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. 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, Latin jazz, and fusion. In a significant recognition of her 'Vintage' album's contributions, the disc was recently added to the prestigious jazz archives at the Mediatheque Musicale de Paris.
Hailed as “one of the top artists of our time” by Brazilian journalist and Latin Grammy consultant Toninho Spessoto, the singer/songwriter/pianist has earned the love of fans and jazz aficionados alike with her unique and retitled interpretation ‘My Funky Valentine’. 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.”
Not one to sit on her laurels, Farnham is now working on a follow-up project. The first single is “People, A Tribute to Barbra Streisand" featuring Two-Time Grammy Nominee Mindi Abair as Guest Artist and saxophonist. Farnham turned Streisand’s beloved hit into a moving and 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 when we were in the studio. After one initial reschedule, we ended up recording her solo on International Women’s Day. I didn’t realize what day it was actually until the middle of the session when somebody mentioned it!”
“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. My approach to dating is often misunderstood because I’m really quite old fashioned. I think people were more focused on the integrity of love during the era when the great standards were written.
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. So 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. I have friends on both sides of the political spectrum and I value different viewpoints. 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."
Kat's multiple award-winning “Vintage” features the Billboard Top 40 crossover hit “Necessary Groove”, the soulful anthem “Epic Love”, “Eternidad” featuring virtuoso flutist Nestor Torres and the humorous, swinging "Zip Zad Zowee". Another single is her trademark soaring ballad, “My Shoes Are Leaking”, a Veterans Tribute about a couple separated by military deployment that effortlessly merges the classic with the contemporary. In 2018 she won two Global Music Awards Silver Medals and in 2017 the coveted Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award for Special Achievement, Singer Songwriter as well as several awards for jazz. She is also a Los Angeles Music Award Winner. The "Vintage" LP has garnered her interview requests and airplay in US, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa with standing ovation and sold out live performances.
Kat has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC 6, Telemundo and toured throughout the US and abroad. She has performed at festivals, on stages with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente Jr and Celia Cruz and at major sporting events such as the Ericsson Open (the only female artist), the Miami Marathon and national dates for NASCAR.
In addition to working on this single and other new songs, Farnham is also releasing a compilation of tracks from her different projects called “Music, Passion, Spirit” that will be available on major retailers this Summer.
A third-generation musician, Katherine possesses a unique and world-class artistic heritage. Her first performance was as leading lady in a school play at age five. A few months later, she began performing as a jazz vocal soloist. Her mother was a concert pianist, composer and vocal coach for The Sante Fe Opera working with top singers and composer/conductors. Her father toured as first trombonist with The Boston Pops. Katherine studied at conservatory and later graduated with highest honors from Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music.
She has educated music and acting students across the nation and taught musical theatre and jazz voice at the university level. She also 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.
Also including Four-Time Grammy Nominee and Sony Artist 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 and admired Barbra for her artistic courage. I feel grateful to have finished this single and look forward to doing even better work in the future. I hope listeners will love this new version.”
The award-winning “People” is available now for purchase on ITunes, Amazon and www.katherinefarnham.com.
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