A native of Eugene, Oregon, Katie King began listening to jazz at the age of eleven. Beginning with Billie Holiday and moving to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Carmen McRae, she learned how to stylize her vocals through listening to their albums.
Since landing in Seattle in 1990, Katie has become a bright light in Seattle’s already glowing cadre of jazz performers, building her reputation as one of the area’s best and most versatile jazz singers.
Katie shares her wealth of knowledge and experience as a jazz artist with vocal students at Seattle Central College.
She emphasizes breathing, rhythm, intonation, how to begin and end a song, finding and remembering the right key for each tune, and above all, how to use your uniqueness as your strongest tool.
Nice community, positive & supportive. Katie is a damn sharp musician and fabulous/talented education.