CLARION - Clarion native and Billboard charting, award winning jazz and roots recording artist Katherine Farnham has been named one of the youngest 2019 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award recipients.
This comprehensive and prestigious award chronicles Farnham's exceptional achievements as an award-winning recording and spoken word artist, producer, educator, author and humanitarian. Past recipients of this award include Wonder Woman entertainer Lynda Carter and actress Dee Wallace.
A third generation musician, Farnham began performing as leading lady in a school play at the tender age of five, and gave her first jazz vocal solo performance a few months later.
With unforgettable style, a four-octave voice and world-class piano and songwriting chops, the internationally acclaimed artist has been hailed by industry veterans, fans and students as a musical genius.
The classically trained artist studied with her mother, a concert pianist and vocal coach for The Sante Fe Opera. Her mother studied with European concert artist Madame Dayas, who studied with her parents, who studied with legendary pianist/composer Franz Liszt.
Farnham has worked with many renowned musicians, including legendary saxophonist and Grammy winner Kirk Whalum, Latin Grammy winner Nestor Torres and Grammy nominees Mindi Abair and Denny Jiosa.
The singer/songwriter/pianist/producer's intense passion and skill have resulted in a Billboard-charting hit for "Necessary Groove" and in 2018, five music awards including a Global Music Award for Female Vocalist and Producer, and a Producer's Choice Honors and Bose Sound Award for Outstanding Producer/Composer/Arranger.
In 2019, she's racked up another three awards.
Farnham has appeared on Good Morning America, NBC 6, Telemundo and toured throughout the United States and abroad. She has performed at festivals including the Hub City Jazz Festival outside New York City, and on stages with Tito Puente, Jr. and Celia Cruz.
She has even inspired audiences with her formidable courage at major sporting events such as the Ericsson Open (only female artist), Miami Marathon and national dates for NASCAR.
Her award-winning, critically acclaimed Vintage' LP garnered interviews and airplay in U.S., Canada, Europe, South America and Africa along with standing ovation and sold out live performances.
In recognition of this album's significant contributions, it was placed in the jazz archives at the Mediatheque Musicale in Paris, France.
A former Miss Teen Autumn Leaf Festival queen, Farnham was named the top female singer/songwriter in the entire quarter century history run of the Los Angeles music awards. She also has been honored with the prestigious Hollywood F.A.M.E. Award, five Global Music Award medals, a Rotary Outstanding Award and many other awards.
She was the winner of the first annual Autumn Leaf Festival Talent Show. Farnham's fascinating life and career has taken her around the globe to share her music and positive message. She is an avid Pittsburgh Steeler's fan, and supports The Salvation Army, ASPCA, Doctors without Borders and veterans causes.
Farnham plays Steinway pianos and is currently planning a new tour.