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.
After bursting onto the Philly folk scene in 2015, Katherine was quickly recognized for her rich, bold voice and engaging performance style. She has since claimed her place at venues throughout the region including Godfrey Daniels, the Hurdy Gurdy Folk Club, World Cafe Live, MusikFest, Burlap and Bean, Folk Project, and as a 3-time Philadelphia Folk Festival performer (2015/16/17).
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.
Just named a 2018 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival/Grassy Hill Emerging Artist!
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 and is touring the US throughout 2018.
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
There is a siren inside of songs of Katherine Rondeau on her latest release, New Hope Chateau. Her vocals are flames for fluttering moths of tenderness... Strength and Soul in the words. The Alternate Root
Katherine delivered the in-your-face power of the rousing anthem and the exquisite pain of the love lost ballad with equal assuredness, masterful technique, and an emotional sincerity that connected each of us directly to her heart. A must see! Mark Schaffer, Programming Chair, Folk Project Acoustic Getaway