Chicago's own Katie Kadan, best known for making it to the top 4 finale and global crowd-favorite on NBC's The Voice, brings her blues-infused style to the Chicago Pride Fest stage on Saturday, October 2.
Kadan's epic vocal prowess is a force of nature.
Her blues-infused style of soul-bearing belting is Kadan's moniker on her original and familiar songs alike, with a constant presence of her roots in the church choirs.
Kadan's passion for song is equally matched by the power, range, control and musicality in her voice, where she can easily flip from R&B to gut-wrenching rock to songs of longing angst with her signature playful growl.
Through her success, Kadan has remained an advocate for confidence and body positivity. She's opened up about her years of insecurities, as well as how she overcame them to become a confident performer.
“I feel I have done my job if people who have been inspired by my story start to talk about it more and do something about it,” Katie explained. “It can be scary to be vulnerable and to put yourself out there and talk about your insecurities and to work through that whole process and to have people reach out and say they feel braver because they watch my story. It makes them want to stick it out and makes them want to change things up. If it makes people want to say they like themselves more, that's awesome. If I can make people feel better…that's wonderful.”
Her first self-titled album, “Katie Kadan”, is available for download and streaming everywhere.
Katie Kadan performs the North Stage at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 2.
The 20th annual Chicago Pride Fest, which is organized by the Northalsted Business Alliance, runs Friday, October 1 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, October 2 and Sunday October 3 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on N. Halsted St. from Addison to Grace.
A $15 suggested donation is recommended. Donations support local nonprofits and fund community projects like the Chicago Pride Crosswalks.
(Katie Kadan image via Vin Reed)