Kathy Chiavola

Kathy Chiavola is an internationally renowned singer, songwriter and guitarist.  She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in vocal performance/opera theater at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and studied in a doctoral program at Indiana University before moving to Nashville in 1980.

Kathy backed World Champion and 2017 National Fiddler Hall of Fame inductee Randy Howard in fiddle contests and concerts around the world during their nine year partnership. Kathy has also backed Buddy Spicher, Mark O’Connor, Vassar Clements, Stuart Duncan, Barbara Lamb, Craig Duncan, Glen Duncan, Bobby Hicks, Benny Martin, Shad Cobb and Aubrey Haynie.  Kathy judged the SPBGMA band contest for many years and the Kerrville Bluegrass Band Contest.

Kathy's four critically acclaimed albums are Somehow, a collection of all original songs, from bluegrass to jazz, featuring 
guests Victor Wooten, Edgar Meyer, and Darrell Scott; From Where I Stand, a posthumous, personal tribute to world champion fiddler Randy Howard; The Harvest with guests Chet Atkins, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Bela Fleck, Tony Rice and Bill Monroe and Kathy’s debut Labor of Love.

Kathy has been featured on A Prairie Home Companion three times has recorded with hundreds of artists including Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Bill Monroe, John Hartford, John Oats, Ricky Skaggs, Tammy Wynette, Tony Rice, Vince Gill, 
Kenny Rogers, Victor Wooten and Mark O’Connor. She was named “Outstanding Background Vocalist” in the Nashville Music Awards,1995.

Kathy is a dedicated educator who has led masterclasses in Europe and the USA. She maintains a private voice studio and has been an adjunct voice instructor at Belmont University for over twenty years. Kathy is a respected guitarist and bassist, who endorses D’Addario strings and Martin Guitars. She is a longtime member of the American Federation of Musicians and serves on the board of directors for the Nashville chapter of SAG-AFTRA.

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