Kitty has a Jamaican uncle named Bunny. Jack’s babysitter was Tiny Tim. So it was inevitable the two would meet at an arts high school, fall in love and spend the rest of their lives making music and art together.
Maybe we should explain. Kitty’s uncle is Bunny Wailer – you know, of Bob Marley and the Wailers fame? So music is literally in her blood. She grew up listening to a healthy blend of reggae, rap and R&B. At a young age Jack discovered his vaudevillian great grandfather’s phonograph record collection and spent his childhood listening to cats like Bing Crosby, Al Jolson and Rudy Vallee. As fate would have it, oddball ukulele legend Tiny Tim moved in next door to the Norton household and somehow became Jack’s babysitter. Seriously.
That rich musical stew forms the blend of Jack and Kitty’s Emmy Award winning artistic approach. They called it “organic vaudeville folk”. It’s organic and acoustic with nothing but positive vibes. Laid-back music steeped in tradition with one foot firmly in the future.
One reviewer hailed the duo as “Leon Redbone meets Alicia Keys or Tom Waits meets Beyoncé”.
In addition to performing for grownup audiences, Jack and Kitty are one of the most in-demand musical acts for children. Their understanding of this younger audience comes from the years Jack and Kitty spent as co-creators and co-stars of a hit preschool kids television series, which aired on over 150 PBS member stations nationwide and in 175 countries worldwide via the AFN Family Network. Nominated for six Emmy Awards, an average of 5 million families saw Jack and Kitty’s work for youngsters every day.
In 2017, the couple announced that a brand new TV series for preschoolers will be launched this year…appropriately named The Jack and Kitty Show!
Jack and Kitty have performed in 19 countries, toured for the US Pentagon, sang at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts and were called “one of the most entertaining acoustic groups in the Midwest” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The husband and wife duo live near Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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