Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Tags: jazz, singer-songwriter, kgrl
”memorable and contagious” – NPR
Kat Edmonson is a buoyant singer-songwriter from Texas whose tiny stature belies a powerful voice. She makes smart, familiar pop; though steeped in vintage tradition, her style leans left of center. Kat’s biggest strength is her rich vocal control: alternately coy, elegant, and poignant, she often shifts tone effortlessly from one note to another, and she’s not afraid to leave in the occasional touch of gravel in her recordings. The singer is exceptionally present both on her albums and in concert.
Now splitting her time between Austin and NYC, Kat is eager to release her second record, Way Down Low. She hopes it will be “a launching pad to play all over the world and travel wherever I can.”
Of her heroes, she says, “I pretty much look up to everyone that’s good . . . but out of all of them, Nina Simone . . . she does musically what I want to do. She defies genre. She exists as a sound unto herself.”
“I think she’s great. She’s got such an authentic, almost old-time jazz quality about her.” – Lyle Lovett
“Kat is a tremendous talent…with a style and charm that reaches fans in the worlds of blues, rock pop and beyond.” – Al Schmitt, nineteen time Grammy winning producer and engineer
“A voice that at times exudes raspy confidence of a veteran soul singer, and at other times recalls the coquettish quality of a silver screen starlet.” – AOL Spinner
“Equal parts Billie Holiday and Bjork.”
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