Kat’s own musical style is a blend of the Blues with elements of hip-hop, pop, rock, gospel, soul and even country music. Aside from the hip-shakin’ fun stuff, Kat writes songs that hope to uplift, enlighten and inspire. Her approach is refreshing and unapologetically authentic.
Inspired by the variety and abundance of music in her parents’ collection, it makes sense that her own music is peppered with hints of R&B, soul country, gospel, hip-hop, and rock-n-roll. Make no mistake; however, Kat Riggins is undeniably a BLUES WOMAN! She travels the world with the sole mission of keeping the blues alive and thriving through her Blues Revival Movement.
What is a “Blues Revival” anyway? According to Kat, it is a musical revolution that aims to awaken the masses and introduce them to the sincerity behind blues music. “It’s about the raw emotion in every note”, exclaims Kat Riggins as she attempts to describe her love of the genre. Backed by a dynamic band, Kat invokes said emotion through high-energy soul shakers as well as heartbreaking ballads. During a meet and greet after a sold-out show in Belgium, a fan once jokingly asked Kat if ever there was a time she “phoned it in” to avoid ending up exhausted, sweaty, and bruised from the tambourine “If I can move someone to feel what I feel when I sing a song, then it’s all worth it”, said the Miami-born singer-songwriter.
She has been vocally compared to Koko Taylor, Etta James, and Tina Turner to name a few. While obviously influenced by those icons, Mrs. Riggins has a voice and delivery all her own. Full of power, rasp, and grit she can belt out one of her contemporary blues originals one minute, then deliver a tender, sultry standard the next. She does this all while making each person in her audience feel as if she is speaking directly to them. Blues Revivals are interactive and personal no matter how large the crowd. This intimacy is what makes every Blues Revival a memorable experience not only for the audience but for Kat.