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The Kat

          The Kat has followed the path of great Rock Stars and has worked together with remarkable composers and musicians such as Kevin Bowe, Guy Hans, Boney Fields, Dany Blondeau, Chelsea...


          "I'm the Kat !" is my first album. I knew it would feature Rock & Blues songs as well as other rhythms such as pop, funk and jazz, because life has offered me occasions to meet all sorts of musicians and play different music genres. Then I called my friend Boney Fields and asked him if he would be interested in producing my album. So, Boney answered "Of course It's time to make your Album, let’s go to work" I did not hesitate to contact the best rock songwriters. I was particularly interested in a certain Kevin Bowe, whose memory I had kept since his involvement with the album "Let's Roll" by Etta James; such a memory triggered my desire to get to work. So, little by little, I collected several titles during summer 2009-2010, along with Guy Hans, a composer I discovered on the net. I knocked at some doors and I was lucky to get responses. "Kevin Bowe" instantly sent me six titles. I chose two songs that Boney arranged just to fit my style, and he did this for the entire album. so first we worked with Guy H. recording just his guitar and my voice during 2009-2010's summer, then Chelsea appeared with an incredible motown title: "Lipstick & Tears" that Boney chose to adapt "Pop" with horns and backgrounds...


          I also wrote two songs: "Droit au Blues" featuring J.J.Milteau (harmonica) and "Redescends sur terre" (“Come back to earth”, which, let me say, has nothing to do with God) with the excellent Kenny Neal from Baton-Rouge (Louisiana). I had the opportunity to do a cover by B.J.Sharp's "Never felt no Blues" that Boney had advised me to sing in 1999 I have profited from my previous experience, but I have to wait many years before I was ready to launch such a project. The album would have never sounded the way it does now, if life had not done its job, bringing me enough maturity to interpret some of these compositions.


          I met Boney in 1996 at a special show in Paris, celebrating the release of the Album the "Funkifiknow" which brought together Luther Allison and his son Bernard. I was sure that he was to become a good friend and one of the best actors within the Blues scenario. He introduced me to great artists such as Lucky Peterson, Bernard Allison, Kenny Neal, U.P. Wilson, Maceo Parker... and helped me take the stage everytime he could! The tiltle "I'm the Kat !" comes from the combination of "Katia" and "Cats".A phrased word that musicians used to refer to themselves (those cats). I loved the song the very first time i listened to it. Immediately i said to myself: "That's The Album's name!"


          It is during a painting exhibition of Jean-Paul Bocaj in Avignon (Jazz a S├Ęte posters's creator)last summer that the idea of the painting for the album's cover was born.

So J.P.Bocaj created a "comics-Rock" painting. We knew that it would be a good poster for the Theater's Festival at Avignon, my hometown in july. All the songs of "I'm the Kat!" Are magnificent and perfumed in essential oils of Chicago brought back by brilliant Boney Fields who arranged every title in the style of a fashion designer...



                                                                                                                   The KAT