Katherine Farnham is a 2022 Grammy U Mentor, Billboard-charting, award-winning and internationally acclaimed American jazz singer/songwriter/pianist. She is at the forefront of the jazz singer/songwriter movement and is known for bringing fresh, contemporary twists to jazz standards as well as releasing tracks that merge classic and contemporary influences. The winner of twenty-four awards and nine nominations, her single "Necessary Groove" debuted in Billboard's Top 40 Pop Charts as a crossover hit. A prolific and versatile artist, she has been compared to Diana Krall, as well as legendary vocalists Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Sarah Vaughan and others.
A child prodigy, she was born into an artistic family and began composing at age four. She gave her first performance at five as leading actress in a school play and sang her first jazz vocal solo a few months later. She is classically trained in both piano and voice. Her vocal range spans four octaves. She writes most of her own songs and also records her own versions of famous classics. She has recorded songs in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Latin.
Katherine and her longtime band have recorded and performed throughout the world. The winner of a Las Vegas F.A.M.E. Award for "Best Jazz Performer", she has performed for celebrities, done standing ovation performances for the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and at the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards, sung live on NBC 6 and Telemundo, on the Los Angeles and Las Vegas strips, on stages with Latin jazz greats Celia Cruz and Tito Puente Jr., and to a sold out crowd at the Hub City Jazz Festival in New Jersey. She has even inspired audiences at major sporting events, singing the National Anthem multiple times for World Series Champions The Florida Marlins, and performing for The Ericsson Open (only female artist), The Miami Marathon and national tour dates for NASCAR.
She has recorded with many renowned musicians including Grammy winner and legendary saxophonist Kirk Whalum, Latin Grammy winning flutist Nestor Torres, Blues Hall of Fame and Grammy Winning trumpeter Darrell Leonard, Grammy Nominated guitarist Denny Jiosa, Grammy nominated saxophonist Mindi Abair and award-winning Brazilian singer/songwriter/pianist Guinga among others. Her engaging style combines elements of jazz, Latin jazz, adult contemporary, theater, R&B, blues/roots, and fusion. In recognition of her considerable contributions to the genre, her groundbreaking, self-produced CD "VINTAGE" was added to the prestigious jazz archives at the Mediatheque Musicale de Paris, France.
The Los Angeles Music Awards voted the third-generation musician the “Best Female Singer/Songwriter” in their entire twenty-five year history. All Music Guide says, “Her lyrics are heavy and meaningful, but her vocalizing is soaring.” AXS says, "...a singer with many sides, all worth getting to know...an open, fearless artist. Two-Time Emmy Nominee and Celebrity Radio Host Phillip Silverstone raved, “absolutely brilliant. Farnham is doing for jazz what Clapton did for the blues – bringing it to the mainstream.”
In the last few years, Katherine has won over a staggering twelve music awards, including being one of the youngest recipients of the Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. (Other recipients include Colin Powell, Wonder Woman Entertainer Lynda Carter and actress Dee Wallace.) Katherine’s 2022 CD “LOVE PHILOSOPHY” won a total of eight Global Music Awards - one for the whole album and others for seven 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 won a Las Vegas Counter Culture Award for "Best Jazz Performer". HG Radio in Mexico also nominated her for her Spanish language singing with “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" CD 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 and many other television shows.
The winner of the Rotary Outstanding Service Award, Katherine is also a published writer, passionate educator and humanitarian. She is available for Clinics and Master Classes and is a Guest Lecturer/Performer for major charitable organizations.