Born and raised in Luebeck, a small town in the north of Germany, Katja Rieckermann moved to Hamburg to study music, and afterwards to Hollywood in order to give a new to her career.
One of Katja Rieckermann's first high profile performances was with the rock band Scorpions in 1997 followed by a guest appearance with the Canadian rock band Saga. In true Hollywood fashion, Katja was eventually cast as a regular on the hit television series "Alley McBeal" and in the feature film Star Trek "Nemesis." With increased high profiled visibility, the entertainment industry quickly took notice of Katja's musical talent.
In 2001, Katja went on the Rod Stewart Human World tour 2001 and 2002. This opportunity gave her the ability to prove herself as a soloist, performing with a super star on an international stage.
Since then, Katja Rieckermann has been on many tours, concerts, TV performances, award shows and recordings with big stars like Al Green, Carol King, Brooks and Dunn, Rue Paul, Jeff Goldblum, and Branscombe Richmont. Katja has performed in front of musicians, VIP's and music fans from all over the world, including the Queen of England!
In 2007 Katja released her self-titled debut CD, KATJA. She also established her role as the lead saxophonist in Rod Stewart's band.
In 2008, Rod hired Katja to record saxophone on his Songbook, Vol 1 ( Dave Stewart from the Eurithmics). This occasion was followed by a couple of live performances with his Rock Fabulous Orchestra.
Inspired by her work with big stars, Katja has been working on her second CD. The songwriter and producer Sandi Strmljan produced this new project. Together, they created a new sound that combines pop, jazz, dance and electro house with a sophisticated horn section.
Katja Rieckermann's third studio album, Never Stand Still was produced by Grammy nominated producer Jeff Carruthers and Katja Rieckermann. The idea for this album was born in January 2014 during a lunch with producer Jeff Carruthers. The vision was to create an instrumental version of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab", basically 70s music inspired by artists like The Temptations, Sam Cooke and Jr. Walker and the AllStars. After writing 11 tunes within the following two months, they launched an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds for the making of the CD. Great artists like Joe Bonamassa and Arturo Sandoval gave the honor of a guest appearance. The CD is now released on HornStar Records.
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