Katherine Lynne Bjelland is an American singer, songwriter, musician and guitarist. She rose to prominence as the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the alternative rock band Babes in Toyland, which she formed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1987. She has been noted for her unusual vocal style alternately consisting of shrill screams, whispering, and speaking in tongues, as well as for her guitar playing style, which incorporates "jagged" tones with "psychotic rockabilly rhythms." Born in Salem, Oregon, Bjelland was raised in nearby Woodburn, and learned to play guitar as a teenager from her uncle, with whom she performed in his band shortly after graduating high school. Upon dropping out of the University of Oregon at age nineteen, Bjelland relocated to Portland, where she became involved in the city's punk rock scene. There, she became friends with Courtney Love, and formed the band Pagan Babies.
|Born:||December 9, 1963, Salem, Oregon, U.S.|
|Genres:||Alternative rock, punk rock|
|Occupation(s):||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instruments:||Vocals, guitar, bass, piano|
|Labels:||Doomedelic, Treehouse, Twin Tone, Southern, Reprise, Sympathy for the Record Industry, Integrity, Rish|
|Associated acts:||The Venarays, Sugar Babydoll, Pagan Babies, Italian Whorenuns, Babes in Toyland, Lubricated Goat, Crunt, Katastrophy Wife|
|IMDb:||Kat Bjelland's IMDb|
About Kat Bjelland
Singer and guitarist most famous as the frontwoman of the Minneapolis-based punk band Babes in Toyland. She is also known for her early collaborations with future Hole singer Courtney Love, including the bands Sugar Babydoll and The Pagan Babies.
She grew up in Woodburn, Oregon and was a cheerleader at Woodburn High School.
She received treatment for schizophrenic episodes in the 2000's.
She had a son named Henry with her second husband in 1999.
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- Musicians from Salem, Oregon
- Female punk rock singers
- Songwriters from Oregon
- Singers from Oregon
- Musicians from Portland, Oregon
- Female rock singers
- University of Oregon alumni