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Take Five With Kathy Sanborn

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Meet Kathy Sanborn:

Known for her velvet voice, Kathy Sanborn performs her own original smooth jazz and adult contemporary songs with an elegance that can take your breath away.

A keyboard and pianist, Sanborn composes and produces both jazz instrumentals and vocal tunes. She released her first CD, Peaceful Sounds, to critical acclaim in 2008. Peaceful Sounds, a jazzy-new age blend of philosophical songs, was a best seller on the CD Baby web site.

Sanborn's next project is due for release in spring 2010. Watch for news about the new album soon!


Vocals, keyboards, piano.

Teachers and/or influences?

My first jazz influence had to be Herb Alpert's talented wife, Lani Hall. Her vocals are so flawless, so clean and clear. She's inspired me!

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...

Ever since I was a child, I wanted to perform. Music is my life, and without it, I wouldn't be me.

Your sound and approach to music:

My sound is a bit Latin, a tad R&B, and a whole lot of jazz. Throw in some pop as well, mix it all up, and you'll be close!

Your dream band:

My ideal band would be eclectic, composed of a few artists of old as well as some newcomers. The list is a long one, and I don't want to leave anyone out!

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?

My upcoming album is my favorite! It's due for release in March 2010. It's full of upbeat, optimistic songs, and I can't wait until the public hears it!

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?

Truth. In Peaceful Sounds, the truth was a bit painful for people to hear, I think. No one wants to confront poverty, war, or homeless vets—and yet, that's what we have. The new album, soon to be released, is so upbeat and cheerful that you will wonder what happened! :-)

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

Changing. I am so glad that more vocals and more innovative jazz styles and "hybrids" are available for people to hear and to buy. Music needs to evolve, and this means letting new artists in on the airwaves—and not excluding a hot new player simply because he or she is an independent artist.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

Jazz will always grow and change, especially if, as I've said, the radio stations allow new artists to come on board. There are so many talented jazz artists trying to get their music into the light of day, and many give up too soon.

What is in the near future?

My new project is coming out in spring 2010. I am so excited about the album, because it is a toe-tapping CD that will not only make you want to dance, but it will inspire you, too!

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:

I'm not sure what I would be if I weren't a musician. Maybe a duck on roller skates, who knows? :-)


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