Cathy Oakes


Until October 2011, Cathy had only composed one short vocal piece.  After attending concerts at the home of Philip Wesley and listening to artists such as Philip, Joseph Akins, Joe Bongiorno and others, Cathy was inspired to begin composing.  She studied for several months with Joseph Akins, who was an invaluable influence in her efforts.
Her debut CD, “Like a Song” was released on June 26, 2012.  She has found her music voice and continues to compose and to be inspired by the beautiful music of many Whisperings artists.

About Cathy Oakes:

Cathy began piano lessons at the age of six, but quickly got bored. Her parents sold the piano when her mother found her lying on the piano stool trying to play with her toes! She found her love for music through marching band and high school choir and began to seriously study piano. She enrolled in the music program at West Virginia Wesleyan College, a small private college in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia. There she studied piano, voice, music theory and history and choral conducting. She holds a bachelor's degree in music with an applied major in piano. After two years of trying to decide whether to major in piano or voice, she finally chose piano. Her professor said that she didn’t really choose, she simply “decided to sing on the piano.” Her melodic style continues to sing through her compositions.

Cathy has spent over 20 years in music ministry and has taught piano and voice for over 30 years. She serves as the Vice President and Director of Artist Relations at Enlightened Piano Radio, where she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for music and service to the arts in 2017. Mrs. Oakes received the Composer of the Year Award at the 2019 MPS Awards in Nashville, TN. She composes and records her original music and has traveled nation-wide performing in various venues including Carnegie Hall (October 2015), Carnival Cruise Lines (2016), The Grand Ole Opry (2017), arts centers, piano halls, homes, churches, schools and opera houses. She has found her music voice and continues to compose and to be inspired by the beautiful sounds of nature, classical music and the music of many of her fellow piano artists.

Her works include Like a Song (June 2012), which rose to #21 on the Zone Music Reporter chart, Let There Be Joy (October 2012), which was nominated for Holiday Album of the Year at and To See You Again (September 2013), which won the Best Solo Piano Album at the Enlightened Piano Radio Awards in 2016 and was a final qualifier for the 2015 ZMR Best Album – Solo Piano Award, On the Other Side (September 27, 2018). Which won the Best Piano with Instrumentation Award at the Enlightened Piano Radio Awards in 2019, A Heritage of Faith (April 2019) and her newest CD, Healing Hands, which was released on October 15, 2019. Her music can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, Soundscapes, Sirius Radio, iTunes, Enlightened Piano Radio , One World Music Radio, River of Calm, Whisperings Solo Piano Radio, Audiosyncracy and many other digital and terrestrial stations.


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Cathy Oakes: Like a Song

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River of Calm Show and Internet Broadcast

Miller Piano, Franklin, TN

Cathy will perform and be interviewed on The River of Calm radio show hosted by Ed Bazel and shown worldwide at . They have listeners in 155 countries and is available on Alexa, Android and Apple devices.



Cathy Oakes and Pam Asberry House Concert

Rose Garden Concert Venue, 1212 Rolling Fields Drive, Columbia, Tennessee

Come listen to Cathy and Pam play Christmas music and other favorites from their catalogue.



House Concert with Mike Barnhouse

Mike Barnhouse House concert, Teas Valley, WV

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