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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 American 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. Three years later, she returned with the Kickstarter-funded Way Down Low. In 2014, Edmonson released the Mitchell Froom-produced The Big Picture.
Katherine "Kat" Edmonson (born August 3, 1983) is an American singer-songwriter who moved first to Austin, Texas, then Brooklyn, New York.Martin Chilton: Kat Edmonson kickstarts her own success, The Telegraph, July 8, 2013.
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. Kat Edmonson wrote her first song at the age of nine.Justin Eshak: IMDb Mini Biography. Cite error: The named reference NPR was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
In 2002 Edmonson 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, composed of creative interpretations of standards and pop hits. Take to the Sky reached the top 20 of the Billboard jazz charts.
Edmonson sang a duet with Lyle Lovett on the classic "Baby, It's Cold Outside", featured on his 2012 album, Release Me. Touring with Lovett led to a joint appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Lovett also performed the duet "Long Way Home" on her second studio album, Way Down Low.
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. She appeared on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion and had her songs featured on several television shows and commercials. Her song "Lucky" is featured twice in the Tina Fey and Paul Rudd film Admission, appearing as the end-credit song. She coined the term "vintage pop" to describe the type of music she makes and defined it as being reminiscent of popular music from bygone eras.
In the spring of 2013, Edmonson made her first U.S. tour with 11 concerts as a headliner. The following summer she played several 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. She has also toured with Michael Kiwanuka, Chris Isaak and Gary Clark, Jr..
Her third album The Big Picture was released on September 30, 2014 through Sony Masterworks. The Big Picture builds upon her previous works, but offers even more of her writing (she wrote or co-wrote 11 of 12 songs on the album). Like her second album, it reached #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.JamBase: Kat Edmonson Bio Adam Schragin: I Just Wasn't Made for These Times, The Austin Chronicle, April 6, 2012. Cite error: The named reference imdb was invoked but never defined (see the help page). Adam Schragin: Kickstart My Heart, The Austin Chronicle, February 24, 2012. Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen. "Future, SWV and Kat Edmonson Release New Albums", The New York Times, April 16, 2012. "Kat Edmonson 'Just Wasn't Made For These Times'", NPR, April 17, 2012. Victoriah Szirmai: Popular music from bygone eras, Kat Edmonson im Klangverführer-Interview, July 9, 2013. "Kat Edmonson: 'I Hear Myself As An Instrument'". National Public Radio. September 27, 2014. Billboard Heatseekers Charts