Kathryn Dean’s voice is powerful and distinct, there are not many vocalists who can perform with such intensity yet make it look so effortless. She writes emotionally charged lyrics spiced with provocative hooks such as “Bad girls make the news” and “I’ll show you crazy.” Between songs, she engages the crowd with devilishly coy banter like “Who’s easier, guys or girls?” That’s why, when Kathryn Dean performs, she not only owns the stage, she commands the entire room.
Such was the case the Saturday before Halloween when Kathryn’s touring route brought her and guitarist Dario Forzato back to Havana, New Hope, Pennsylvania’s prized room that has hosted a wide range of acclaimed artists such as John Waite, Tiffany, Marshall Crenshaw, and Howie Day. Last week, the stunning vocalist was opening for Anna Nalick (“Breathe 2 a.m.”). When she played the venue last year, it was with Tiffany (“I Think We’re Alone Now”). In between the Tiffany and Anna tours, Dean was on the road in support of American Idol‘s David Cook.
Throughout 2017, Kathryn has been living the rock star life, spending more time traveling and performing than being at home. Over the weeks and months of new cities every day, Kathryn’s fan base has steadily increased to the point where she now has over 200 thousand followers on Facebook. Her affecting single, “City of Angels,” produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums), recently appeared in a promotion for CBS’ S.W.A.T.
Kathryn and Dario kicked off their impressive set with the confident and empowering “Make It Without You.” The pair quickly switched gears for a striking cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” which was followed up by the anthemic single “Bad Girls Make the News.”
“For this next song, I was trying to write an inspirational song… but it turned out super sad,” Kathryn revealed. “So, I coined the term, sadspirational. Feel free to use that. The song is called ‘Broken Home’s Daughter.'”
To wrap up the set, Dean concluded with three of her best songs to date, “Come Get,” “City of Angels,” and the career launching “I’ll Show You Crazy.”
Kathryn Dean is a phenomenal talent who, at just 21, is only beginning to show the world her shine. Check out her website and join “The Dean’s List,” like her on Facebook, and follow her on Instagram and Twitter to make sure you don’t miss a single beat of this remarkable individual’s fast-rising career.