A Brief History
KACEE, a native of Northern California, began singing at the age of 5.
She studied many instruments throughout her youth, but it was singing
that captured her attention and her heart. She began studying voice at
15 years of age. At 17, she left home to attend University of the Pacific
in Stockton, California and was fortunate enough to be able to study at
their Conservatory of Music. She studied many styles, including classical,
jazz, baroque and improvisation, was a soloist for a variety of vocal
ensembles, and was honored to represent the Conservatory as their jazz
It was during her time at U.O.P. Kacee began singing professionally,
learning the art of commercial recording through jingles, songwriter
demos and soundtrack work. After graduating, she brought her voice
and experience to Los Angeles, where she began a studio singing
career and modeling in commercials, print ads and feature films.
She has since established herself as a successful recording artist,
arranger and producer, stage actor, and commercial singer.
In the summer of 2001, Kacee was cast in the role of a lifetime:
playing the lead in "Love,
Janis," an off-Broadway extreme rock musical about the
life and music of the legendary Janis Joplin. Her name was
thereafter inked on a very short list of women who continually
perform the role in cities throughout the U.S. Over the years,
she has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with good friend
and recording artist Beth
Hart, Tony-nominated Amelia
Campbell, and Cleveland blues diva Mary
Bridget Davies. On April 1, 2007, Kacee closed a very successful run at Kansas City Repertory Theatre's
brand new multi-million dollar Copaken Stage. In the spring and
summer of 2009, she once again took the stage at the Downstairs
Cabaret Theatre in Rochester, New York.
Big Brother & The Holding CO.
In 2002, Kacee was asked to join Big
Brother & the Holding Co., Janis Joplin's original San
Francisco-based band, as their lead vocalist. She toured with
BBHC until late 2004, performing throughout Europe and the
U.S. for packed venues full of screaming fans, carving out
a name for herself, and solidifying her reputation as a raw
and energetic power-house. Currently, and as her schedule
allows, Kacee is honored to be part of this legendary assemblage.
Kacee released her debut CD, Seeing Red, in 1996 and quickly found herself immersed in the vast talent pool of Los Angeles, working with amazing players/singers such as Danny Jacob, Coco Montoya, Ray Brinker, Tom Lilly, T Lavitz and vocalist Robbie Wyckoff.
Mama Came To Sing
Kacee's sophomore effort, Mama Came to Sing, delivers the
raw vocals and powerful lyrics that are the cornerstone of
Kacee's songwriting. She teamed up with co-writers and close
friends, Tom Lilly and Jon
Nichols, relationships that were proven magical indeed.
Kacee was honored to work with many of her other close friends
and musical peers: Ray
Drummond, David Crozier, Yvonne Perea and Maureen Baker.
Beth Hart Band
Kacee was privileged to join power-house rock singer and
friend, recording artist Beth
Hart, to support her 2003 release, Leave the Light On,
as a background singer. Although Kacee is no longer part of this hard-hitting ensemble, she remains close to them and is a huge fan.
Kacee joined forces as a background singer with the legendary
on his 2005 Heart & Soul world tour. She completed a second tour to support the release of Hymn For My Soul, which wrapped up in early 2008.
Los Angeles College of Music
In 2008, Kacee joined the staff at Los Angeles College of Music (formerly LA Music Academy), where she helped design both the Rock and Performance Programs. She continues to teach classes, workshops, and private lessons as time permits.
In the summer of 2008, Kacee's experience as a background singer and her long lost degree in Spanish combined to secure her the gig of a lifetime: singing behind the incomparable Luis Miguel on his "Complices" tour. She was honored to work with this incredible team of musicians until the spring of 2012.
One Night With Janis Joplin
Kacee joined this production in the spring of 2013. Created and directed by Randy Johnson, this Broadway bound rock musical is a high energy exploration of Janis and her musical influences. Kacee is performing the role at ZACH Theatre in Austin, TX and San Jose Repertory Theatre in San Jose, CA.
A Night with Janis Joplin
In 2013-14, a dream came true when Kacee was cast as the alternate lead on Broadway in this extraordinary rock musical created and directed by Randy Johnson. She has since played the alternate lead at The Pasadena Playhouse and the primary lead at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle and the Alley Theatre in Houston.
In the fall of 2015, Kacee joined the incredible ensemble in the world premier of Breaking Through, playing Karina du Soleil, an aging rock star who serves as a cautionary tale for the lead, played by Alison Luff, a young, talented singer/songwriter who is trying to navigate the treacherous, shark-filled waters of the music industry and embarks on a compelling journey to find her way back to her authentic self. Breaking Through is directed by the amazing Sheldon Epps and features a score by Emmy award-winning songwriter and producer Cliff Downs (The Voice, American Idol), and Katie Kahanovitz (Girls Night Out Pop Radio), with a book by Kirsten Guenther (Mrs. Sharp, 2008 Richard Rodgers Award-winner; the upcoming Benny and Joon).