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“Honey-voiced Kati is building up a reputation…using that gorgeous (no, really gorgeous) instrument to carry the audience away on a river of melody…but it is clear that there is more to Kati…real rhythm and impressive belting…enough to make the mouth water.” BroadwayWorld Cabaret
Kati Neiheisel is a singer who lives in New York City. Originally from Cincinnati, her influences include Karen Carpenter, Rosemary Clooney, and Doris Day. In 2018, Kati was a Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) Award Nominee for Best NY Debut Female. Nitelife Exchange said, “I was happily lost in the stars and give this up-and-coming singing star-in-training an enthusiastic recommendation.” Since her debut, Kati has performed at Don’t Tell Mama, 54 Below, Pangea, The Triad, and Urban Stages.
Although most of Kati’s career had been in the philanthropic sector, she longed to connect to others through song. When her brother Albert, who has Down syndrome, celebrated his 40th birthday by singing in public with complete joy and abandon, he inspired Kati to sing.
In 2012, Kati was introduced to cabaret through Helen Baldassare’s Cabaret Performance Workshop, where she met her musical director, Gregory Toroian. Kati has also studied with Marilyn Maye, and with the late musical director Barry Levitt. Her early supporters and mentors include Deb Berman, Sue Matsuki, and Susan Winter.