Katie Flynn is the premier jazz and cabaret vocalist in Champaign-Urbana. What does that mean? It means that she has a deep love for old time tunes, songs of grandeur, witty and slightly tasteless jokes, and sequins. Lots of sequins. It means that you can see her singing anywhere from Krannert, to local events, to lounges both in and out of town, to any place that will let her in the door. Known for her fabulous and at times ridiculous stage presence, Katie absolutely adores the spot light and more than that, loves to entertain an audience. On and off the stage, Katie is not only a performer, she’s something of a local personality. Born and raised in a small town in Kansas, she spent her days of youth singing in front of the mirror, competing in voice and piano competitions, and dreaming of performing on Broadway. Although that dream hasn’t yet (that’s right, YET) become a reality, she definitely has a blast performing here in Champaign-Urbana since moving here in 2009 so her loving husband Dane could attend law school. Katie definitely knows how to put on a sensational show, full of high energy, powerful vocals, and with her six piece band, a lot of incredible musicianship.
What happens behind all the sequins, fabulous entrances, and power house performances? Honestly, most of her time is spent being a stay at home mom to Walter (8) and Lois (4). Although Katie married a very calm and stoic man, both children inherited Katie’s energetic and LOUD personality. However, both kids do get a lot from their lawyer dad–they sure know how to argue. Don’t put her in the loony bin just yet though! In the midst of surviving all kinds of insanity, boredom, and settling arguments about “whose side of the couch is whose”, there are many special moments with her two crazy kids that this diva mom holds more near and dear to her heart than any song, sequin dress, or applause.
Photo by Della Perrone Photography