Kathleen Wakefield

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Kathleen Wakefield
Born Northeast Arizona, United States
Genres Pop, R&B, Jazz, Soul
Occupation(s) Songwriter, Lyricist, Author
Years active 1960s–present
Labels Motown, A&M Records, Warner/Chappell Music, EMI, Sony Music
Website Official website

Kathleen Wakefield (aka Kathy Wakefield) is an American songwriter, singer and fiction author known for co-writing The Supremes' hit single "Nathan Jones" that was released by Motown and used as a soundtrack for the film Rain Man and for co-writing the Grammy-winning song "One Hundred Ways."

Personal life and education[edit]

Wakefield grew up in the Seattle area and attended the University of Washington. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Seattle after living part-time in London.[1]


She began her musical career singing in the 1960s with Dotty Harmony, performing as Dotty and Kathy. They released the pop single "The Prince Of My Dreams," which was written by David Gates.[2] Her first song, "Stand Tall," was co-written with Dotty Harmony and recorded by The O'Jays.

In 1970, Wakefield co-wrote the song "Feelin' Kinda Sunday" with Nino Tempo and Annette Tucker, which was recorded as a single by Frank Sinatra and his daughter Nancy.[3] She also co-wrote "There Will Come a Day" with Mike and Brenda Sutton and recorded by Smokey Robinson.[4]

With Leonard Caston, she wrote The Four Tops' 1972 single "I Can't Quit Your Love."[5] In 1973, she created the song "Darling Come Back Home" with Frank Wilson and King Errisson and produced by Wilson and Leonard Caston for Motown's Eddie Kendricks album.[6]

In 1983, she co-wrote with Michael Jackson and Paul Anka the unreleased song “Love Never Felt So Good." It was released in 1984 by Johnny Mathis.[7] The original demo version was leaked onto the Internet in 2006 as one of Jackson's unreleased songs.[8] She and Jackie Jackson co-wrote "Torture," with lead vocals performed by Jermaine and Michael Jackson and released in 1984.[9]

She also worked as a writer with Motown's Diana Ross and The Temptations, as well as Lamont Dozier, Oleta Adams, Kenny Rankin, Caston & Majors, Bananarama, and Stephen Bishop.[10] For the label A&M Records, she co-wrote an album with Michel Colombier for Herb Alpert.

“One Hundred Ways," co-written by Wakefield, Benjamin Wright, and Tony Coleman, was performed by James Ingram and produced by Quincy Jones for James's debut album, The Dude. It debuted in December 1981 in the Top 40's "Hot 100."[11]


Wakefield's first book, a novella titled Snaketown, was published in 2010 by Cleveland State University Poetry Center.[12] Her second book, In The Foam Of The Blue Waves, was released by Pen and Brush in October 2015.[13]


"One Hundred Ways" received the 1982 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance.[14]

Wakefield's novella, Snaketown, released by Cleveland State University Poetry Center, received an award in the 2007 Ruthanne Wiley Memorial Novella Competition.[15]

The novella also received an honorable mention from the University of Utah's literary 2006-2007 Quarterly West Novella Competition.[16]


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