Kat Edmonson (ASCAP)

Abe Olman Scholarship, 2013

“Fresh as a spring bouquet” (The New York Times), Kat Edmonson is a Texas native and self-described “vintage pop” singer-songwriter. Last year saw the release of her album, Way Down Low, a collection of mostly original works that debuted atop the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and has made several appearances since.

The album, which immediately garnered interest from top music press, was described by The Boston Globe as “[o]ne of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard” and by NPR All Things Considered as “a timeless sound.” Her appearances on the critically acclaimed PBS show Austin City Limits and NPR favorite, A Prairie Home Companion have only served to grow her profile.

Edmonson has also taken her live show on the road throughout the past year including her performances supporting Chris Isaak, Gary Clark Jr, and Lyle Lovett, among others. She’s found success on her own, selling out headline club shows in New York, Boston, Houston, as well as recently selling out Austin’s Paramount Theater.

Edmonson recently signed to Okeh/Sony Masterworks worldwide, and plans to release Way Down Low internationally this summer.