Katherine Rondeau Bio
Katherine Rondeau is a full-throttle singer-songwriter who focuses her passion for classic folk music through a thoroughly modern lens. After bursting onto the Philly folk scene in 2015, she was quickly recognized for her rich, bold voice and warm, engaging personality.
Her new release Unfortunate Point of View features seven original songs and four classics, including a duet of Phil Ochs' What's That I Hear featuring Joe Jencks. UPOV was #4 on the January Folk DJ charts, and #14 in February. Over 20 Folk DJs across the country listed Katherine's self-produced album on their weekly top ten lists, resulting in 9 weeks on the North American College and Community (NACC) Top 30 Folk Album charts. It's clear the folk world is taking note of her passionate songwriting and 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 she has earned her place at the folk table.
In 2018 Katherine was selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Grassy Hill Emerging Artist, and was honored with a Folk DJ showcase at the Folk Alliance Midwest conference (FARM). This followed up a rare honor in 2017, being awarded two showcases at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference (NERFA), selected for a Semi-Formal Showcase and a Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ showcase (nominated by WFDU's Ron Olesko).
Katherine's amazing voice makes the rafters ring! Her smooth, rich alto, combined with outstanding songwriting and guitar work, captivates the audience wherever she goes. Energy is her middle name.
Wanda Fischer, WAMC-FM / Albany, NY
Katherine Rondeau Short Bios
No need for a formal introduction to the rootsy folk sound of Katherine Rondeau! A three-time Philadelphia Folk Festival performer (2015/16/17), Katherine Rondeau's 's rich, silky voice combine with her powerful original songs and warm, bold personality to create a soulful folk experience you won't forget.
Put yourself in the heart of hardscrabble hills Appalachia – hear that strong, lyrical wail calling down from the mountain, and the steel ring of the guitar strings? If so, you’re hearing the unforgettable rootsy folk sound of Katherine Rondeau.
Katherine Rondeau is a bold voice in the folk world and Unfortunate Point of View showcases her strengths as a dynamic songwriter and singer. From songs with a conscience to tales of relationships gone wrong (or at least not quite right), her palette has colors to please both traditional and contemporary folk fans. Chris Kocher, WHRW-FM
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. Her choices in material, both her originals and well-interpreted covers, make for a fine release. Bill Revill, WESU-FM
Unfortunate Point of View is steeped in Southern grit and style. Sometimes bluesy, sometimes wistful, Katherine's soulful voice takes us on a journey down winding back roads through the heart of Natchez Trace and beyond. Abby Parks, WLJS-FM
Katherine's amazing voice makes the rafters ring! Her smooth, rich alto, combined with outstanding songwriting and guitar work, captivates the audience wherever she goes. Energy is her middle name. Wanda Adams Fischer, WAMC-FM / Albany, NY
Katherine Rondeau’s voice holds authenticity and soul in every note. Modern folk music in the finest tradition of the form. Justin Helmer, Frets, KVSC-FM / Minneapolis, MN
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 Chairman for the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway
Don't miss Katherine Rondeau's silky voice and beautiful playing. Be warned: she will mesmerize you! Princeton Folk Music Society