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Artist Profile: Going With The Flo Kat

Flo Kat’s music is available at www.flokatmusic.com.

Flo Kat put out her first of three albums when she was 15, though she has been singing since she was 12. Jason Peters, on bass, and Nate Stephens, on piano, played with Flo Kat on her second album and her recent release “Tightropes.” (Heather Nelson)

Florence Katzenbach, 20, an acoustic folk singer/songwriter who goes by "Flo Kat," performs often at Water Street Studios in Batavia and throughout the Chicago area.

She also plays with a trio, which includes Katzenbach on vocals, her boyfriend, Nate Stephens of Batavia, on piano, and their friend Jason Peters, a student at Northern Illinois University, on upright bass. They’re working toward opening a live music venue called The Office Underground in Batavia.

Dreaming of stardom It was a friend’s talent show performance that struck a chord with Katzenbach back in middle school.

“I said to my mom, crying, ‘I want to be on stage like them,’” Katzenbach says. “The next year, I did it. I obviously had some passion.”

Some of it might have been part of her environment, she adds. Raised in Vermont, Katzenbach says she grew up with a lot of singer/songwriters.

But it’s also part of her personality, she notes.

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