About Me

Katani tried to do what was expected of a young, bright and gifted Brown University graduate; she became an executive in a large well-known corporation. In fact, she became the first African-American Unit Manager in New England in the history of this corporation. Despite her successes, deep down inside Katani felt that her most precious gift was the gift of song. Everyone who hears Katani experiences her undeniable talents, her vitality, confidence and intelligence. Now, even with a Master’s degree from Harvard, she still yields to the call within to spread the good news in pursuit of her purpose.

Katani’s talents and experiences are far reaching in the areas of singing (Gospel, Jazz, R&B), theatrical productions (as featured performer as well as producer, director or vocal arranger). She is perhaps best known as the “Inspirational MC” at the Original House of Blues’-Sunday Gospel Brunch where she was a featured performer as well as the MC for ten years. Katani can now be seen fronting her own band or as the lead female vocalist for Manhattan Touch band, singing the anthem at a Celtic’s game, or as a featured vocalist at Symphony Hall for Gospel Night at the Pops.

Following is a sampling of some of the experiences and appearances of this gifted artist:

Vocal Performances/Affiliations:
Band Leader and Lead Vocalist-Katani Sumner and the Krew
-Debut, January 2014, Newport, RI-"The Guardsmen" Event
International HOB/Blues Schoolhouse Band
-Vocalist/Narrator Sept. 2011-present
Scullers Jazz Club-September 2013
Featured Artist-GospelFest Boston 2012
-City Hall Plaza
Sunday Gospel Brunch, House of Blues/Boston
-Inspirational MC 2009-2010

Manhattan Touch Band-Lead female vocalist 2009-2012

Boston RedSox/Fenway Park 
-National anthem singer, August 2009

Original House of Blues, Harvard Sq.
-Sunday Gospel Brunch Host/Performer 1993-2003

Boston Community Choir-Pops’ Gospel Night
-Featured soloist at Symphony Hall since 1997

Boston Celtics/TD Banknorth Garden
-National anthem, featured singer semi-annually since 2000

Governor Deval Patrick Inauguration Celebration
-Featured performer, MFA Boston 2008

The Boston Home’s 125th Anniversary Celebration
-Featured talent and opener for Livingston Taylor

House of Blues/Boston Harbor Hotel
-Featured vocalist, “Ladies Sing the Blues”

Cambridge River Festival-Gospel Tent

Rollins Ross’ “Lifeforce” 
-Lead Vocalist (R&B Dance Band)

Brown University’s Voices of Inspiration Gospel Choir
-Director and Lead Vocalist

Salvation Corporation Community Choir, Boston-Lead vocalist

“Appointed”-Gospel Ensemble, Lead Vocalist

New Bedford Jazz Festival-Featured Vocalist

National Center of Afro-American Artists/Children of Black Persuasion

Opening Artist for:
Kim Burrell-Gospel Fest Boston, City Hall Plaza-2012
Hezekiah Walker
Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers
Rodney Posey
Background vocals for Marvin Winans at Symphony Hall, 2007
Background vocals for Mariah Carey (Gospel Choir)
Background vocals for Chaka Khan, Carl Anderson & Debra Briggs, 2001
Background vocals for Yolanda Adams live in Boston, 1996

Television Appearances:
Featured Artist, Sunday-with Liz Walker, 2008
Giant Class regional commercial-currently airing
Chronicle (New England News Magazine)-House of Blues Gospel Brunch feature
Urban Update-Black Nativity feature piece
Cable program “Soundcheck”-featured artist

Theatrical Productions:
“Black Nativity” (Langston Hughes’ gospel songplay)-featured vocalist
“Hair”-Brown University Production, Lead Actress/Vocalist
Rites and Reason Theater’s Equity Production of “Clean Sheets Don’t Soil”-Akin Babatunde, Dir.
“For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide…” (Brown University), Vocal Director

"Delayed Not Denied" -Katani, CD Independent Release, September, 2012
“All I Wanna Do”-Katani, Original/Independent Release, 2001
Allen & Allen’s, A-Blazing Grace, “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”-Vocals and arrangement.
The Baystate Choral Chapter’s, Paradise, Lead Vocals on title cut.

Katani is also a talented songwriter and producer, so please listen, enjoy and experience the inspiration.
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