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 deft 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 Reinhert 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, to be released in late 2017, 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 recently returned to performing and creative industries after pursuing a doctoral degree for which she is currently ABD, Reinhert splits her time between New York City and Miami, where she is currently the Head of Contemporary Voice at The University of Miami Frost School of Music. Kat is currently in the production stages of a fourth album of all original material, to be released in late 2018 or early 2019. Drawing from the challenges, experiences, and influences of maintaining an artistic, creative life and relationships while pursuing a parallel passion, this album is sure to delight listeners with its wit, charm, and hope.