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Young jazz vocalist Kat Edmonson, with a voice all her own and a new album “Way Down Low.”

Kat Edmonson (Todd Wolfson)
Kat Edmonson (Todd Wolfson)

Kat Edmondson straight up failed on American Idol.  Didn’t make it past the top 48.  But this singer’s got grit.  She went back home, dug in, honed her chops, and found her way. Reached deep into her memory of jazz greats and sophisticated pop thrills.  Took a voice with no formal training and stretched it all over the map.

Now she’s being compared to the greats.  Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington.  Billy Holiday.

This hour, On Point:  the singer who would not quit.  Kat Edmondson and her latest, “Way Down Low.”
 -Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Kat Edmonson, a singer/songwriter, her new album is Way Down Low.

Steve Greenlee, is the Boston Globe's features editor, jazz critic, and beer columnist. He first wrote about Kat Edmonson for the newspaper here.

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NPR "A lot of the songs on Kat Edmonson's new album, Way Down Low, have a timeless sound, due in part to her own timeless-sounding voice. But she isn't above revealing her influences: The song "Champagne," she admits, was crafted with a particular American songsmith in mind."

The New York Times "Kat Edmonson has a honeyed, light-gauge, faintly crinkly singing voice, an instrument of self-containment and reflection. Don’t let its modest embroidery mislead you. On “Way Down Low,” her second self-released album, Ms. Edmonson presents a vision of her art that’s almost steely in its resolve, with an equal foothold in jazz, cabaret and vintage cosmopolitanism pop. Fresh as a spring bouquet, it’s also a purposeful introduction to Ms. Edmonson the songwriter, intuitive about melody and handy with a turn of phrase."

Austin Chronicle "There's a delicateness to the singing of Kat Edmonson that almost demands the label "chanteuse," breathy and ephemeral, but with an edge gilded by her twang."

Video: Way Down Low Live

Video: Starting Over

Playlist

What Else Can I Do
I’m Not In Love
Whispering Grass
Summertime
Summertime (Billie Holiday)
Lucky (LIVE IN STUDIO)
Hopelessly Blue
I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times
Champagne
I Don’t Know (LIVE IN STUDIO)
I Don’t Know (Reprise)
Long Way Home (w/ Lyle Lovett)
This Was The One

This program aired on April 19, 2012.

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