Dreamers Do combines mid-20th century Disney songs (Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, Babes in Toyland) with familiar classics (“What a Wonderful World” and “All I Do is Dream of You” from Singin’ in the Rain) and features two new songs by Kat, “Too Late To Dream” and “Someone’s in the House”.
“Brimming with melody and psychological depth” – Jazziz
“delightful” – Jazz Times
“an oasis of hope, excitement and optimism” – Downbeat
“an album to get lost in, to take the journey, sentimental and intellectual, on the road to find out.” – No Depression
“Every track shines here… delivery is delicate and tender, her material a beautiful bouquet filled with starry skies and happy endings.” – Chicago Tribune
“her most ambitiously conceived and perfectly realized record so far.” – The Houston Chronicle
“terrific” – American Songwriter
“it makes one want to enjoy the nonexistent movie, or see Kat Edmonson star in a film.” – LA Jazz Scene
Edmonson’s fifth and latest album, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Jazz Chart, takes place in a single night, from bedtime till morning. “It’s about our concepts around dreaming- all of the wonderful things, the fearful things, and the things that keep us awake in the middle of the night,” Edmonson explains of the music, “It’s also about the quiet power of merely having a dream. There are interludes between the songs indicating different points in this nocturnal journey and if someone wants to listen to the entire record as an experience, it’s available to them.”
With a lighter-than-air vocal approach as well as her gift for evocative songwriting, Kat Edmonson is a rare artist who embodies the spirit of the past while remaining resolutely au courant. Her unusually charming and seamless blend of old and new has garnered attention on “NPR Tiny Desk Concerts”, “Austin City Limits”, and “A Prairie Home Companion”.
The vintage-pop and jazz artist was on a 40-city tour promoting her new, critically acclaimed album Dreamers Do when the pandemic struck. She quickly transformed her living room into a charming, homemade set where she performs live every Sunday night at 7PM EST. A modern-day variety show, “The Kat Edmonson Show” is a unique window into the magical world of Kat with surprises every week.
Dreamers Do follows the release of 2018’s Old Fashioned Gal, which Billboard calls “an intimate journey from doubt to resolve and implied triumph.” NPR Music raved the album as “a handsome showcase for her songwriting, which has grown ever more confident over the last decade,” while the Associated Press said the record “sounds like an alternate soundtrack to an Audrey Hepburn film.”
In 2014 Edmonson released The Big Picture, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart, and #2 on Total Jazz Chart. NPR First Listen described the record, “She’s a savvy student of ‘60s film soundtracks, jazz-pop stylists and Brill Building songcraft.” Her 2015 performance on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” garnered the program’s highest rated viewership since 2006. The following year, Edmonson 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.”
Her 2012 LP, Way Down Low was described by The New York Times as “fresh as a spring bouquet,” while The Boston Globe’s Steve Greenlee heralded it as “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The record debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and was featured on several major year-end lists including Downbeat Magazine, WNYC Soundcheck’s “Best Live Performances” and Daytrotter’s “Best Sessions of 2012.” Edmonson was featured on NPR an impressive five times that same year.
The Texas native began crafting her signature sound while performing in Austin’s local club circuit for years before releasing her debut LP Take To The Sky in 2009. She went on to tour worldwide with high profile acts including Lyle Lovett, Chris Isaak, Gary Clark Jr., Shawn Colvin, Smokey Robinson, Nick Lowe and more. Edmonson lives in Brooklyn, New York.