JNANA COOPER has been performing since the age of five. She has competed nationally in “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent.” Jnana is an accomplished actress and has performed in the Phoenix Black Theatre Troupe’s production of Caroline or Change and with the Cumberland County Playhouse’s productions of South Pacific, Crowns,and Hairspray. As one of the founding members of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, Jnana has appeared in numerous shows: Ain’tMisbehavin, Dreamgirls, Songirds of the ‘70s, Spunk, Black Nativity,and From Doo-Wop to Hip Hop, to name a few. She currently resides in Michigan, with her husband, Omar and their two daughters.
Hailing from Western Pennsylvania, Katt’s vocal roots can be traced back to the church where, as a choir soloist, she unknowingly discovered a talent that would soon blossom and create her wide, effortless vibrato and vocal range that exceeds four octaves. Her lyrics flow in a rare combination of beauty, voice, and poise. With a list of credits that include off-Broadway musicals, television shows, movies, records, and concerts, she has shared the stage with such musical greats as Patti LaBelle, Al Hibler, The Temptations, Sandra Reaves, Luther Vandross, The Ink Spots, The Four Freshman, Warren Covington Orchestra, Connie Haines, John Lamb, Buster Cooper, and the Bay Area’s Fred Johnson, Kenny Drew Jr., Richard Drexler, The Jazz Cellar’s Underground Orchestra, and The 42nd Street Big Band.
Katt Hefner is a captivating performer of both jazz and pop music. Her musical moods ease naturally from high voltage delivery with a provocative kiss to exotic sensuality with a sultry swing. On stage Katt is truly an engaging performer with a voice rich in strength and clarity, Katt’s melodic tones capture and mesmerize her audience.
Neyse Vaughn is proud to be a part of Soul Sensations. She has enjoyed a long-standing presence on the stage of Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and endeavors to continue sharing her love of music with those fortunate enough to hear her perform.