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Kat Edmonson

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Jazz chanteuse Kat Edmonson may have had no formal training, but the young vocalist possesses one of the most authentic voices to ever croon selections from the Great American Songbook. One listen to the Houston native's ethereal purr is enough to hook even the most casual music fan, and her song "Lucky" was featured on the MTV series United States of Tara.

It was Edmonson's mother's record collection and old movies that initially stirred her artistic soul, but having a career in music wasn't initially a given. After a stint at college in Charleston, South Carolina, Edmonson returned to Texas and decided to follow the musical call. An audition for America Idol in 2002 landed Edmonson a trip to Hollywood and a spot in the top 48. Her Idol dreams ended abruptly when judge Randy Jackson told the singer she didn't "look like a star." After her exit from Idol, Edmonson began honing her chops at open-mike nights and eventually made the transition to full-time performer. Her debut album, 2009's Take to the Sky, was a mix of classic and modern songs, and proved Edmonson was more than ready for her jazz ascension. In 2012, she returned with the Kickstarter-funded Way Down Low.


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Early life[edit]

Kat Edmonson grew up as an only child with a single mother in Houston, Texas. Her mother introduced her with records, films and musicals to the Great American Songbook, the classics of American popular music from the 1920s to the 1950s. In this way she acquired her jazz repertoire. Kat Edmonson wrote her first song at the age of nine years.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).

Musical career[edit]

In 2002 she auditioned for the second season of American Idol and made it into the group of 48 invited to Hollywood. Subsequently she moved to Austin, Texas and decided to become a professional musician. After years as a singer in the local club scene she released her debut album Take to the Sky in 2009. It was self funded and consists of pop covers and jazz standards. Take to the Sky reached the top 20 of the Billboard jazz charts.

A duet of the classic Baby, It's Cold Outside with Lyle Lovett led to a joint appearance on The Tonight Show of Jay Leno and a tour opening for Lovett. In 2010 she headlined the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan.

Her second album, Way Down Low, consisting mostly of original work, came out in 2012, funded by a Kickstarter campaign. Way Down Low received warm critical reception from the New York Times and NPR and reached #1 on Billboard′s Heatseekers chart and on the iTunes singer-songwriter and jazz charts. Her song Lucky is featured twice in the Tina Fey and Paul Rudd film Admission, appearing as the end-credit song. Her music combines elements of various genres such as jazz, folk, acoustic rock, bossa nova, country and pop. She labels her musical style as vintage pop.

In the spring of 2013 Kat Edmonson made her first U.S. tour with 11 concerts as a headliner. The following summer she played several jazz festivals in Europe, including the Montreux Jazz Festival. As the opening act for Jamie Cullum she toured the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Spain and France in the fall of 2013.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


Angels Sing, 2013 (guest appearance)


  • 04.15.14 Kat's 1st show of the year: Thurs 4/17 @Cometothekate in Old Saybrook, CT. Tix still avail! http://t.co/4UfHcbIH8e http://t.co/HkwPQCCLQ3
  • 04.04.14 I just watched @slomo A 16 min documentary by Joshua Izenburg and it's incredible. It's remarkable! I'm so happy! http://t.co/IgtC1c1snW
  • 03.21.14 RT @jasonblummusic: looking forward to playing @RockwoodNYC and seeing all my dear friends... get tickets here http://t.co/pRB5zrPuZZ
  • 02.11.14 Who's been watching the @Olympics?! Look out for a cover of Kat's song "Lucky" featured in this @CocaCola ad. http://t.co/ZocUKkbyEd
  • 01.22.14 Kat's added another show to her 2014 calendar - on sale now! April 17 - Old Saybrook, CT - @cometothekate - http://t.co/4UfHcbZKae
  • 12.11.13 RT @angelssingmovie: Get the #angelssingmovie soundtrack @willenelson @harryconnickjr @katedmonson @lylelovett and many more http://t.co/Hq…
  • 12.04.13 RT @VintageTV: At 10pm - @neil_mccormick's guests, @katedmonson @emilybarkerhalo & @Dannythechamp, reveal the influences that have moved th…
  • 12.04.13 RT @angelssingmovie: @LyleLovett @HarryConnickJR @willienelson @katedmonson #AngelsSingMovie sountdtrack - get it today: http://t.co/si8L96…
  • 12.02.13 Soundchecking @newmorningparis start at 8pm http://t.co/CViQi0jj5Z
  • 12.02.13 We are going to miss @jamiecullum and the lovely guys we met in his band/crew. Thanks for everything! You're all so dear and so much fun!
  • 12.01.13 Last night of the tour supporting @jamiecullum tonight. Merci Beaucoup, Bordeaux! http://t.co/EuNhK7tbjy