Kahtja is music. Starting violin at age 3 and piano at 5, Kahtja spent her childhood in choirs and opera productions immersed in the classical music realm. In her teens she explored her wild side! Connecting with her deep roots in rock and roll, blues & soul, Kahtja started a classic rock band with her cousins and a blues band shortly after. Later on, hip-hop and electronic music became her focal point, as she collaborated with local DJs and producers. Throughout her many travels, she collected traditional songs & influences from around the globe, as well as exploring worldly rhythms through her study of West African drumming & dance. Jazz & hip hop have been her recent muses! Kahtja has performed at many venues, events & festivals including headlining at Astral Harvest Festival, Mercer Block Party, Alchemy of Womyn as well as recently opening for Afroman with her performance group, Goddessa.
Kahtja’s musical influences are also varied and all inclusive: Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, India Arie, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Sterling and Tanya Tagaq, to name a few. From Fleetwood Mac to Kytami, and Jay Z to Amy Winehouse & Duke Ellington, you will see this eclectic influential diversity woven into Kahtja’s performances in both her song choices and original compositions.
Kahtja is the founder of the women’s performance collective, Goddessa (www.goddessaentertainment.com). She is passionate about encouraging the collaboration of the creative efforts of her talented friends. She believes strongly in the power of collaboration over competition and in encouraging those around her to share their creative gifts.
In Kahtja’s academic path and career, she has engaged a longtime pursuit of exploring the connection between psychology and music, she has woven together her passions of the therapeutic effects of music & community building. She has a devotion to empowering others to find joy through singing & creating music, whether that be through sharing her own music, or through facilitating classes and workshops. Working with anyone and everyone, from children to the elderly, Kahtja enjoys spreading the joy of musical expression to all!