Multifaceted recording artist, producer, and writer Kathleen Bertrand is a native Atlantan, whose performances have ranged from two Olympic Games to performances before two presidents, as well as appearances at jazz festivals world-wide. Bertrand toured and recorded as vocalist with jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers. This three-octave vocal artist has an extensive performance history:
- Invited performer at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on three occasions
- Multiple appearances at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, including that of headliner in 2012, as part of the Nina Simone Tribute Ensemble in 2015, 2017 producer of “Celebrating Sarah, Honoring the Music of Sarah Vaughan” featuring Bertrand and 6 other vocalists, and main stage return in 2022.
- Opened for many of America’s finest jazz artists, including Ray Charles, Will Downing, Rachelle Ferrell, Najee, Roy Ayers, and Kenny G.
- Fan base includes radio and internet listeners across the USA as well as in England, Japan, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, and Brazil among others.
As a songwriter she penned the national theme song lyrics for the 100 Black Men of America – “What They See is What They’ll Be” – as well as several songs on her CDs All of Me, No Regrets, Reasons for the Season, New Standards, Katharsis, which was released in June 2011 and is still receiving nationwide and world-wide airplay, including 14 weeks on the UK Soul Chart top 30, 6 weeks in the UK Soul Charts Top 10, and 2 weeks at #1, and her most recent CD, It’s Time to Love, which is receiving international airplay.
Among the numerous honors Bertrand has received for her jazzy vocal stylings and arts contributions
- The Kuumba Award given by East Point/College Park, GA Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.
- The inaugural Impact Award from Black Women in Jazz,
- Recognition by the United Negro College Fund as one of “Atlanta’s Legends,”
- The “Contribution to the Arts” Award by the Pi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.,
- The 2016 Georgia Highlight Award given by the Georgia Entertainment Gala,
- The Civic Award for the Arts presented by the Southern Area of The Links, Incorporated, and
- Recognition by Spelman College with its distinguished “Alumnae Achievement Award for the Arts & Entertainment.”
- Voted 2015 Jazz Vocalist of the Year by Black Women in Jazz
- Recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Spelman College in April 2018
Recently Bertrand has been producer of music revues such as “Sisters in Song: Saluting Jazz’s Greatest Divas” for multiple venues in Atlanta and Charlottle, and “Three Keys to Jazz” for the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. In her spare time, she serves as executive producer and founder of BronzeLens Film Festival, an Academy Award qualifying film festival and one of only 3 such designations in the state of Georgia.