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Kacee / Press

“And Kacee? She has the look; she has The Manner, but does she have the voice? Oh yes. She does. From the whiskey-soaked rasp that is unmistakably Janis, to the roof-rattling power that seems to come from the floor, she grabs a song and shakes the living daylights out of it until it's drained of every emotion and lays panting at her feet. Janis was unabashedly sexual, and it poured out of her music. Kacee portrays her wild side without so much as a flinch, full out. Nothing less would have worked.”

“Clanton's voice is full of dirt and booze, and it also holds a ghostly, operatic quality that balloons out in songs like the remarkable "Cry Baby."”

“Clanton has the kind of pipes necessary to tackle songs by Etta James and Big Mama Thornton, some of which climax with such fervor she comes close to speaking in tongues, and the same kind of nervy confidence Joplin needed to survive in the hormonal funhouse that was ‘60s rock and roll. Most of all, she understands the vulnerability that was never far away from the buoyant personality Joplin presented to the world, but that also became the most lethal weapon in her arsenal whenever she stepped onstage.”

“From the moment the music starts, Kacee Clanton, who plays Joplin, captivates the audience with her mesmerizing performance as one of the most influential music icons. This is the role of a lifetime, and with her striking physical resemblance to Joplin and uncanny ability to embody her unique and influential vocals, it seems as though Clanton was destined to play this role. She is not only pitch perfect when singing, but also captures Joplin’s conversational style: casual and unimpressed with the stifling conventions of the world around her.”

“Kacee...channels the Port Arthur native right down to the spine of her wavy hair and raspy soulful voice.”

“I'm fairly certain the woman who played Janis Joplin, Kacee Clanton, was born for this role. When the curtain first rose and she was on stage, she took my breath away just by her looks alone. It was as if we were staring at Janis herself. And then when she started singing... WOW. It was clear that we were in for an incredible performance! She WAS Janis Joplin, in every way.”

“Clanton is spot-on, especially with Janis’s slightly raspy…speech patterns that evolve into the cry from her soul, as Janis sings her feelings from the inside-out. Clanton achieves an incredible tour-de-force that’s a bit spooky. It’s not like Clanton is ‘portraying Janis.’ It’s more like Janis is coming back again through Clanton’s body.”

“Kacee Clanton who played Janis in the recent Broadway production of the show is flat out sensational as an actress and a singer. She gives all the signature numbers her considerable all.”

“A Night With Janis Joplin, the sensation currently blowing away audiences at The 5th Avenue Theatre, makes one believe that the legendary rocker has risen from the dead. For fans who never saw Joplin perform live, this incredible portrayal of her by Kacee Clanton must surely be the next best thing. Backed by a great band, she sings Joplin’s songs and channels Joplin’s soulful style the way you imagine a Joplin concert would have been. Clanton, whose own credits include touring as a vocalist with Joe Cocker, is mesmerizing as she recounts Joplin’s Texas upbringing, her blues-soaked musical influences and her ascension in the 1960s to rock music icon before her untimely death at the age of 27.”

“If you thought it was too late to see a Janis Joplin performance, think again. The two-hour musical…took the audience through a winding musical history of Joplin, with Kacee Clanton voicing the part to near-perfection…In an almost haunting recreation of Joplin.”

“Kacee Clanton comes out as Janis Joplin with a rocking attitude and fierce sound. Clanton's voice is powerful, and she handles the distinctive vocals of the classic songs with great ease and strong emotion.”

“A Night With Janis Joplin...surpassed my expectations, and my expectations were awfully high. Not only does Kacee Clanton stand out on every one of Janis’s great hits, she sounds damn close to exactly like Janis and has her moves down pat.”

“Slaying audiences once again with her authenticity and rock star voice is...Kacee Clanton, as the Joni Mitchell-esque rock star on her way down just as Charlie is on her way up. Clanton gives a brutal performance that is worth the price of the ticket.”

“A 'Dreamgirls' moment is when aging rocker, Karina, played by Kacee...is dropped from the record label. This brilliant actress and singer comes back to the Pasadena Playhouse after starring in A Night With Janis Joplin. When she sings Letting Go and Breathe In, the audience wants to give her a standing ovation.”

“Equally as mesmerizing is Kacee Clanton, who plays Karina, the washed-up pop star who tries to warn Charlie of the ravenous, cold nature of the music business. Clanton...owns the stage when she performs 'Letting Go' and 'Breathe In,' to the point where, when you realize her songs have ended, you immediately long for her return.”

“Kacee...returns to Pasadena Playhouse...as Karina — a fading star at the fictitious Solo Records label, Clanton plays the hell out of this role, and she has a great voice to back it up.”

“Kacee Clanton (A Night With Janis Joplin) makes a welcome return to the Pasadena Playhouse as Karina, a former hit maker who’s a tad too old for Scorpio and a Grammy nomination short of a new contract. Her second-act swan song, 'Breathe In,' is a showstopper, with Clanton belting out the long notes in a voice blended with heartbreak and bitterness.”

"Kacee...has a luscious powerhouse voice that instantly raises the pulse of the production every time her character, Karina, a star quickly losing her bankability, drunkenly staggers onto the stage to haunt the other singers with her sorry story.”

"The charismatic singer-actress, who will alternate in the lead role for the show's upcoming Broadway run, knows how to seduce a crowd as well as belt out a song. She's half diva, half earth mother and she summons up the iconic singer's unmistakable combination of grace and grit with breathtaking force. She connects with the music deeply and that sense of intimacy is the show's most intoxicating quality."

"Ms. Clanton holds nothing back, just as Janis did, delivering her songs from the tips of her toes to the top of her head with its lion’s mane of auburn hair, investing the music with passion and wringing every bit of feeling out of each intense, vividly affecting moment."

"Tears rolled down my cheeks when Kacee Clanton poured her heart into "Summertime" as the title character in "One Night With Janis Joplin" at San Jose Repertory Theatre. Her phrasings were perfect - the soulful wail; the urgent, staccato "no-no-no-no-no"; the notes torn from a raw, visceral core - all within an artful reproduction of Joplin's unique delivery."

"Clanton’s power was reminiscent of the Queen herself, with phenomenal renditions of...“Summertime,” “Ball and Chain.” “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Cry Baby.” What is so interesting about watching Clanton in the role is we really feel that Joplin was able to give the audience one more night."

"Kacee...then makes her way on to the stage. Her performance is a completely different animal altogether and...defines the entire experience. She begins almost timidly, weaving in and out of moments that seem almost sheepish... Then, as the performance pushes on, you literally get to see Clanton’s Joplin go from shy young woman to full on, larger-than-life rock star. By the time you get to the first chorus, there is no mistaking who’s on that stage. She becomes Janis Joplin in a poignant, haunting, and almost painful two and a half minutes. She arrives in a form that dominates the rest of the show and leaves the audience speechless."

"Clanton literally brought the crowd to our feet with her exacting portrayal of Janis' music and fervent performance style." -- We "Love, Janis." The Broadway Blog. March 26, 2007

The Broadway Blog

"Look out! This mamma is packing heat..." -- "Love, Janis" By: C.W. Hanson. Kansas City / 50 & Better. March 2007

C.W. Hanson - 50 & Better

"Mama Came to Sing...you will find this CD full of great original rockers and soulful ballads that showcase Kacee's incredible talent!"

Blue Monday Monthly (Minneapolis, MN)

"Mama Came to Sing...Since I first listened to this record, I haven't been able to get it out of my head! This is a must have for any rock & roller..."

Steven Kalnasy - Hawaiian Chopper Magazine

"Joplin's mannerisms and her mix of sweetness and vulgarity were captured to near perfection...by Kacee..."

Tony Perry - LA Times

"Una Voz que dejó una Huella en la Carrera de Luis Miguel..."

"Kacee peels the paint off the walls and chews up the furniture. I mean, the woman is downright destructive..."

Sam Andrew - BBHC Forum