Top 100 - 2011

KT Sullivan

Renowned cabaret singer KT Sullivan has music in her blood. Born and raised in Oklahoma, she was one of eight children born to Jim and Betty Sullivan. Her father was a director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service and her mother is a professional singer and hymn composer. At one point, KT, her mother and seven siblings performed as The Sullivan Family Gospel Singers.

A frequent headliner at such spots as the Oak Room of New York’s Algonquin Hotel and Jermyn Street Theatre in London, Sullivan has developed a reputation for being a fearless and effervescent singer. She has headlined at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and performed all over the world including at La Nouvelle Eve in Paris. Sullivan’s Broadway credits include the 1989 revival of the Threepenny Opera and the 1995 revival of Gentleman Prefer Blondes.

Throughout her career, she has recorded numerous albums, the most recent being 2010’s Timeless Tunes Etched in Granite, which includes a medley of ‘Kathleen’ songs: “Come Back to Erin,” “Kathleen Mavourneen.” And “I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen,” the song her that inspired her father to name her Kathleen.

KT’s great-great-grandfather came over from County Kerry during the famine, emigrating first to Boston, then to Birmingham, Alabama. On her grandmother’s side, the Corbetts hailed from County Cork. KT stays true to her Irish roots not only by performing St. Patrick’s Day shows and including Irish songs in her repertoire, but in her personal life as well.

She is married to prominent Irish-American and former president of the Yeats Society Stephen Downey. Sullivan currently is performing her new cabaret show “Rhyme, Women and Song” at The Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel through May 28th.