Hailing from Baltimore, Maryland, Katrice Cornett had music engraved in her soul at a very early age. Under the direction of her father, the late Donald W.T. Cary she was exposed to her first professional performance at the age of four when she sang “Oh Happy Day” by Edwin Hawkins to a standing room only gathering.
As her father began to cultivate the gift that rested in her vocal ability, Katrice began to get more comfortable ministering to people through her music. During her teenage years she experienced major changes in her family structure, academics and spiritual life, which contributed to the family migrating to West Deptford, New Jersey where she became more dedicated to the ministry of music.
After receiving such a strong foundation from her father, Katrice embarked upon one of the greatest challenges and formed her own gospel group called Katrice Cornett & Highest Praise (referred to as HP). The group quickly became South Jersey’s premier musical talent and began securing bookings throughout the east coast as south as North Carolina to the deep north of Connecticut. In 2006, Katrice released HP’s first project recorded live entitled “Brand New Day Live.”
Katrice has shared the stage with multiple artists including but not limited to Pastor Charles Jenkins, the late Timothy Wright, Donald Lawrence, Stephen Hurd, Donald Malloy, Milton Bingham and others. She has received acclaims for outstanding vocalist and voice coach from numerous ministries, pastors and artists for her musical style and dedication. However, after vigorously promoting her new project and working on other projects, events and singles over the years, Katrice decided to step out on faith in 2011 and open up the HP Performing Arts Center in Atco, New Jersey. She used the teachings from her father to pay it forward to others in need of vocal training and theatrical production. During her hiatus from the music industry Katrice’s son, Jermaine Jones, became a top 10 finalist on Season 11 of American Idol. Such an honor immediately catapulted her back into the music industry as she represented Jones in his booking engagements and business decisions.
After getting reacquainted with the music industry Katrice believes she is ready to re-establish herself in the Gospel music industry and make dynamic and bold moves that will bridge the gap between the churched and the un-churched. With her new song “Higher Than Before” off of her sophomore project “Ordained” released September 4, 2015, she is more determined than ever to reach the masses with her voice but more importantly, with her testimony. Katrice is also the middle sister and the tenor voice in the gospel recording group “The Cary Sisters” who will be releasing their sophomore project “Rejoice” in December 2016.
Katrice’s faith in God and her strong belief in the Word have kept her focused and determined to share Christ with the world through her music. Katrice believes that only what you do for Christ will last. She lives her life in accordance to Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
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