Born: August 4, 1953 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Katie Eagleson has been singing in the Philadelphia area for over 25 years. Her varied performance experiences have led to a diverse repertoire, but it is in her interpretation of the Great American Songbook where she truly shines. She has the ability to sing with great attention to detail coupled with emotional depth. Fellow musicians, as well as listeners, comment on Katie’s great pitch, diction, and ability to swing. At the same time, her voice has been described as “soulful” and “as though she truly means every word.” As one reviewer put it, “She displays a stunning vibrato that she uses for touching emotional impact.”
When Katie sings, it is clear that she has great respect and appreciation for the composer. Performing songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, the Bergmans, etc., she delivers the lyrics, whether sad, romantic, or funny, with great sincerity. “A song is likely to become a favorite of mine if the words express something I can sing with emotional honesty,” said Katie. “When those words are combined with well-crafted music, I think the impact of each is intensified. And that to me is magic.”
Although Katie studied music and voice at Temple University, Neupauer Conservatory, and privately, her real training began in the family station wagon. “My earliest memory is riding in the car with my mom, singing along with the radio, to a Patti Page song called “Let Me Go, Lover,” except I was singing “Ging Ging Go, Gover” because I was two,” recalled Katie. “My mother taught me and my sisters a lot of songs that we could sing in harmony.” Katie’s early influences include the great singers of American popular song, such as Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, and Nat King Cole. Starting in her teens, she listened to contemporary folk singers such as Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, and later to the eclectic choices of Linda Ronstadt.
Katie began her professional career with a band that did private functions and she continues to work with several local bands in that capacity. She has also been the featured vocalist with two Big Bands. Along the way she has done recording work, singing background vocals, jingles, and demo versions for local songwriters. In the mid-eighties, Katie met her husband, Lenny Pierro, while playing in a band together. A few years later they began working together as a duo and in small ensembles at hotels and restaurants in the Philadelphia area, most notably a two and a half year run at “Between Friends” restaurant at the Wyndham Hotel. It was there that they cultivated the repertoire that eventually led to the recording of her first album.
In May 2007, Katie released her debut CD, “Once Upon A Time” recorded at Grammy Award-winning MorningStar Studios. “Making a record has been something I’ve wanted to do for about 30 years,” stated Katie. “It’s really a milestone in my life and my career. It’s been challenging, and fulfilling, and exciting to record my interpretations of these songs with such great musicians. I appreciated every minute of the experience.”
ARTICLE in The Intelligencer
She wraps her voice all around her lyrics “Once Upon A Time,” Katie Eagleson’s first CD, is an emotional, passionate and energized interpretation of the Great American Songbook.
REVIEW from The Bulletin
Eagleson's voice gives a new vibrancy to the collection of old favorites by her unabashed emotional interpretation of the classics.
REVIEW from eJazzNews.com
This album will please the aficionados of the great American songbook, guaranteed.
Willing to teach:
I have been giving private singing lessons in the Philadelphia area since the late 1980’s. I love to teach. I love to teach because I get to spend time every day with people who want to express themselves musically. I love to teach because it’s exciting to introduce my students to music they might not listen to otherwise. I love to teach because I can watch a child or an adult be transformed from someone who is afraid to be heard, to someone who finds his or her own voice. I love to teach because of all I get from the relationships I develop with my students.
Not everyone is born with a good ear or the potential for a great voice, but I believe everyone can improve, and that there is value in the pursuit.
For more information: Katie@katieeagleson.com
I teach at the following music studios:
DeLuca Music, Hatboro, PA 215-674-1401
Springfield Music, Springfield, PA 610-543-2244
Sound Music Studio, Willow Grove, PA 215-659-0899