Kathy has been singing professionally in the Bay Area for over 20 years, beginning with The Charmers, a highly entertaining and comedic foursome who performed in the local clubs. They recorded with Eddie Money, backed-up Greg Kihn and Santana (at the BAM awards), and later progressed to writing and recording their own material as The Sirens. This highly creative venture helped Kathy hone her songwriting, guitar-playing and performing skills.
She then joined the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, and later Big Bang Beat, a 13-piece soul review that became a hugely-popular local band and a corporate party favorite. They performed at resorts all over the world (@ events for Toyota, At&T, Sony) in Hawaii, Europe, Istanbul and the Caribbean.
Kathy has performed as a back-up singer with many big names over the years. As part of an in-house band, she sang with Bonnie Raitt, Ronnie Spector (The Ronettes), Barbara Lewis, Eddie Money, Bill Spooner (The Tubes) and also with The Wrecking Crew, featuring Hal Blane and Al Jardine (The Beach Boys).
She also toured with Mickey Thomas Starship, singing lead on Grace Slick's "White Rabbit" and "Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now".
In addition, she has recorded her own material and has put together 2 live bands of her own, handling rehearsals, promotion and booking.
She currently sings motown classics and buried song treasures with The Soul Delights, and is consistently in demand to perform at parties and events with a wide variety of Bay area bands.
FROM THE PRESS:
“..a flawless “Ch-Ch-Chain of Fools” that could have been an outtake from a Lady Soul session..”
- New Look Magazine
“Outstanding are “Little Kathy” Kennedy on tunes like “Heat Wave” and “Chain Of Fools”...”
- Metro Guide
“Roller Coaster” is a superb Motown-style original penned by singer Kathy Kennedy”
- Marin Independent Journal
“Kathy Kennedy kicks ass on “I Want You Back”
- Music Connection
“The Soul Delights have a way with everything they touch, ...three fine vocalists up front .. Katie, Kathy and Charlie swapping lead vocals, perfect harmonies, ...their love of music is infectious.”
- Ben Fong-Torres
“...consorts in harmony, the regal Ms. Guthorn and Kennedy, if they can't get the house rocking, it can't be done.”
- Joel Selvin, Senior Pop Music Critic, San Francisco Chronicle
Big Bang Beat, Mickey Thomas Starship, The Wrecking Crew with Hal Blane, Al Jardine & Peter Tork, The Charmers, The Sirens, The Soul Delights, Super Diamond, David Martin’s Houseparty, Martini Straight Up, The Dick Bright Orchestra, Richard Olsen Orchestras, Larry Lynch & The Mob, Reed Fromer & Friends, Modern Rocketry, The Fabulous Cruisetones, The Robert Vickers Orchestra, Sweet Soul Music, The M.O. Blues Band, Full Motion, Black Market Jazz Orchestra, The Peter Duchin Prchestra, Chain Of Fools, The Bob Hardwick Sound, Dave Denny & Byron Alred (Steve Miller Band), Terry Haggerty, The Suzy Q’s, Full Tilt Woogie, Glenn Walters, Litttle Sister, New Toy, Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, The Kaye Bohler Band, The Charlie Owen Band, Jim Pugh, Tim Kaihatsu & Karl Severeid (Robert Cray Band), Carlos Reyes, Linn Brown, Electric Headband, The City Lights Band, The Garage Band, Beat Street Jam, The Cool Jerks, Joel Nelson Productions, Attraction, Heart & Soul, Dave Margen, Chris Solberg & Alex Ligertwood (Santana), Jeff Tamelier & Dave Garibaldi (Tower Of Power), Greg Kihn, Kenny Johnson (Chris Isaak), Robin Sylvester (Ratdog), Imo, Michael Ward, Buddy Owen Band, World Rhythm Band, Scandur & Company
Kathy has recorded with Eddie Money, Elvin Bishop, Dan Hicks, Bill Spooner of the Tubes, as well as countless other local musicians. She has also recorded commercials for Mattel, Sony Playstation, Dolby Labs and Whole Foods.
Eddie Money, “Live It Up” - CBS
Elvin Bishop, “Big Fun” - Alligator Records
Bill “Sputnik” Spooner, “Mall To Mars” - Gr-ranite Records
Modern Rocketry, “I Feel Love Coming” - Megatone
Blue Oyster Cult, “Imaginos” - CBS
77 El Deora, “The Crown & The Crow’s Confession” -WIR
Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, “The Pitts Bear Down” - Kaleidoscope
TELEVISION & RADIO:
KRON “Children’s Day Around The Bay”
KQED New Year’s Eve Special
KGO “AM San Francisco”
KPIX “The Afternoon Show”
KPIX “The Eyewitness Newsreel” - “Makin’ Music According To Hegedus”
KOFY “Afternoon Classics”
TV 20 “Dance Party”
KNBR “The Frank & Mike Show