KAT RIGGINS (USA)
(pictures: Bert Lek)
Kat Riggins was born Katriva
Riggins in Miami, Florida on February 7, 1980. She grew up in a household where
there was always background music. Because of the wide range of genres in her
parents collection, Kat developed a love for all types of music from gospel and
soul to country and rock and everything in between.
She was drawn to the smokey
gritty sounds of artists like Bessie Smith, Sam Cooke, Nina Simone, Tina Turner,
Denise LaSalle, Etta James, Ray Charles, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin and the list
goes on. She grew up singing in local programs, church events, and family
gatherings with her sister and cousins. At age 23 Kat landed a gig singing jazz
and blues standards in a small lounge in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida with the
accompaniment of only a piano player. Since then she has performed throughout
Florida, New Orleans, Vietnam, Thailand, China, South Korea, Curacao, Germany,
Belgium and The Netherlands so far.
Kat's own musical style is a
blend of the blues with hip hop, pop, rock,gospel and even country music.
With her first two works, an EP
called "Seoul Music" and an original album called "Lily Rose"
Kat penned each song with subtle hints of her love of the blues. Her latest
album, aptly named after her band "Blues Revival" is a loud and proud
declaration of that love!
"Blues Revival" is a clever mashup of gospel-blues, blues-rock, funky blues, contemporary and traditional blues, with BLUES being the operative word! With this and albums to come, Kat Riggins's focus is to be a part of this musical revolution that aims to awaken the masses and introduce them to the sincerity behind blues music.
Her European September 2017 tour
was something to remember!
With shows in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, and lots of great reviews and comments.
And for 2018 there is already some interesting news: Kat Riggins will be part of the Dutch Theatre Blues Tour with Johan Derksen, a true blues ambassador from the Netherlands.
KING BEE MUSIC TOUR DATES:
SEPTEMBER 2018 will bring her back to Europe for some more gigging (Holland, Germany, Norway !)