KathyKennedy

Find your voice and the freedom and skills to express your music!

Kathy has enjoyed a long performance career in the San Francisco music scene. As a lead singer in one of the Bay Area's most sought-after party bands, she has performed before thousands at corporate events around the world, opening for acts like Sheryl Crow, Donna Summer and Tony Bennett.

Kathy is consistently in demand to perform with a variety of bands and sings R&B, Pop/Rock and Jazz. She brings 20 + years of real world experience as a singer to her thriving teaching practice. Her voice students rave about her and how she has helped them develop the technical skills they need to feel confident about their voices.

 

“Kathy has an amazing ear and an uncanny ability to isolate and fix problem areas. She truly is one of the most gifted teachers I've ever had the pleasure of working with.”
- Ken N., San Francisco

“Kathy is an awesome voice trainer. She knows what your problems are and helps you correct them in an encouraging and effective way. ”
- Maurice, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Kathy Kennedy
Vocalist and Singing Instructor
Email: kathyk7@sbcglobal.net
Home: (510) 540-5472
Cel: (510) 919-3828

  Kathy Featured in The San Francisco Chronicle!

Voice Coach Kathy Kennedy Helps People Sing
Edward Guthman, Special to The Chronicle

Photos: Brant Ward, The Chronicle

Paying the bills on a pop singer's income is a rocky road. That's what Kathy Kennedy, a Bay Area music veteran who sings with Big Bang Beat and the Soul Delights, discovered.

Kathy Kennedy
Kathy Kennedy, who has sung with several Bay Area rock groups, started The Voice Studio in San Francisco, Calif. to help singers work on their harmony, pitch and voice problems.

In 1995. Kennedy became a voice coach to supplement her performing income. She sees students at her home in the Berkeley hills, and also at the Voice Studio on Potrero Hill, which she co-owns with singer Katie Guthorn. Kennedy is single, and was born and raised in North Oakland.

"This voice method teaches you to how to go from one part of your voice into the next. Negotiating the bridges from chest voice into head voice, back and forth seamlessly.

It's a lot healthier for your voice. I've had singers come in with nodules on their vocal cords. That can happen if they push their voice too hard, or yell up from the chest to hit the high notes. That totally strains the voice.

I have also taught this method to other voice teachers - I've done that here in San Francisco as well as many other parts of the world.

I get such a variety of people coming through here. I get moms that want to sing lullabies to their kids at night. I get people that sing in church and want to be better. I get people that sing with their friends or do karaoke. And I get singer/songwriters and people currently performing in bands. I'd say maybe 25 percent of my students are trying to make a career of it.

Some people take half-hour lessons, some a full hour. The first part of every lesson is scales. We're going to get the voice to work from low to high and back and forth on some scale patterns. Then we work on the songs they've brought in.

I love it when people bring in the stuff they want to do. I'm never going to tell someone, "I think you should do this song" unless they ask for specific suggestions. And I wouldn't tell someone what style to sing in, unless a style is really detrimental to their voice.

I had a young boy who just wanted to sing Kurt Cobain - really raspy, yell-y. I said, "Every time you sing with this guy, you're doing all the bad stuff that he's doing. So let's find another singer in the rock style who's not going to encourage such bad habits in you."

I love it when I see a lightbulb go off - when I've said something or gotten a student to feel something they've never felt before. When you get that sort of normal person who never thought they could do anything as a singer, and you get them to experience a huge change in their voice - that's so exciting for me.

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Kathy Kennedy (left) works with singer Jodie Strecker at her studio.

I think I help people feel good about themselves, about their voices. At one point when I was looking at second careers other than singing, I thought about becoming a therapist. And in teaching, I found a way to kind of include the therapy aspect, the music aspect and singing, which I've been doing myself for years in bands.

So for me teaching was kind of perfect - it encompassed all of that. And you know, some people do come in with baggage. "My dad told me: Don't ever sing" or "I sound horrible." Sometimes we have to talk about that stuff a little bit, just get it out in the open.

I sometimes wonder why people are so self-conscious about their voices. I mean, are keyboard players that self-conscious about learning their instrument? No, because when we sing we are the instrument. Our bodies are what's producing the sound.

I like to remind people: This is all equipment. You just need to learn how to use the equipment a lot better - your breath, your vocal cords, your resonating chambers. Lots of people think, "I'm either born with a great voice or I'll never be good." and that's so not true. You get a little training and you can get a lot better!

 

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