Eden Atwood

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Eden Atwood
Born Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singer, musician, actress
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 1992–present
Labels Concord Jazz, Groove Note

Eden Atwood is an American jazz singer and actress. She is the daughter of composer Hubbard Atwood and the granddaughter of the novelist A. B. Guthrie Jr.


Atwood was born in Memphis, Tennessee. When she was five, her parents got a divorce, and she moved with her mother to Montana. Her mother's father was novelist A. B. Guthrie Jr.[1][2] Her father, Hubbard Atwood, was a composer and arranger. He wrote the songs "Tell Me About Yourself" for Nat King Cole, "I Was the Last One to Know" for Stan Kenton, and "No One Ever Tells You" for Frank Sinatra. She took piano lessons, and she sang in a rock band in high school but quit due to damage to her vocal chords. She went to the University of Montana, where she concentrated on musical theater and drama. For six months, she attended the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago.[3] She gave a demo tape to a bar owner in Chicago, and after hearing her he made her the headliner.[4]

In 1992, Atwood had recurring roles on the soap opera Loving and the crime drama The Commish.[1][5] At the same time, she began singing in clubs in New York City. Marian McPartland, a pianist and radio host, heard a copy of Atwood's debut album, Today! (1992), which was independently produced the previous year. McPartland sent a copy to Concord Records, which then made Atwood one of the youngest musicians to sign a contract with Concord. The debut album was reissued under the name No One Ever Tells You.[4]


Atwood was born with Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS),[1] an intersex trait occurring in approximately 1 in 20,000 people.[6][7] In a person with complete AIS, the body's cells are unable to respond to androgens, "male" hormones.[7] She discussed AIS for the first time publicly with Bill Kohlhaase in the liner notes for her 2002 album, Waves: The Bossa Nova Session. In 2008, she was featured on ABC's Primetime Live.

Atwood is a co-founder of The Interface Project, a project that shares stories of people born with intersex conditions.[8][9]


  • Today! (Southport, 1992)
  • No One Ever Tells You (reiusse of Today, Concord Jazz, 1993)
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Concord, 1993)
  • There Again (Concord, 1995)
  • A Night in the Life (Concord, 1996)
  • My Ideal (Sangaji, 2002)
  • Wild Women Don't Get the Blues (2002)
  • Waves: The Bossa Nova Session (Groove Note, 2002)
  • This Is Always: The Ballad Session (Groove Note, 2004)
  • Turn Me Loose (Sinatra Society of Japan, 2009)
  • Like Someone in Love (Sinatra Society of Japan, 2010)

With Jeremy Monteiro

  • The Girl From Ipanema (Sangaji, 2000)


  1. ^ a b c "Eden Atwood". Montana Kids. Montana Office of Tourism. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  2. ^ "Atwood, Eden". Encyclopedia of Jazz. Archived from the original on March 25, 2012. Retrieved September 5, 2011.
  3. ^ Sawyers, June (26 April 1991). "Eden Atwood Is No Garden-variety Singer". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Eded Atwood". All About Jazz. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2017.
  5. ^ Kilian, Michael (21 October 1992). "In Just 23 Years, Eden Atwood's Life Makes For The Juiciest Soap". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  6. ^ Moore, Keith L.; T. V. N. Persaud; Mark G. Torchia (2011). "12". The Developing Human : Clinically Oriented Embryology (9th ed.). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Saunders/Elsevier. pp. 265–303. ISBN 1437720021.
  7. ^ a b "Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS)". Intersex Society of North America. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Jazz Vocalist, Intersex Rights Advocate Eden Atwood joins film to bring soundtrack tunes!". Truth in Progress. July 10, 2014. Retrieved 2017-08-05.
  9. ^ "Life and Intersex: An Interview with Jim Bruce and Eden Atwood of the Interface Project". Montana Public Radio. February 4, 2013. Retrieved 2017-08-05.