Kat Edmonson

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Kat Edmonson
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Kat Edmonson signing CDs in Freiburg, Germany, November 17, 2013
Background information
Born (1983-08-03) August 3, 1983 (age 35)
Houston, Texas
GenresJazz, pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active2002–present
LabelsSony Masterworks, Convivium, Spinnerette
Associated actsLyle Lovett, Asleep at the Wheel

Kat Edmonson (born August 3, 1983) is an American singer and songwriter who calls her music vintage pop.[1]


Early life and career[edit]

Kat Edmonson
(Aarhus Jazz Festival, Denmark, 2013)

Born and raised in Houston, Edmonson is the only child of a single mother who enjoyed songs from the Great American Songbook and traditional pop from the 1940s and '50s. She wrote her first song at age nine while riding the school bus.[2] In 2002, after a year at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, she moved to Austin, Texas, to pursue a music career.[3]

In 2002 Edmonson auditioned for the second season of American Idol and was one of the Top 48 contestants invited to Hollywood.[4] She returned to Austin from Los Angeles and spent several years as a regular in the Austin club scene.[5]


In March 2009, her self-released debut album, Take to the Sky, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard magazine jazz chart.[6] Way Down Low was released in 2012 following a successful Kickstarter campaign[7] and received a warm critical reception from The New York Times[8] and NPR,[2] reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[9] Her third album, The Big Picture, was released on September 30, 2014, by Sony Masterworks. Like her second album, it reached No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.[10]


She was the main act at the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan,[11] at Tanglewood,[12] and at the New York City Jazz Festival.[13]

In 2010, she was invited by Lyle Lovett to be the opening act for his U.S. summer tour. In December 2010 he invited her to perform "Baby, It's Cold Outside" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Their version of the song was released on Lovett's 2012 album, Release Me.[14] They collaborated on Edmonson's song "Long Way Home" on her second studio album, Way Down Low.[15]

In 2012, Edmonson appeared on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series,[16] Austin City Limits,[17] and in 2013, A Prairie Home Companion.[18] She returned to A Prairie Home Companion in November 2014, reprising the character Cat Mandu that Garrison Keilor wrote for her for the show's regular skit, "Guy Noir, Private Eye."[19]

In the spring of 2013, she embarked on her first U.S. tour.[20] The following summer she played the Montreux Jazz Festival.[21] As the opening act for Jamie Cullum in 2013, she toured France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the UK. She has also toured with Michael Kiwanuka, Chris Isaak, and Gary Clark Jr. [22]

TV and film[edit]

In 2015, Edmonson appeared on one of the final episodes of the Late Show with David Letterman with the band Asleep at the Wheel. She performed "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" to promote the album Still the King, a tribute to Bob Wills.[23]

In Angels Sing (2013), she appeared as herself and sings "Christmas Time Is Here" with Lyle Lovett.[24] In Café Society (2016), directed by Woody Allen, she played the Les Tropiques Night Club singer, performing "Mountain Greenery" and "Jeepers Creepers".

Her song "Lucky" was used twice in the movie Admission and over the credits in the Coca-Cola Footprints commercial for the 2014 Winter Olympics,[25] while her song "If" was featured in the first episode of the Netflix show Russian Doll.



As leader[edit]

  • Take to the Sky, (Convivium, 2009)
  • Way Down Low, (Spinnerette, 2012)
  • The Big Picture, (Sony Masterworks, 2014)
  • Old Fashioned Gal, (Sony, 2018)[27]

As guest[edit]

With Lyle Lovett

  • Songs for the Season (2011)
  • Release Me (2012)

With others



  1. ^ "Popular Music from Bygone Eras". Klangverführer. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Kat Edmonson 'Just Wasn't Made For These Times'". NPR.org. April 17, 2012. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Santiago, Jon (May 28, 2014). "Jazz singer Kat Edmonson's time-traveling voice sounds like it comes from another era". Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  4. ^ Sterling, Todd. "Kat Edmonson". AllMusic. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Schragin, Adam (April 6, 2012). "I Just Wasn't Made for These Times". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  6. ^ Farber, Jim (February 27, 2015). "Kat Edmonson: Cartoonish singer creates serious sound". NY Daily News. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  7. ^ Schragin, Adam (February 24, 2012). "Kickstart My Heart". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  8. ^ Caramanica, Jon; Chinen, Nate (April 16, 2012). "Future, SWV and Kat Edmonson Release New Albums". The New York Times. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Billboard". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Bandsintown".
  11. ^ Greenlee, Steve (August 30, 2009). "Kat Edmonson brings fresh face, and voice, to Tanglewood jazz fest". archive.boston.com. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  12. ^ "Symphony Space". Broadway World.
  13. ^ Gleason, Holly. "Lyle Lovett: Release Me". Paste Magazine. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  14. ^ Anderson, Kyle. "Lyle Lovett duets with Kat Edmonson on her 'Long Way Home'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  15. ^ Boilen, Bob (October 1, 2012). "Kat Edmonson: Tiny Desk Concert". NPR.org. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
  16. ^ "Kat Edmonson". Austin City Limits. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  17. ^ "Show #1389". A Prairie Home Companion. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  18. ^ "Show #1473 - All the Way". A Prairie Home Companion. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  19. ^ Hayden, Jess. "Changing Her Tune: A new sound, a new city for singer Kat Edmonson". The Burg. Retrieved July 11, 2016.
  20. ^ "Kat Edmonson". Montreux Jazz.
  21. ^ "Chris Isaak & Gary Clark Jr. Join Kat Edmonson On Tour". Retrieved August 16, 2016.
  22. ^ "Kat Edmonson on David Letterman's The Late Show". Austin 360.
  23. ^ "The New Holiday Movie "Angels Sing"". Angels Sing.
  24. ^ Sciarretto, Amy. "What's The Song?". Pop Crush.
  25. ^ "Kat Edmonson, Tyler Lyle and Ben Howard to be Honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame". ASCAP.
  26. ^ "Kat Edmonson | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  27. ^ "Kat Edmonson | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 25, 2018.

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