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Katalyst: Bio

Kat - Lead Vocals

Kathy “Kat” Francis has been singing and performing since childhood. A graduate of New York City’s “famed” School of the Arts and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she has been classically trained as both a singer and an actress. Kat has performed all over the world, on cruise ships and in large stage shows featuring Joe Piscopo and Mickey Dolenz. She has also appeared on television on such shows as The Late Show with David Letterman (over 40 appearances), Regis and Kathy Lee, Joe Franklin, Dick Cavett and the Jerry Lewis Telethon, among others. Her appearances also include feature and industrial films, and television commercials. A studio musician as well as live performer, Kat has recorded commercial jingles and has worked with songwriters on demonstration CDs. She finds most satisfaction, however, as lead singer and songwriter / lyricist for KATALYST. Kat's influences include Styx, Kansas, Mariah Carey, and Pat Benatar. Kat uses Shure SM58s, wireless microphones, and in-ear monitor systems as well as Ultra / Ultimate Support stands.

John - Electric and Acoustic (6/12 String) Guitars, Bass Guitar, Bass Pedals, Vocals

John Francis has been performing in various cover and original bands since 1987, playing guitar, bass, and keyboards. He performs all lead and rhythm, acoustic and electric guitars for KATALYST. His influences include Styx, Rush, Kansas, Asia, Pat Benatar / Neil Giraldo, and The Beatles. John uses vintage Ibanez and Fender electric guitars, Martin and Taylor acoustic guitars, Marshall / Fender amplifiers, custom pedalboard with analog / digital effects and processors, Moog Taurus pedals, Shure microphones, and custom Legends picks.


Katalyst Alumni:

Alan Bauer (Bass / Keyboards / Lead Vocals)

Brian O'Sullivan (Keyboards / Bass Guitar)

John Torhan (Drums)

Tom Torhan (Keyboards / Vocals)