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Commencement Singer Slide depicting Katrina Woolverton’s headshot with the SWLAW Commencement Class of 2022 Logo at the top and text "Katrina Woolverton ’02 Commencement Singer" to the left of picture and SWLAW seal in the background

May 26, 2022

Meet our 2022 Commencement Singer

Katrina Woolverton '02 will perform the National Anthem at Southwestern's 107th Commencement Ceremony on May 29th at the Rose Bowl.

Meet Katrina Woolverton '02

Not many Top 40, successful recording and touring artists also earned a Master’s Degree in Entertainment & Media Law and JD, but powerhouse vocalist and Southwestern Law School 2017 Alumni Of The Year Katrina Woolverton fits the dual bill and then some. The charismatic Los Angeles native made her music debut on the popular TV show Star Search and has never looked back, brandishing a 5-octave range, and drawing critical acclaim since releasing her noted debut album In The Blink Of An Eye in 2012.

Katrina has delivered multiple Billboard chart-topping singles throughout her career, including Top 40 hits “Shame On Me,” “OPM,” “Ready To Love,” and “So Eden” to name a few. Her acclaimed 2017 EP, Better Now made a splash with the Hot AC & Top 40 staple, “Hold Me Down.” The 6-track EP was recorded in London and features A-list collaborations with renowned singer/songwriters including Amy Wadge, who co-penned Ed Sheeran’s Grammy-winning “Thinking Out Loud.” Produced by Katrina and Mikal Blue (One Republic, Jason Mraz) songs also include “Known Better,” “Lonely Heart,” and “HeartBeats,” among others, further expanded Katrina’s signature repertoire.

Recognized as an engaging live artist, she drew raves on two national tours with Blues Traveler’s John Popper (2017 & 2018) and has appeared live with John Reznik of the Goo Goo Dolls and with The Revivalists. One of her most treasured national touring experiences was sharing the stage with rock icon Meat Loaf who passed away earlier this year. She also spent time in the studio co-writing and singing with Rita Wilson on Rita’s 2018 album Bigger Picture, and in 2019 Katrina co-produced & recorded a version of George Michaels’ “Freedom! ’90” that turned heads as a riveting anthem she made her own.

In 2020 Katrina released and co-produced three additional singles “Brighter Shade of Blue,” “Paralyzed,” and “Matters,” for a way to keep in touch with fans during the pandemic. She also released a very special single in the latter half of 2021, the touching “Closer,” a post-pandemic postcard commemorating all the long-awaited couplings and gatherings that were put on hold because of Covid restrictions and quarantine protocols. “I just thought it was time to give a great big sonic hug to everyone that’s been longing to be ‘closer,’” says Katrina. The song’s communal theme celebrated the idea of reuniting and being able to reestablish bonds with loved ones, relatives, and friends kept apart by Covid protections. “As soon as we all were vaccinated, I wanted to share this song with everyone and lean into the feeling of being close again.”

Katrina is more than ready in 2022 to recharge with new studio and live event plans, keeping connected with her nearly 1 million followers and fans through her multiple social media platforms and ventures, including projects like her weekly voice lesson she shares with followers on her Instagram LIVE! She also serves as General Counsel for radio syndication company Benztown as well as entertainment law counsel for a handful of elite celebrity clients. www.katrinawoolverton.com

Watch Katrina Woolverton '02 perform the National Anthem at our 2022 Commencement at the Rose Bowl on Sunday, May 29th.