With her powerhouse vocals leading the way, Katherine Rondeau delivers a rootsy performance that harkens back to the best of the Folk Revival with a modern style. Ron Olesko, Traditions, WFDU-FM
Passionate and full of conviction, with a big voice and an even bigger spirit, Katherine Rondeau is a singer-songwriter with an unforgettable style. A New Jersey native, Katherine's roots-inspired sound is an organic blend drawing inspiration from folk, blues, and mountain music.
How to describe Katherine's music? Her voice – strong, soulful, warm – rings out like a bell on a clear summer’s night. Her original songs draw audiences in and take them on journeys both real and imagined. Whether sharing stories of love lost and found, calling out robust anthems of peace and justice, or reimagining classic songs from the Folk Revival, there is no mistaking she has earned her place at the folk table.
Katherine's January 2019 release Unfortunate Point of View is a true folk album, with seven original songs and four classic folk covers. After its release, the album reached #4 on the Folk DJ charts in January with the #1 original song, and was the #14 album for February.
Unfortunate Point of View selected as a top 10 Folk CD of the week by:
CFBX, CFUV, Kansas Public Radio, KBOO, KRFC, KZMU, KZUM,
M3, Mostly Folk, Out of the Woods, Radio Nowhere, Sirius XM: The Village, Stingray Music,
WAMC, WBGU, WBYC, WCOM, WFDU, WFUV, WGDR, WRCT, and more...
Iconic folk DJ Rich Warren of The Midnight Special program at WFMT in Chicago selected Katherine as one of his "Artists of the Week" for three weeks running, confirming her status as an artist worthy of national attention. He and many other DJs are spinning her music week after week, and heaping their praises on her efforts.
There is a warmth and a strength to Rondeau’s singing and to her music in Unfortunate Point of View that keeps me looking forward to the next cut on the CD. Bill Revill, WESU-FM
Katherine Rondeau has a powerful voice and stage presence. Joy emanates as she invites the audience to experience the songs along with her which makes for a warm and appreciative community from the first note to the last. Kathy Sands-Boehmer, me&thee coffeehouse
Katherine Rondeau's voice holds holds authenticity and soul in every note. Modern folk music in the finest tradition of the form.. Justin Helmer, KVSC-FM
It’s her material that really shines, in an understated manner that showcases her compelling voice and subtle arrangements. Ink 19
After bursting onto the Philly folk scene in 2015, Katherine was quickly recognized for her rich, bold voice and engaging performance style. How to describe Katherine's music? Her voice – strong, soulful, warm – rings out like a bell on a clear summer’s night. Her original songs draw audiences in and take them on journeys both real and imagined. Whether sharing stories of love lost and found, calling out robust anthems of peace and justice, or reimagining classic songs from the Folk Revival, there is no mistaking that Katherine has earned her place at the table - and she's serving up her roots-inspired sound at venues across the country.
Katherine’s music really shines in her live performances – her big, bold voice and engaging style have made her a festival favorite. After making her festival debut at the Philadelphia Folk Festival (PFF) in 2015, Katherine began spreading her music to large audiences throughout the region. “I love the energy of live performance, picking up the audience’s energy and focusing it right back into my set. It’s been great to be a repeat performer at so many great festivals including three years straight at the PFF (2015-2018), Ladybug Festival (2016, 17), Delmarva Folk Festival (2016, 2018) – and to see fans keep coming back for more."
Her January 2019 release, Unfortunate Point of View, self-produced with the assistance of award-winning engineer Glenn Barratt, continues to be shared with folk audiences by iconic folk DJs across the world, with one full year on the Folk DJ charts, the #4 album for January with #1 original song. Appearing on the weekly NACC Top 30 Folk charts for nine weeks, Unfortunate Point of View establishes Katherine Rondeau as a major voice on the national folk scene.
Katherine's 2016 release New Hope Chateau hit the top 20 on the Folk DJ charts with a #9 song and received kudos from folk DJs and journalists alike. A "Rich's Pick" from the legendary Midnight Special radio program, the Midwest Record wrote: She's got a big bold voice that raises the roof with very little effort. Her compelling story songs take on a myriad of themes, from love lost and love preserved to robust political anthems
In 2017 Katherine earned a rare honor as a double showcaser at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference (NERFA). Named as a Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ showcase performer (nominated by WFDU's Ron Olesko) AND a Semi-Formal Showcaser, she is being recognized for the depth and power of her songwriting and performance.
The honors kept coming in 2018, when Katherine was awarded a spot in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival's esteemed Emerging Artist Showcase, and was among the highest vote-getters for audience favorite. This was folllowed by a Folk DJ showcase at the Folk Alliance Region Midwest (FARM) conference, nominated by WAMC DJ (and Folk Alliance International lifetime achievement award-winner) Wanda Fischer.
And in 2019 Katherine was awarded a second NERFA Semi-Formal showcase -- she has truly made her mark in the Folk world!