Kacee, Recording artist, arranger, producer, stage actor, vocal coach, live performer and commercial singer
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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 vocalist.

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.


Love, Janis
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.


Seeing Red
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 Brinker, Jon Greathouse, Janelle Sadler, Robbie Wyckoff, Ryan Drummond, David Crozier, Yvonne Perea and Maureen Baker.


Beth Hart Band

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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.



Joe Cocker

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Kacee joined forces as a background singer with the legendary Joe Cocker 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.



Luis Miguel

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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.



Breaking Through

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).


 


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