Kat Edmonson (USA)

Born and raised in Houston, Edmonson is the only child of a single mother who enjoyed songs from the Great American Songbook as well as traditional pop from the 1940s and ’50s. She wrote her first song at age nine while riding the school bus. In 2002, after a year at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, she moved to Austin, Texas, to pursue a music career.
In 2002 Edmonson auditioned for the second season of American Idol and was one of the Top 48 contestants invited to Hollywood. She returned to Austin from Los Angeles and spent several years as a regular in the Austin club scene.
In March of 2009, her self-released debut album, Take to the Sky, reached the Top 20 on the Billboard magazine jazz chart. Way Down Low was released in 2012 following a successful Kickstarter campaign and received a warm critical reception from The New York Times and NPR, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. 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.
She was the main act at the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan, at Tanglewood, and at the New York City Jazz Festival. 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. They collaborated on Edmonson’s song “Long Way Home” on her second studio album, Way Down Low.
In 2012, Edmonson appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series, Austin City Limits,  and in 2013, A Prairie Home Companion. 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.”
In the spring of 2013, she embarked on her first U.S. tour. The following summer she played the Montreux Jazz Festival. 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.
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.
She has appeared in two films: Angels Sing (2013) and Café Society (2016). In Angels Sing, she appears as herself and sings “Christmas Time Is Here” with Lyle Lovett. In Café Society, directed by Woody Allen, she plays the Les Tropiques Night Club singer, performing “Mountain Greenery” and “Jeepers Creepers”.
Her song “Lucky” was featured twice in the movie Admission and appeared over the credits in the Coca-Cola Footprints ad for the 2014 Winter Olympics. “Lucky” is also featured in the 2016 Tourism Ohio commercial “Find it here”. “Lucky” was featured in the Fiji promotional commercial video, 2010 FijiMe.


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