Kathy Ingraham is an experienced vocalist who has sung on TV and radio commercials for organizations such as McDonald’s, Chrysler, ABC Network, Coke, Pepsi, and many more. Kathy launched her artistic career in 2014 and has since completed several solo projects and singles, working with an impressive roster of artists and composers, including Grammy-winning composer Henri Krieger, Luther Vandross, Meatloaf, Marc Cohn, Michael Bolton, Richie Havens, Michael Kamen, and several more. Her latest single “That’s What Crazy Lovers Do”, is an original jazz track that features the legendary Pete Levin on piano.
Kathy Ingraham is clearly surrounded by outstanding musicians here, as witnessed in the nearly 3 minute instrumental. Kathy is a fantastic talent, with an amazing voice, and a very versatile style. And I must admit she exceeded even my high expectations on this track. The other great thing is that this is a very minimalistic, trio-styled track, just Kathy’s fantastic voice with very little instrumentation, which makes this even more special, and a very intimate experience.
Stylistically, she fuses the naked, febrile emotion of a Parisian-styled chanteuse with the coquettish artifice of an American blues singer and comes up with a unique sound defined by a hushed, torch-song-like delivery complete with a tremulous vibrato.
Her approach is decidedly smooth, but it’s also high on emotion. Kathy Ingraham gift for conveying intimacy is beautiful expressed on “That’s What Crazy Lovers Do”, where her sonorous voice floats over a skeletal but telling arrangement.
Kathy serves up sultry tones and piquant timbres, commanding the microphone while her voice communes intimately with our hearts and souls. Her performance is polished and the overall sound quality is superb. Throughout, her subtle, effortless vocals prove an ideal fit for this particular Jazz style.
Far from sounding forced or affected, Kathy Ingraham sounds laidback, natural and very much in her element on “That’s What Crazy Lovers Do”, as if she was simply born to do this. Kathy takes a refined, highly accomplished approach here, placing her focus more in the nuance of the phrasing than ornamental runs and vocal flourishes that ultimately would add little substance to the song.
Like the greatest vocal practitioners of Jazz, she relies more on an innate knowledge of her craft and a masterful ability to convey emotions with the least amount of unnecessary vocal embellishments. “That’s What Crazy Lovers Do” perfectly conveys this dichotomy, with Kathy Ingraham restraining her voice where needed, pushing it when necessary, and displaying masterful control of the softer, more intimate parts of her range throughout.
It’s yet another indication of Kathy’s sense of knowing her way around a song, allowing her voice to rise in conjuncture with the arrangement, and remaining atop the other instruments. Her performance is intended for adjectives like “smoldering” and “sultry”. After listening to “That’s What Crazy Lovers Do”, I have the distinct feeling that anything she does is worthy of attention.