Katrina Leskanich Explained

Katrina Leskanich
Img Capt:Katrina Leskanich with Katrina and the Waves taken at Six Flags Great Adventure - Jackson, New Jersey, United States in 1986
Birth Name:Katrina Leskanich
Born:April 10, 1960
Origin:Topeka, Kansas United States
Instrument:Voice, guitar
Genre:New wave, Rock, Pop
Occupation:Singer, rhythm guitarist
Years Active:1981-present
Associated Acts:Katrina and the Waves
Label:Capitol Records, Universal Records, Virgin, Warner Bros. Records, BMG, EMI, Katsweb

Katrina Leskanich (born April 10, 1960, Topeka, Kansas, United States) is an American singer and musician.

Early life

Her father was a Colonel in the United States Air Force, and Katrina and her five siblings (four sisters and one brother) were moved from Kansas to New Mexico, and then California, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Germany and Netherlands before arriving in Norfolk, England in 1976. Katrina became a UK resident and has lived in England for the last 30 years.


In 1981 she became lead vocalist for the band Katrina and the Waves, based in the English city of Cambridge, which had several international hits, including "Walking on Sunshine" (1985), which has become a summer anthem and "Sun Street" in 1986. They also received a Grammy Nomination for Best New Artist. The hits continued with "Do You Want Crying", "Que te Quiero", "Rock and Roll Girl" and "That's The Way" which reached No. 16 in the U.S.A. The band went on to win the Eurovision Song Contest 1997 for the United Kingdom with "Love Shine a Light", which went to No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart and Katrina and The Waves performed an unprecedented four weeks running on the BBC One TV show Top of the Pops.

Recent career

After the Waves broke up in 1999, Leskanich launched a solo career, first as a DJ for BBC Radio 2 and then in 2001 she played the lead role in the musical Leader of the Pack. She released her first CD, Katrina Leskanich, through Universal Records in Britain in 2005. And the single - Leskanich's cover of Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know" was played on Radio 2. In 2005 she also participated in the Swedish selection for the Eurovision Song Contest (Melodifestivalen 2005) with the song "As If Tomorrow Will Never Come". In 2005 Leskanich (with Renars Kaupers) hosted Congratulations - 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, in Copenhagen.

Currently Leskanich is performing in the UK, Europe and in the U.S. as a solo performer and with her new band. The Katrina Leskanich band features Darren Loveday (guitar), Elio Pace (keyboard), Jack Pollitt (drums), Andy Coughlan (bass)and Paul Newton (horns).

Katrina covered a Clash song, "Hitsville UK" for a compilation album put together by Jimmy Guterman, which is a tribute to The Clash Sandinista! album and was released on 15 May 2007 in the United States.

Katrina performed in the 1980s show Gylne Tider which toured Norway in the early summer of 2007 and transferred to the Christiania Theatre in Oslo from October to December 2007. Katrina's cover of "They Don't Know" was included in the compilation Gylne Tider 2 which was released in 2007 and went platinum.

Katrina also appeared in the Countdown Spectacular 2 concert series around Australia between late August and early September 2007. She performed her hit "Walking On Sunshine".

From 27 January 2008 to 9 March 2008, Katrina was one of three jury members for Eurosong 2008 in Belgium, the pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.

On 1 March 2008, she performed a remix dance version of her 1997 Eurovision winning song, "Love Shine A Light", on the BBC Eurovision song selection show.



Solo Albums


Backing vocals

Katrina and The Waves


Best Of Albums


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