Katherine Farnham is a Grammy U Mentor, Billboard-charting, 16-Time Global Music Award winning and internationally acclaimed jazz and roots singer/songwriter/pianist and spoken word artist. She is at the forefront of the singer/songwriter movement and is known for bringing fresh, contemporary twists to vocal standards as well as releasing tracks that merge classic and contemporary influences. The winner of thirty-two 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.
The third generation musician has been hailed as "one of the top artists of our time" by Latin Grammy consultant, renowned music journalist and radio host Toninho Spessoto. Katherine 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 sings songs in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian and Latin.
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, 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.
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.
The Los Angeles Music Awards voted her 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.”