Award Winning Vocalist & Recording Artist
["key ah´ vo lah"]
1997 Female Vocalist of the Year, contemporary /Society For the Preservation
of Bluegrass Music
1997 Nomination for International Artist of the Year on an Independent label,
British Country Music Awards
1998 Nomination for Female Vocalist of the Year, contemporary /Society For the
Preservation of Bluegrass Music
The Voice...the find of the country year Tony May, FOLK ROOTS. Kathy's
HARVEST , features special guests Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Tony Rice, Bela
Fleck, John Cowan, Bill Monroe, Vince Gill and her band: world champion
fiddler Randy Howard, Brent Truitt, mandolin; and Roy Huskey, bass. The
Chicago Tribune hailed it as one of the top five bluegrass CDs of The
songs span traditional bluegrass to the contemporary songs of Peter Rowan,
Marcus Hummon, John Hartford, Bob Lucas & two originals. Her duet with Bill
Monroe is believed to be his last vocal recording.
Kathy's debut CD LABOR OF LOVE gathered unanimous critical acclaim.
in the UK, it was London's Tower Records No. 1 country CD for two weeks
reached No. 2 on the UK country chart. Kathy's other recordings include
Mercury Records' A PICTURE OF HANK. Butch Baldassari and Randy Howard
recorded Kathy's instrumental compositions.
Kathy has toured the US and Europe extensively. Before forming her own
group, she toured with The Doug Dillard Band, Vassar Clements, The Country
Gazette, Jerry Douglas & Mark O'Connor.
Kathy was named 1995 Backup Vocalist of the Year in Nashville Music Awards.
Among the hundreds of artists she has backed in the studio are Garth Brooks,
Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Bill
Monroe, and she appears in Emmy Lou's video Thanks To You. She has sung
jingles for State Farm Insurance, McDonalds and Country Time Lemonade and is
featured in a 1996 BBC documentary singing How Great Thou Art.
Kathy grew up singing folk, blues and rock in Kansas City, MO and was then
awarded a scholarship to the Oberlin Conservatory of Music where she earned
B.M. & M.M. in voice. She studied in a doctoral program at Indiana U. with
Metropolitan Opera star Eileen Farrell and has sung opera professionally. She
is a voice instructor at Belmont University and endorses D^ŇAddario strings.
She serves on the board of directors for the Nashville chapters of American
Federation of Television and Radio Artists, L'Alliance Francaise, and
International Bluegrass Music Museum.
Only superlatives can describe this stunning album. Wonderfully sung,
superbly played, but, more importantly, constructed with care and not
constrained within the bluegrass straitjacket.
Chiavola is simply a highly talented bluegrass-style performer who possesses
a golden ear for great songs plus the sterling voice and delivery needed to do
them justice. Bluegrass Unlimited
This is by far the best release this year. Bradford Telegraph & Argus
a follow up of the highest order......one of the most beautiful voices
around. Her poise and total command of the material echoing class at every
turn. Country Music Roundup
LABOR OF LOVE
I love this voice. I love this woman. I love this record. Robert K.
The Voice...the find of the country year.Folk Roots
Stunning! Country Music People
Chiavola has one of the sweetest and most sought after session voices in
Time and time again her stunning performance raised the roof.. Country
I adore Kathy's wonderful voice and so did this festival audience. She
a musical spell over all of us that I will long cherish...an unforgettable
performance. International Country Music News and Routes
Backed by just her own guitar and the hugely expressive fiddle work of world
champion Randy Howard, she enthralled the audience with a vocal purity, pitch
and control that was nothing short of beautiful... Country MusicPeople
Kathy, the voice, holds any audience spellbound when she sings, we sat
there absolutely entranced as did other members of the audience. Randy
Howard's fiddle playing has to be seen to be believed. What a combination
these two artistes make. Absolute bliss. North Country Music