KATHERINE FARNHAM BIO:
Billboard-charting, internationally acclaimed and eight-time Global Music Award winner Katherine 'KOOL KAT' Farnham is rapidly gaining acclaim for bringing a hot new sound to jazz and roots music. Consistently compared to some of the top artists in the world, she has performed on stages with Latin jazz greats Celia Cruz and Tito Puente Jr. The third-generation musician has worked with many renowned musicians including 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.
Katherine has been hailed as "one of the top artists of our time" by Latin Grammy Awards consultant and Brazilian journalist 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.”
In the last few years, Kat has won over a staggering ten music awards, including being one of the youngest recipients of the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Her 2021 album “Love Philosophy” won a total of seven Global Music Awards - one for the whole album and others for six singles. She has earned 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 selected as the Quarter Century Winner of “Best Female Singer/Songwriter in Los Angeles Music Awards History" and won a Las Vegas Counter Culture Award for "Best Jazz Performer". HG Radio in Mexico also nominated her for “Cantante Feminine del Ano".
Trained by both her musician parents as well as classical and jazz legends, Kat began her performing career as an actor at age five and sang her first jazz vocal solo a few months later. Her "Vintage" LP has earned rave reviews, interview requests and airplay in US, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa and standing ovation and sold out live performances. She 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 near NYC, and at major sporting events such as the Ericsson Open (the only female artist), the Miami Marathon and national dates for NASCAR.
Katherine won scholarships to Tanglewood and conservatory and earned her BM Degree with highest honors from Boston’s acclaimed Berklee College of Music. She earned her MM from the University of Miami. After doing post graduate work, she earned an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University. A passionate educator, she taught Music Theater Voice as Adjunct Faculty at Miami’s acclaimed New World School of the Arts as well as serving on Jazz Voice Faculty at Musician’s Institute.
Katherine has been a Guest Lecturer and Performer for the National Federation of Music Clubs and also served as Adjudicator for their Festival (Piano Solo Category). Additional adjudications include the ARTS Recognition & Talent Search (Popular Voice Category) and Los Angeles Music Center’s Annual Spotlight Awards where she served for two consecutive years as Celebrity Voice Adjudicator (Non-Classical Voice Category).
The recipient of the Rotary Outstanding Service Award, Katherine is an author and humanitarian whose articles on music and singing have been published in several magazines. She also writes regularly for her online blog. In addition to all this, she still finds time to donate charitable performances and support to organizations throughout the world like The Salvation Army, ASPCA, Doctors Without Borders and many others.
She and her longtime band have recorded and performed at world-class venues throughout the nation.