And that's how Kathy's childhood died, while she was still in kindergarten. From that day on, Kathy's dad would have her practice singing for hours a day while channeling his inner Joe Jackson. "If there was one strained note, it was the end of the freaking world. I was not allowed to read music or write down words to songs either. My dad had this idea that sheet music was bad for singing. If I forgot the words, though, there was hell to pay. My dad would not let me go to bed or eat until I had something down perfectly. He never beat me, but it really sucked."
But all that hard work eventually paid off when Kathy came in second at a state fair talent show. Can you imagine how her dad must have felt? If you've been paying attention, you probably can. "My dad threw things, threatened the judges, told everyone that it was 'fixed,' and then screamed at me all the way home. I wasn't allowed to talk in cars, because my dad thought the pressure in the cabin could somehow damage my singing voice. So I had to sit and take it. I was about eight."
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We're honestly not sure what that man was worse at: parenting or basic science.
And yet Kathy didn't have it all that bad when compared to some of the other kid performers she met along the way. "There was a girl whose parents were so abusive that she peed her pants every time she heard someone yell. This lasted well into her adulthood. I also knew this family band with seven kids. The oldest son was arrested for trying to rob a bank, and the dad ended up murdering the mom."