On stage, the Seattle-based jazz singer, Kate Voss, is a lighted candle. The frolicking glow and shadow cast by her luminous flame fills any room bent on a good celebration. Awarded Vocalist of the Year in 2016 by the prestigious Earshot Magazine and Best Jazz Act in 2017 from The Seattle Weekly, audiences and media outlets alike appreciate Voss’s musical radiance. But it all started on top of a limo in 8th grade.

In tiny Acme, Washington, Voss formed her first group when she was 11-years-old. The all-girl doo-wop group would later perform atop a limousine in the Lynden Christmas Parade and it’s been a wild ride ever since. A mainstay in the Seattle jazz scene, Voss has been performing music in the Emerald City since 2005. Today, she is perhaps best known for fronting her husband-and-wife nationally touring duo, Sundae + Mr. Goessl, a stylish blend of styles from Billie Holiday and Les Paul.

Along with her duo, the award-winning singer has participated in myriad other projects with Seattle standouts, from the prolific songwriter, Celene Ramadan, to the thoughtful pianist, Tim Kennedy. But to understand Voss as a musician completely, audiences must witness her on stage, dressed to the nines, bouncing her brilliant, bright voice on a microphone before transitioning to her signature medlodica for a lilting, flickering solo.

— Jacob Uitti