Katrenia Jefferson (aka Katrenia)

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"The Chance Of A Lifetime"

Katrenia Jefferson (aka Katrenia)

April 4, 2015: NEW SINGLE ALERT

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing "What If I" on YouTube.

Buy Katrenia Jefferson's "What If I" single at CD Baby.

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Read Jazzi A's interesting interview with Katrenia Jefferson in "Jefferson Blues Magazine." (no relation)

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June 1, 2014: CHART-CLIMBERS!



Katrenia Jefferson debuts at #100 on Daddy B. Nice's Top 100 21st-Century Southern Soul Countdown.


Of all the great, largely-unrecorded divas in contemporary southern soul music, Katrenia Jefferson has to rank at or near the top. A gospel-singing child prodigy who grew up in Jackson, Mississippi and toured with many gospel groups (including her mother's) before branching out into R&B, including back-up stints with Willie Clayton and J. Blackfoot, Katrenia Jefferson broke out in 2012 with the Mel Waiters-produced "That Thang."

The as-written-fairly-raunchy single ironically showcased a southern soul vocalist who recalled Peggy Scott-Adams in her underlying religiosity and conviction and even her gospel-drenched carrying power.

From Daddy B. Nice's Best of 2012:

Daddy B. Nice Announces The Winners of the 2012 (6th Annual) Southern Soul Music Awards.

Best Female Vocalist: "That Thang" by Katrenia


Listen to Katrenia singing "That Thang" on YouTube.

SouthernSoulRnB.com - Chitlin' Circuit Southern Soul Music Guide

However, years before the Waiters-produced single brought her some national visibility, Katrenia Jefferson was on Jackson (and surrounding areas) radio with a locally-produced CD on a label called Finesse, aided by legendary veterans Harrison Calloway, Frederick Knight and Rue Davis.

This undistributed CD spawned two local underground singles--both passionate but stately, amply-produced ballads in the mode of Carl Sims' "I'm Trapped" or McKinley Mitchell's "The End Of The Rainbow"--that much more accurately define Katrenia's legitimate claim to fame.

The first--now on YouTube!--is "Holding On."

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing "Holding On" on YouTube.

The second underground classic--not on YouTube or anywhere where the uninitiated can hear it--is "The Chance Of A Lifetime."

These two songs, with singularly-powerful lead vocals by Katrenia and full-bodied, all-embracing female choruses, are drenched in gospel atmosphere so thick that listening to them is like wrapping yourself in a southern-soul comforter.

Think of any majestic R&B song of the last fifty years--Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come"--and Katrenia Jefferson's "Holding On" can be said to continue its tradition.

"Chance Of A Lifetime," which would benefit from some exposure, is even better. Cynics might label the song sentimental, but they would be wrong. Chance Of A Lifetime is thought and feeling delivered with street-level directness, in the grittiest--yet most uplifting--way imaginable.

The song has for too long languished in southern soul limbo. Already a regional legend, Katrenia must find the courage to take the next step, however difficult, in getting the totality of her work front-and-center for a new and larger southern soul audience.

--Daddy B. Nice


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June 1, 2014:

Katrenia Jefferson on YouTube


Listen to the radio copy of Katrenia Jefferson singing "That Thang" on YouTube.

("That Thang" was produced by Mel Waiters.)

Sample/Buy Katrenia Jefferson's "That Thang" Single.

Listen to an official version of Katrenia Jefferson singing "That Thang" on YouTube.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing "Holding On" on YouTube.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing "That Thang" Live Onstage at the E&E Lounge in Jackson, Ms. on YouTube.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing Lenny Williams' "'Cause I Love You" Live at a Mobile, Alabama house party on YouTube.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing "'Cause I Love You" Live Onstage in Decatur, Georgia on YouTube.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing Frank Sinatra's "My Way" Live Onstage at Charles Evers' 90th Birthday Party in Jackson, Mississippi on YouTube.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing Peggy Scott-Adams' "I Intend To Take Your Place" Live at a house party on YouTube.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson singing "'Cause I Love You" Live Onstage on YouTube.

Listen to Katrenia Jefferson and Doctor Dee singing Ann Nesby's and Al Green's "Put It On Paper" Live Onstage in Jackson, Mississippi on YouTube.


Honorary "B" Side

"Holding On (The Love That Keeps Us Holding On)"



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The Chance Of A Lifetime


CD: Chance Of A Lifetime Single



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Sample or Buy Holding On (The Love That Keeps Us Holding On) by Katrenia Jefferson (aka Katrenia)
Holding On (The Love That Keeps Us Holding On)


CD: "Holding On" Single

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Holding On


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That Thang


CD: That Thang
Label: Britney

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That Thang


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CD: Cause I Love You Single



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