Singer-songwriter, Kathie Renner, is an artist who eschews stylistic boundaries to write songs from the heart. Inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Sting, her music is a fusion of sounds from pop to folk and jazz.
Born and raised in PNG she saw a guitar for the first time at the age of nine and decided she had to have one; not really knowing what that meant. Starting with the guitar, and then progressing to the piano, Kathie has made a life-long journey to study all she can about music through the craft of songwriting. But it's her voice that is the real star. A gifted vocalist, Kathie possesses an expressive pure sound reminiscent of Karen Carpenter, and makes certain that every song she sings gives a true representation of herself.
Having studied at Adelaide University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music majoring in Voice Performance, she has since gone on to perform countless piano-bar gigs as a soloist, and with her acclaimed band, Vincent's Chair, has toured Europe five times. She has also performed with the group at the Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Festivals, as well as select music and jazz festivals in Australia and abroad.
Kathie has just released her latest solo recording. Entitled "Inside My Head" it is her third solo studio album.
The new recording features nine brand new compositions and a cover of the Don McLean song, “Vincent”. The CD was recorded at Wizardtone and boasts arrangements by some of Australia's best and include Rod Ennis (Pete Murray), David Polain (SA Police Band & Adelaide Wind Orchestra) and Belinda Gehlert (Zephyr String Quartet & Ruby Frost Quartet)
The songs range in styles from jazz standards, folk-pop songs and cinematic soundscapes which reference a variety of eras ; all of which evoke a timeless feel. With a broad palette of sounds and timbres to draw from, Kathie has flexed her writing and arranging flair to explore her potential as both writer and vocalist. It is her most mature work to date and features many of Adelaide's finest musicians including Adam Page, Dave McEvoy, Belinda Gehlert and Karen De Nardi, with special guest, Hugh Stuckey, on guitar from New York city. Her fellow bandmates, Steve Todd (percussion) and Shaun Duncan (bass) are arguably some of the best in Australia.