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|Born||February 21, 1969|
|Genres||Psychedelic rock, Folk rock, Blues rock|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Narrator|
|Instruments||Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar|
citation needed]  is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and narrator from the Chicago suburbs in Illinois. She is the lead singer for the band Jefferson Starship and her own Cathy Richardson Band, and has performed the Janis Joplin parts for Joplin's former band Big Brother and the Holding Company.[
Richardson grew up in west suburban Burr Ridge, Illinois,  Before starting her music career, Richardson worked as an auto mechanic and as a cashier at her father's gas station. 
She portrayed Janis Joplin in the 2001 original off-Broadway run of Love, Janis and much of the touring performances. She also sang Janis' vocal parts for Big Brother and the Holding Company during many of their recent[when?] live shows.
In 2008, Richardson became the new vocalist for San Francisco band Jefferson Starship and appears  and as vocalist with Jefferson Starship on PBS's 2011 60s Pop, Rock & Soul television show, performing "White Rabbit" and "Somebody to Love".
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- Moon, Not Banana (1993) Jessica Records
- Fools on a Tandem (1995) Jessica Records
- Snake Camp (1998) Bloody Nurse Records
- Buzzzed (2001) Bloody Nurse Records
- The Road to Bliss (2003) Cash Rich Records
- Delusions of Grandeur (2006) Cash Rich Records
- All Excess... Live @ The Park West (1996) Jessica Records
Compilation albums featuring tracks by Cathy Richardson
- Songs of Janis Joplin: Blues Down Deep (1997) House of Blues Records (song "Try Just a Little Bit Harder")
- Jim Peterik and World Stage (2000) Jim Peterik and Cathy Richardson (songs "Diamonds For Stones" and "From Here To Hereafter")
- Sweet Emotion: Songs of Aerosmith (2001) (song "Last Child")
- Here Come the Irish (2003) The O'Neill Brothers (Cathy is featured on the song "Here Come the Irish")
- Judgement Day, Songs of Robert Johnson (2004) (song "Preachin' Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)")
- Folksongs of Illinois, Vol. 4 (2011) (Cathy is featured on the Woody Guthrie song "Old Chy-Car-Go")
Download Only Single
- What I Am (2015) Chance Music (available through ITunes)
Side project albums and guest appearances
Cathy Richardson along with members of The Insiders
- Kickbutt City, USA (1998)
- Undefined (vocals on track "Spank Me") (2000)
- Jefferson's Tree of Liberty (2008)
- Air Play (2011)
- The Other Side (2010)
- Macrodots Two (2015)
- Soeder, John (October 21, 2008). "Revamped Jefferson Starship sets course for Cleveland, with Paul Kantner at helm". The Plain Dealer. Cleveland, Ohio. Archived from the original on December 4, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2011. Additional , December 3, 2011
- Kilian, Michael (2001-04-26). "Janis Joplin's stand-in reaches the big time". Chicago Tribune (online ed.). Chicago. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
- Flick, Larry (2002-01-26). "Continental Drift". Billboard. p. 18. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
- Simonson, Robert (2001-12-03). "Beth Hart Joins Love, Janis Nov. 29-Dec. 31". Playbill (online ed.). Retrieved 2017-05-10.
- "Complete list of 46th annual Grammy winners and nominees". Chicago Tribune (online ed.). Associated Press. 2008-07-12. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
- "'60s Pop, Rock & Soul (My Music): Airs Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. on KPBS TV". San Diego, California: KPBS Public Media. 2013-08-23. photograph caption. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
Above: San Francisco supergroup Jefferson Starship, originally known as Jefferson Airplane, offer their era-defining anthem "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit" in "60s Pop, Rock & Soul." Pictured left to right are Paul Kantner, Cathy Richardson, David Freiberg and Marty Balin.