Kathleen Jackson Bertrand, multifaceted recording artist and writer, is a native Atlantan and Spelman College graduate, whose national and international performances have ranged from two Olympic Games to performances before two presidents, and appearances at jazz festivals world-wide. Bertrand has toured and recorded as vocalist with jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers and has opened for many of America’s finest jazz artists, including Ray Charles, Will Downing, Rachelle Ferrell, Najee, Roy Ayers, and Kenny G. Her fan base includes radio listeners across the USA as well as in England, Finland, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, and Brazil among others.
She has received numerous honors including the Kuumba Award given by East Point/College Park Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, the inaugural Impact Award from Black Women In Jazz, as well as recognition by the United Negro College Fund as one of “Atlanta’s Legends” and by Spelman College with its distinguished “Alumnae Achievement Award for the Arts & Entertainment.” Bertrand was named the 2015 Jazz Vocalist of the Year by Black Women In Jazz organization. She been an invited performer at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland on three occasions and has made multiple appearances at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, most recently as a 2012 headliner. Additionally, Kathleen has been a featured vocalist at the First Congregational Church “Jazz Vespers” series for more than 15 years.
As a songwriter, Bertrand penned the national theme song for the 100 Black Men of America – What They See is What They’ll Be – as well as several songs on her CDs All of Me, No Regrets, Reasons for the Season, New Standards, and Katharsis, which was released in June 2011 and is still receiving nationwide and world-wide airplay, including 14 weeks on the UK Soul Chart top 30, 6 weeks in the UK Soul Charts Top 10, and 2 weeks at #1. Bertrand and long-time collaborator/ producer Phil Davis are working on her 6th CD release.