Inspired by a rich background of jazz, folk and popular music styles, singer and songwriter Kat Reinhert is an artist whose music defies categorization while seamlessly weaving story and sound with depth, imagination and creativity.
Reinhert writes songs that blend the complexity of jazz harmonies to the lyrical prosody of a singer-songwriter in an easily accessible aural palette. She has a clear and expressive voice that can move effortlessly from a secret whisper of longing to a laughter filled explosion as she moves through each story with authenticity and expression. As a lyricist, she draws from both real-life experiences, as well as those made from whole-cloth or sparked by watching the world with through the lens of an observer. Ever the optimist, Reinhert has a keen ability to dig deep into difficult subjects while never alienating her listeners.
Originally from a small rural town in southern Wisconsin, Kat moved to New York City to attend the famed Manhattan School of Music, where she earned a Bachelors of Music in Jazz/Commercial Voice. Her first original music appeared on a now archived album released in 2001 and Kat continued to lead and sing with various bands. Seeking a new challenge, Kat pursued and obtained a Masters degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. Returning to New York, she released her second album, Chrysalis, her first all-original material release. Reinhert continued to perform throughout NYC as well as lead several national tours.
During the next seven years, Reinhert recorded two albums: Spark, released in 2015 to critical acclaim containing twelve original songs and a RUSH cover, and Home Movie, released in winter 2018, containing nine creative interpretations of folk songs, covers and jazz standards. Spark was produced by David Cook (k) and contains guest artists Julia Pederson (b), Jody Redhage (c), and Jo Lawry, Shayna Steele and Sarah Tolar (bvgs) and both records have Kat's core band of Perry Smith (g), Sam Minaie (b) and Ross Pederson (d).
Having spent the last five years in Miami obtaining a doctoral degree and becoming the Director of Contemporary Voice at The University of Miami Frost School of Music, Reinhert recently relocated back to New York City and has returned to the performing and creative industries full time. Kat is currently in the production stages of a fourth album of all original material, entitled Dead Reckoning, to be released in winter 2020. Drawing from the challenges and experiences of maintaining an artistic creative life and relationships while pursuing a parallel passion in education and research, the songs on this upcoming album are a testament to the honesty, vulnerability, charm, and hope we all discover on our journeys.