Best Of 2007

Best Cabaret Singer: Lounge Kitty

At this summer's gay-pride fest, Cruising With Pride, at Voinovich Park, gawkers craned theirs necks to see the "bawdy and cheesy" cabaret act on the lakefront stage. Lounge Kitty, the 36-year-old jazz singer, likens herself to a "drag queen without the duct tape." And rightfully so. The ex-lead singer of the early-'90s Cleveland band Swank Motel camps up her sets for her predominantly gay following with kitschy renditions of Styx, Journey, and even Snoop Dogg. "I take songs and twist them into my own kind of style," says Kitty. "The audience expects me to do something new and bizarre." The audience always gets its way.