy Nominees Denny Jiosa and Mindi Abair to name a few. Her engaging style combines elements of jazz, adult contemporary, R&B, blues, Latin jazz and fusion. In recognition of her considerable contributions to the genre, her groundbreaking, self-produced album "Vintage" was added to the prestigious jazz archives at the Mediatheque Musicale de Paris, France.
In the last two years, Kat has won at least ten music awards, including being one of the youngest recipients of the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. She has earned two Global Music Awards for "Jazz/Emerging Artist" and "Jazz/Blues Song" as well as Los Angeles Music Award Nominations for “Best Jazz Artist” and "Americana: Blues & Roots Artist". She was also selected as the “Best Female Singer/Songwriter in Los Angeles Music Awards History" and won a Las Vegas Counter Culture Award for "Best Jazz Performer".
On her previous recordings, much has been made of her singing which has earned comparisons to Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Diana Krall, and Sarah Vaughan. On “Love Philosophy”, Farnham shows she’s not just a brilliant vocalist, but also a classically-trained pianist and entertainer of the finest caliber. She started playing piano and improvising licks at the age of four, writing her first song during a family road trip the same year. Six months later she was the leading actress in a school play. Six months after that, she performed her first jazz vocal solo.
Farnham has been called “one of the top artists of our time” by Brazilian journalist and Latin Grammy Awards consultant Toninho Spessoto. Jazz Weekly calls her voice “rich and strongly confident.” The Smooth Jazz Ride says “This is one artist who solidly and easily distinguishes herself from the run-of-the-mill vocalists and musicians. Farnham takes us on a dazzling and delightful musical journey to a land of cool, sexy and suave.”
Even with all this, the third generation musician still has some large shoes to fill. Farnham’s mother was a concert pianist, composer, vocal coach, and former Director of New England Conservatory’s Wellesley Branch. She personally trained her daughter for over a decade. This tutelage went in a direct line from Katherine to her mother, to her mother’s teacher European concert artist Madame Dayas, to Dayas parents and then to legendary concert pianist/composer Franz Liszt. “For years I had no idea that my musical legacy led directly back to this incredible artist. Once this sunk in, I woke up and started to pay attention.”
With this kind of pianistic heritage, it is therefore no surprise that Farnham eventually made the piano a central focus. She recorded “Love Philosophy” on not one, but three world-class Steinway grand pianos. Combining originals with well-loved standards like “Besame Mucho” and Billie Holiday’s “Good Morning Heartache”, Farnham has created a world-class work. This album speaks lyrically of spiritual love with the title track and singles "People, A Tribute to Barbra Streisand (feat Mindi Abair)", “Dreams (feat Denny Jiosa)” and also true romantic love with “Night of Romance”, a honest, heartfelt ballad complete with string section for which she won a Global Music Award as a songwriter. Other album tracks have earned awards - four for "Female Vocalist", and two for Jazz.
The album features songs in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Katherine graduated with highest honors from Boston's acclaimed Berklee College of Music and 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 NYC, and on stages with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente Jr and Celia Cruz. She has even inspired audiences with her courage at major sporting events such as the Ericsson Open (only female artist), the Miami Marathon and national dates for NASCAR. The critically acclaimed ‘Vintage’ garnered interview requests and airplay in US, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa along with standing ovation and sold out live performances.
She 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 benefit concerts in Los Angeles and Miami supporting music education and ethnic unity, Farnham is a woman who consistently goes the extra mile.
The values expressed on “Love Philosophy” integrate perfectly with the needs of audiences worldwide right now as well as with Farnham's humanitarian endeavors. A passionate educator, she has been invited to teach both Piano, Jazz Voice and Music Theater Voice at several universities and is also a published author. She served for two consecutive years as Celebrity Voice Judge for the Los Angeles Music Center's Annual Spotlight Awards, alongside several Broadway veterans.
Farnham performs with her longtime band. They have recorded and performed in world-class venues throughout the nation.
To purchase music from "Love Philosophy", please go to ITunes or Amazon or the artist's website Store.
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