Kat Edmonson is an award-winning songwriter and singer "with an equal foothold in jazz, cabaret and vintage cosmopolitanism pop" (The New York Times). She has been featured on Austin City Limits, Tiny Desk Concerts, A Prairie Home Companion, and The Late Show. Her sixth studio album, Holiday Swingin’! (2021) was included on
the NY Times list of "13 Albums That Revisit (and Redefine!) Holiday Classics" and was described by Jazziz as "impeccably hip.”
Raised on the music and film of the early-to-mid-twentieth century, Edmonson is a rare artist who embodies the spirit of the past while remaining resolutely au courant. She performs original songs and familair classics in her live show, interweaving humorous anecdotes, philosophical musings, and her love of film with disarming candor and vulnerability. Her longtime band members’ keen and sensitive accompaniment allows Kat to freely veer "off-script" as she’s often inclined to do.
Edmonson is “a savvy student of ‘60s film soundtracks, jazz-pop stylists and Brill Building and Tin- Pan Alley songcraft.” (NPR) and was awarded the The Songwriters Hall of Fame the Abe Olman Scholarship Award for Excellence in Songwriting. Her original songs have been featured in major motion pictures, television shows and
commercials including her song “Lucky” which was featured in the Coca-Cola “Footprints” ad from the 2014 Winter Olympics.
From Carnegie Hall to the Montreux Jazz Festival to the Blue Note in Japan, she has played major stages across the United States, Europe, and Asia. She appeared in Woody Allen’s Cafe Society as a 1930s jazz singer and was highlighted on the official soundtrack performing her version of “Mountain Greenery.” In 2018, Edmonson joined Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series in the show, “Matt Ray Plays Hoagy Carmichael featuring Kat Edmonson.” In the winter of 2022, Kat made her theatrical debut in New York City in the four-time, Drama-Desk-Award-nominated jazz opera "The Hang” by Taylor Mac and Matt Ray.