Cathy Richardson

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Cathy Richardson
Background information
Birth name Catherine E. Richardson
Born (1969-02-21) February 21, 1969 (age 47)
Genres Psychedelic rock, Folk rock, Blues rock
Occupation(s) Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Narrator
Instruments Vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jefferson Starship

Catherine E. "Cathy" Richardson (born February 21, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and narrator from Chicago, Illinois.

Richardson grew up in west suburban Burr Ridge, Illinois and graduated from Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, Illinois. Before starting her music career, Richardson worked as an auto mechanic and as a cashier at her father's gas station. She started her music career full-time in 1990. She was introduced to Jim Peterik who mentored her and helped with her first two albums. She has also co-written songs with Peterik, and is a fairly frequent guest in his all-star World Stage concerts. She and Peterik remain good friends.

Millions of American children have seen her on Noggin's Jack's Big Music Show, and the Cathy Richardson Band has been voted Best Local Band in polls by the Chicago Tribune and Fox News Chicago. She portrayed Janis Joplin in the original cast of the hit Off-Broadway musical "Love, Janis." She also sang Janis' vocal parts for Big Brother and the Holding Company during many of their recent live shows.

In 2004, Richardson and art director Bill Dolan were nominated for a Grammy award for best recording package for her album The Road to Bliss.

In 2008, Richardson became the new vocalist for San Francisco band Jefferson Starship and appears on the 2008 release Jefferson's Tree of Liberty.[1]

In 2011, Richardson was the vocalist for Jefferson Starship on PBS's 60s Pop, Rock & Soul TV show. She sang "White Rabbit", and "Somebody to Love".


Studio albums[edit]

Live album[edit]

Compilation albums featuring tracks by Cathy Richardson[edit]

Download Only Single[edit]

  • What I Am (2015) Chance Music (available through ITunes)

side project albums and guest appearances[edit]

The Juleps (Cathy Richardson along with members of The Insiders)

Joel Hoekstra

  • Undefined (vocals on track "Spank Me") (2000)

Jefferson Starship


  • The Other Side (2010)
  • Macrodots Two (2015)


  1. ^ 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 3, 2011. Retrieved March 23, 2011.  Additional WebCitation archive, December 3, 2011