Kathleen’s earliest memory is sitting in a highchair singing “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia In An Onion Patch,” which is some indication of her age. During her youth she and her sister Claire, known as the Carney Sisters, sang in church, at school and for local organizations.

While earning a Journalism degree from Mundelein College of Loyola University Chicago, Kathleen took more music classes than courses required in her field. In her career as a writer, she was editor at a national corporation headquartered in Chicago and worked as a freelance communications consultant.  Even though she was also raising two sons, Kathleen found time to sing with the North Shore Choral Society, the Friday Evening Consort madrigalists and other groups in Chicago.

Kathleen has performed as a church soloist and in a variety of San Diego area venues, as well as a monthly residency at Hotel Indigo in Del Mar.  She studied with jazz pianist Danny Green, jazz vocalist Allison Adams Tucker, and classical vocalist Salvador Padilla.

Chemotherapy and a long illness made it impossible for Kathleen to sing as she had in the past.  She used the opportunity to go deep and find a new vocal style.  Kathleen sees this as a gift in disguise and feels that she has found her true, authentic voice.