Kathy Lamar grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and in 1980, moved to Las Vegas to sing with her friend, pianist Tex Richardson. During her 30-year career in Las Vegas, she sang backup and duos with musicians Wayne Newton, Gladys Knight, The Four Tops, Lola Falana, and Robert Guillaume.
Lamar’s beautiful voice has been heard around the world. Since the early 1990s, she’s performed for months at a time in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Singapore.
She now lives in Grand Rapids where she performs with various local musicians as part of a duo, trio, and quartet.
Lamar was influenced by many different styles of music, from Ella Fitzgerald to Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan and more.
“I sing jazz but I don’t consider myself to be a jazz singer,” Lamar says. “I sing a little bit of everything — whatever direction the spirit takes me.”
After singing for more than 40 years, Lamar feels blessed and says, “Singing is where I feel the most comfortable and I’m the happiest, especially when I see other people digging it, too — that’s the real gift.”