Album:Way Down Low
Kat Edmonson started out as an American Idol contestant but she seems to have found her groove as a jazz singer with a Sony Masterworks contract. She was born Aug. 3, 1983 in Houston listening to her mom's record collection featuring The Great American Songbook. After attending college in South Carolina, she moved back to Texas and auditioned for American Idol in 2002. She made it to Hollywood but that ended when Idol judge Randy Jackson told her she didn't look like a star. Kat sang in Austin clubs and released her debut CD in 2009. Her big break came when she sang Baby It's Cold Outside with Lyle Lovett on his 2012 CD Release Me. Then she appeared with him on The Tonight Show. She used Kickstarter to fund her 2012 CD Way Down Low and it made some noise on Billboard's Heetseekers and the jazz chart. This got Sony's attention and they signed Kat and released Way Down Low on Sony Masterworks. Kat wrote, produced and arranged most of the album with former Roy Hargrove bassist Danton Boller. Other musicians include Frank Locrasto on piano, Matt Munisteri on guitar and Brian Wolfe on drums. Special guests include Lyle Lovett and organist Larry Goldings. Hopelessly Blue was written by Miles Zuniga formerly of the 90s group Fastball. He's a local Austin guy and he accompanies Kat when she performs the song. Kat's latest CD The Big Picture was released Sept. 2014 and it was produced by veteran producer Mitchell Froom. Kat writes most of the songs and the album topped the jazz charts. She should remind long time jazz fans of Blossom Dearie. Maybe Kat Edmonson doesn't look like a pop star. But it looks like she will be around a lot longer than most pop stars. Here's Kat Edmonson with Miles Zuniga on guitar performing Hopelessly Blue on eTown Radio in Boulder, CO Jan. 2013.