Kathie Renner & The Search Party (EPK)
Kathie Renner: vocals, keyboards, guitars & songwriting
Steve Todd: drums & percussion
Shaun Duncan: electric & acoustic bass
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 Kathie is a singer, songwriter, producer and founding member of acclaimed group, Vincent's Chair. She plays the piano and guitar, and has made a life-long journey in the pursuit of developing the craft of songwriting. She is also 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.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance) from Adelaide University, she has since gone on to perform countless performances with her acclaimed band, Vincent's Chair and has toured Europe numerous times. Kathie has also performed with the VC at the Adelaide Fringe and Cabaret Festivals, as well as select music and jazz festivals in Australia and abroad.
Kathie has also worked with The Sisters Of Invention; the first all girl pop group made up of members with a disability in the world. In 2021 they performed to great acclaim at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
In 2019 Kathie released her latest solo recording. Entitled "Inside My Head" it is her third solo studio album.
"Inside My Head" features nine brand new compositions and a cover of the Don McLean song, “Vincent”. The CD was recorded at Wizardtone by Jarrad Payne and boasts arrangements by some of Australia's best and include Rod Ennis (Pete Murray), David Polain (Southern Cross Symphony & 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, Karen De Nardi and Sam Leske with special guest, Hugh Stuckey, on guitar. Her fellow bandmates, Steve Todd (percussion) and Shaun Duncan (bass) are arguably some of the best in Australia.
In 2022 Kathie performed in a brand new musical by Duncan & Erin McKellar, called "A Box Of Memories" which won an Adelaide Fringe award.
She is currently recording her next CD release with acclaimed drummer/producer, Ben Todd (Cirque de Soleil)