Autumn Spotlight: Karaoke Cat

Crafty Cat Creative for Good


Karaoke Cat is a DJ and Karaoke DJ company. Karaoke Cat was established by Cat Chez, hence, the company name. Cat has always had a passion for the arts, and music has always captivated her heart. Cat always states, “singing is a great form of therapy”. What’s a world without music? Back in the mid 1990’s Cat experienced her first karaoke night in Kentucky on the Mississippi River. She knew then this was something that she would want to have in her life! At the time of her travels she was busy in the sewing industry demonstrating special sewing techniques.  When she settled down, Cat started her own business doing karaoke in the Tri-State area. All the arts matter to her, as she spends a lot of time designing and costuming as well as singing and entertaining.

Lin’s Linens entered her life by chance when they were in search of a replacement DJ for their yearly fundraiser, and Cat was thrilled to be able to oblige them. Cat tries to give back whenever she can and does many fundraisers each year. Lin’s Linens touched her heart and even offered designing assistance whenever they need. There was an instant bond between Cat and Lin and the entire Lin’s Linens family, and immediately she was welcomed in.

Cat lives in Sussex County NJ, after growing up in California and moving here when in her mid 20’s. She is married to a wonderful trumpet-blowing musician and they have 6 children between them both. Cat has 2 step children, Travis 32 (the son she never had) and Jessica 25, who has also brought into the world 2 grand children, Nadia 3 and Karina 1.5. Cat gave birth to 4 daughters of her own, Morgan now 23 and a teacher, Michelle 26 a nutritionist and chef, Marie 28, a nurse, and Meika, 32 a store owner with her husband Warren, in Jersey City called “Another Man’s Treasure” an chic little vintage store on Grove Street. Meika is now juggling her store with her baby, Biba Harlow May, and Cat is excited to be not only Grandma, but the number one baby sitter.

Beyond Cat being an avid singer and DJ, she traveled the country teaching sewers and craftspeople the fine art of being artistic with fabric, as well as ways to make sewing simple. Cat comes from a family full of inventors; both her father and sister have invented amazing products for sewing and embroidery! In the late 1990’s you could catch Cat on the Home Shopping Network demonstrating her sister Clare Rowley’s Creative Feet and also some of her father’s products which are now being manufactured by her brother John Rowley.

With all her experience she finds herself dappling in every aspect of design and home improvement. She has plumbed, done electrical, roofed and more. But her biggest passions come from costuming and interior design. Cat has costumed many plays from pre-school all the way up to college. Cat and her sister Clare are working on a new project called Fabrically Speaking. Although Cat was not present for the sizzle roll, the plan is to add Cat to the show as well. Cat hopes to incorporat Lin’s Linens into the show as well.

Cat plans on staying apart of the Lin’s Linens family and looks forward to sharing her talents with the great organization she feels privileged to be apart of.

Categories Spotlight | Tags: | Posted on September 14, 2012

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