Introducing Kiki Ebsen!
The Joni Mitchell Project, “To Dad with Love: A Multimedia Tribute to Buddy Ebsen” & An Evening with Elegant Jazz Standards
Kiki is a stunning jazz vocalist, dynamic entertainer and accomplished Yamaha Artist who has toured or written for Chicago, Peter Cetera, Boney James, Eric Marienthal, Tracy Chapman, Jessy J, Christopher Cross, Boz Scaggs, Belinda Carlisle, Al Jarreau and James Ingram. As a singer-songwriter she has released 5 albums of original material. The most recent CD, “Scarecrow Sessions” features jazz arrangements from the Great American Songbook highlighting the Vaudeville, Broadway, Stage, Television and Film career of her father, the multi-talented star, Buddy Ebsen.
Kiki Ebsen is a versatile artist whose work includes multiple music genres, jazz, folk, pop and classical. Whether composing new songs, performing or producing new music showcases, Kiki is driven by a well stream of creativity and the pure joy of connecting with audiences around the world.
At ease in any venue from intimate cabaret to large performing halls, during the past year, Kiki has performed from Los Angeles to New York and places in between, plus Canada.
Her sixth and latest record, Scarecrow Sessions, has enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim. Born from a desire to fulfill her father’s wish for her to sing jazz (her father is iconic performer, Buddy Ebsen), Kiki recorded an album of songs that had a connection to his life and seven-decade career, beginning with his New York Vaudeville days and Hollywood’s Golden Era.
From that record she created the multimedia touring show To Dad with Love: A Tribute to Buddy Ebsen, with the help of her brother, award-winning video editor, Dustin Ebsen. Her show debuted at the Metropolitan Room in New York City with Los Angeles performances at Vitello Upstairs and at the iconic Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood.
Described as...”a brilliant, must-see show” by national magazine, Cabaret Scenes, To Dad with Love is an historic and heartfelt jazzy/cabaret journey presented from the perspective of Buddy’s youngest daughter.
On recent headlining performances on Celebrity’s Divine Jazz Cruise, Kiki dazzled audiences with a silky, sensuous voice and unique jazz stylings as the elegant luxury ship made its way up the Pacific Northwest to Vancouver.
Earlier this year, Kiki debuted her peace.harmony series, an intimate cybercast experience that showcases Kiki performing alongside some of her favorite singer-songwriters. A cross between Austin City Limits and Live From Daryl’s House, peace.harmony concertgoers get an up-close-and-personal experience of the songwriters music and stories behind the songs. Net proceeds from these concerts go to Kiki’s nonprofit, The Healing Equine Ranch (501(c)3), whose focus is empowering, enlightening and educating through the natural interaction with horses. She creates and facilitates the equine programs in addition to all her music projects.
Citing Joni Mitchell as a major musical influence, Kiki’s Joni Mitchell Tribute Band pays homage to the iconic artist Joni Mitchell, and the band made their Laguna Festival of the Arts debut in July. The Kiki Ebsen Band headlined the Laguna Arts Festival for the third consecutive summer in August. These concerts showcase Kiki’s extraordinary songwriting talent.
Steve Wagner of American Songwriter dubs her a “world-class songwriter-performer ... with a polished vocal style and songs of substance”. Also in August, Kiki returned to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific to present a concert of originals and covers with The Kiki Ebsen Band.
Ebsen made a special appearance with the Central Texas Medical Orchestra in Austin, Texas, last fall, her beautiful classically trained voice soaring above gorgeous symphonic arrangements of the songs of Scarecrow Sessions, and she expects to accept more symphony invitations in the coming months.
Last year Ebsen also made time to explore the extraordinary world of group vocal improvisation with master teacher, Rhiannon. The group traveled from Northern California to Hawaii, finally culminating with an amazing performance in Montreal, Quebec.
Kiki was recently in the studio, recording vocals for jazz guitarist, Peter White’s latest record (Concord). Says Peter, “Kiki’s wonderful voice has appeared on many songs that I have recorded over the years.... it is always a pleasure to work with her, she is the consummate professional!
Never one to rest on any laurels, Kiki is respected by a litany of Grammy-winning, platinum-selling artists with whom she’s toured internationally as keyboardist & vocalist, including Christopher Cross, Al Jarreau, Michael Paulo, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald, Tracy Chapman, among others. She is featured prominently as a vocalist and pianist on Christopher Cross’ latest live DVD, A Night in Paris. Kiki’s recording career has recently come full circle; her 1994 CD release, Red, was a powerful jazz album that found strong airplay and critical respect for her inaugural offering. Six years later, Love Loud featured her powerful pop ballads and insightful compositions. Her self-titled Kiki in 2002 was more introspective, including her father’s composition, Missing You, released the year before he died. The 2005 follow-up Cool Songs, Vol. 1, was a cover songs project she enjoyed doing as a lark.
Ebsen’s best-known, signature compositions are found on The Beauty Inside, released in 2011. Each song is artistic creativity, with potential interpretation and resonance possible for any listener, who’s sure to see the beauty of each. Scarecrow Sessions, released in time for Father’s Day 2014, is the soundtrack dedicated to the life and career of her father. The natural next step after the radio debut of If I Only Had a Brain, was to build a touring show for all those who loved Buddy Ebsen to enjoy. In addition to setting more peace.harmony concert performances for singer-songwriters to shine, Kiki fields requests to book her Joni band, and new national dates for the Buddy Ebsen Tribute Show.
Kiki is thriving in this whirlwind of creativity as she prepares for her next CD, a jazz project planned for early next year. Ebsen is 100% pure artist, taking chances, carving new paths for projects, making time to give back to the community, never content to rest on past accomplishments. She gives thanks and appreciation to her parents for imbuing her with a passion for creativity and a fervent insistence on seeking excellence in any venture. Both parents were officers in the United States Coast Guard early in their lives. Kiki’s mother, Nancy, was also a gifted theatre actress, producer, director and educator whose own contributions to the arts were substantial and permanent.
She’s hard to catch. Kiki is running too fast! But, she can be followed on Facebook.com/kikiebsen.officialmusicpage, Twitter.com/kikiebsen and Instagram.com/kebsen88/!
For more information, or to book Kiki for your next season or event, contact us!
"With her album Kiki has obvioulsy reached the hearts of those who fondly remember the golden days of Hollywood." - Smooth Jazz Daily
'"Better Friends" may be one of the best hooks I have every heard.' - Christopher Cross on "The Beauty Inside"
"...Brand new songstress Kiki Ebsen beautifully straddles the A2 and A3 wave with "Red", a record that caught my ear almost immediately." - Gavin Report
"It seems that every year I come back from the KiFM Anniversary Festival having been exposed to and knocked out by at least one new artist. This year was no exception, the artist being vocalist/keyboardist/songwriter Kiki Ebsen. - Beth Lewis, Mac Report / Pac Attack
"I have followed Kiki since her debut 12 years ago and she is well worth the attention. With her well-crafted and personal songwriter "pop" somewhere between Carol King, Charlotte Martin, Norah Jones and Vonda Shephard she got herself a place in my heart." - Pär Winberg
“Wonderful performance by Kiki Ebsen honoring her father in a one woman show.” - Sheryl Aronson, The Hollywood Times
“Kiki Ebsen's graceful performance was packed with an emotional punch that knocked us out of our seats. The subject matter focusing on "father" is profound to us and we were engrossed with her story that was exquisitely directed. Kiki's smooth velvety voice, topped with historic and meaningful imagery on the screen and backed by her remarkably brilliant trio was a delight for the senses. This powerful and unforgettable show is something we want to bring back. ” — Bernie Furshpan, Metropolitan Room, NYC
"Kiki's presentation of "To Dad with Love" is filled with wit and wisdom along with artistry and pizzazz. I was particularly impressed with the engaging manner by which she made people feel that she was speaking and singing personally to each member of the audience. "To Dad with Love" is a thoroughly delightful show, not to be missed!” — Alan Goldman, The G Spot
"a world-class songwriter-performer ... with a polished vocal style and songs of substance” - Steve Wagner, American Songwriter