Thursday, September 24, 2015

Featured This Week On The Jazz Network Worldwide: Singer Katherine Farnham aka “Kool Kat” showcases her new LP “Vintage” on National Peace Day

Singer-songwriter-pianist Katherine Farnham, has channelled her intense passion into an album combining elements of jazz, R&B, Latin jazz and adult contemporary. “VINTAGE” has a humanitarian thread for peace, hope and enlightenment combining a multi-octave voice with world-class musicianship and a poet’s heart that possesses both charisma and substance.

“Vintage” is a stunning and smoking-hot collection of songs featuring Grammy-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum (“The Gospel According To Jazz”), Latin Grammy winning flutist Nestor Torres and four-time Grammy-Nominated guitarist Denny Jiosa, as well as a world-class production team that has worked with some of the biggest musical legends in the industry.

“I feel deeply humbled and blessed to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible team. Nestor’s lines are insanely accurate and exploding with passion.  Denny’s guitar danced, sang and cried and said a thousand words.  I’m truly still pinching myself that Kirk came to record with us. What a human being. He embodies the qualities of focus, greatness and cool and somehow manages to make it all look easy.” 

She has been compared to Barbra Streisand, Norah Jones, and Joni Mitchell. and was named 2014 Los Angeles Music Awards “Female Singer/Songwriter of the Year”.

Kool Kat's single, “Necessary Groove” features powerful vocals, strong songwriting and impressive piano playing. The lyrics place the need for music right along with necessities like food, clothing, and shelter, its a universal language that unites humanity.   A deep sense of humanity flows into “My Shoes Are Leaking”, a soaring ballad and Veterans Tribute.  With gorgeous vocals and heartfelt lyrics of a couple separated by military deployment, the track features a engaging swing feel that effortlessly merges the classic with the contemporary.

“I really enjoyed ‘My Shoes Are Leaking’  What a cool title, what a lovely voice. I'm honored to be recording with you..." ~ Grammy-Winner Kirk Whalum

An active humanitarian, she has encouraged music's role in improving inter-cultural relations and tolerance by creating Music for Peace International. “One of the greatest joys of my life is helping to ease the pain of others.”   Having mentored Los Angeles inner-city youth and served for two consecutive years as Celebrity Judge for the Los Angeles Music Center's Annual Spotlight Awards.  Finally, she organized and sponsored six concerts benefiting music education and ethnic unity. Her courage and abounding love for music have set the bar, inspiring fans and fellow artists alike.

“I am pleased to learn that you are working to unite the community through music...sounds like a perfect example of how the arts can pave the way to reach a variety of groups and influence them to unify in spirit and deed...I applaud you in the efforts to unify all through a cultural endeavor.” –Neil C., National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences

Other tracks like “Epic Love”, ”Round the World in a Jukebox", "Mermaid", "My Funky Valentine", and "Peace On Earth, Goodwill to Men" make this an exciting collection that is inspiring, entertaining and thought-provoking. Vintage is a well-crafted portfolio of original material.  The classically-trained artist creates music expressing deep longing, passion, adventure and a sense of mystery which has resulted in rave reviews in three languages. No wonder she is considered at the forefront of the jazz singer/songwriter movement.
"Her lyrics are heavy and meaningful, but her vocalizing is soaring." ~ All Music Guide

A third-generation musician, her mother was a concert pianist and Director of New England Conservatory’s Wellesley Branch. Her father toured with The Boston Pops and played under musical legends Stravinsky and Hindemith. After conservatory study, she received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. In Boston.  International press and commercial airplay followed, including a MIDEM prediction that she was in fact “The New Voice of the World.” ~ Toninho S., Latin Grammy Consultant, Journalist, Radio Host, Sao Paulo

Farnham has inspired audiences at national athletic events, including The Ericsson Open (the only female artist), The Miami Marathon and NASCAR Las Vegas, Dallas and London and has toured throughout the US and abroad. She has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC 6 and Telemundo and performed with Latin jazz greats Tito Puente Jr and Celia Cruz.  

“The Jazz Network Worldwide is honored to be promoting Katherine Farnham’s “Vintage” release. It seems apropos that it ‘just so happens to fall on Peace Day’. It is a true testament of an artist who has a story to tell as an originator offering the best of who she is to her audience. My heart tells me that jazz festivals and radio stations worldwide will be embracing her talent for she truly has a ‘smash’ on her hands” says Jaijai Jackson of The Jazz Network Worldwide Social Network.

She’s without a doubt a gutsy artist with a sunny future just like the laugh she’s known for. Kool Kat is taking her ‘Necessary Groove’ all the way.   


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