Katherine Pritchard

singer-songwriter-guitarist-some other things

biographical information

Tracking the vicissitudes of blonde hair in a dark world . . .

Manhattan singer-songwriter Katherine Pritchard is a gifted word stylist with a beautiful voice and penetrating delivery of worldly and melancholy musings. Pritchard's "melancholic and wise original songs"(Time Out New York) on relational and existential matters are a compelling blend of angst, wit and Sturm and Drang in song, -- the outward expression of an inner dialogue tracking the vicissitudes of blonde hair in a dark world.

Pritchard's visceral singing style and complex lyrics both have evoked comparisons to both the songs of Leonard Cohen and the hip heat of songstress Peggy Lee. Pritchard's strongest influences have been traditional folk songs, jazz, classical music, Broadway musicals, T.S. Eliot, John Donne, Henry James and, last but not least, Warner Bros. cartoons. Pritchard's songs are often riddled, and ribald, with black humor, but at no cost to the accuracy of her steely-eyed observations of love and the misery and mysteries of existence.

Pritchard has been presenting her original songs and sidebar ruminations in cabaret and folk clubs, cafes, bars, poetry events, theatrical productions, bookstores, restaurants, on the radio, and on cable TV, including, The Apollo Theater, The Friars Club, Don't Tell Mama, Club Passim (Boston), Cornelia Street Cafe, Fast Folk Cafe, The Colony Café (Woodstock), Baby Jupiter, Surf Reality, C-Note, CB's Gallery, Triad, Arlene's Grocery, Meow Mix, Rumble in the Red Room/Pulse Theater, the Sacred Clowns Comedy Orchestra, Barnes & Noble, Starbucks, Folk Alliance music conferences, and The New York Public Library. Pritchard's music and live performances have been featured on the radio on WBAI and WNYE in New York City.

Pritchard wrote the theme song (and also sang the vocals) for a TV pilot (Say What?) which was awarded the "Silver Medal for Excellence for Best Impact of Music In Independent Film (Short Films)" by the 2004 Park City Film Music Festival (highlighting outstanding music in film). Say What? was also presented in March 2004 at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival in Brooklyn, New York.

Pritchard's full-length CD, "Double Exposure," includes songs from her solo radio broadcast presented on WNYE's "Anything Goes," produced by Teachers and Writers Collaborative.

Singer-songwriter Pritchard is also a published writer whose works of prose, poetry and humor have appeared in The Village Voice, McCall's, Seventeen, DC Comics, Archie Comics, Nomad's Choir, and HART Magazine, and she is the author of a book of poetry entitled Erotomania.

Pritchard has studied acting with theater director Joseph Chaikin; at the Williamstown Theater in Williamstown, Massachusetts; and at the State University of New York at Purchase with improv master George Morrison. Pritchard has studied creative writing with the author of A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle.

Pritchard is an Artist-in-Residence at the Brydcliffe Arts Colony in Woodstock, New York.