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"One of the most intimate, intoxicating performances that the Swyer Theatre has ever seen." TimesUnion
"One of the greatest vocal albums I've ever heard." Boston Globe
Critically acclaimed vocalist and songwriter Kat Edmonson has played major stages across the United States, Europe and Japan, appeared in major motion pictures, performed on radio and television, and released three groundbreaking albums to date. The genre-defying artist recently appeared in Woody Allen’s film set in the 1930s, Café Society (2016), as a jazz singer, and is highlighted on the official soundtrack performing her version of “Mountain Greenery.”
Edmonson’s most recent record The Big Picture debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart and #2 on the Total Jazz Chart. While promoting the album in 2015, she performed on “CBS This Morning: Saturday,” garnering the program’s highest rated viewership since 2006. Edmonson also shared the stage of CBS’s Ed Sullivan Theater later that year with nine-time Grammy award-winners Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel on the “Late Show with David Letterman” during the program’s final weeks. The Big Picture was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Froom in his Los Angeles studio.
The album followed Edmonson’s 2012 release, Way Down Low, which The New York Times hailed as “fresh as a spring bouquet” and The Boston Globe’s reviewer called “one of the greatest vocal albums I’ve ever heard.” The idea to make Way Down Low came about when Edmonson was invited by the METAlliance (an organization of today’s leading music producers and engineers) to record for two days at Avatar Studios with legendary industry figures Al Schmitt and Phil Ramone. Following their session, Kat initiated a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $50,000 through her fan-base to complete the record at Hollywood’s Capitol Studios. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart, Way Down Low features a duet with fellow-Texan Lyle Lovett of Kat’s original song, “Long Way Home.” The album was featured on several major year-end “Best of 2012” 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 and performed on an episode of the nationally syndicated television show, “Austin City Limits”. Soon after, Kat made her debut on the silver screen in the movie, Angels Sing (2013) starring Harry Connick, Jr, and in the spring of that year, Kat was a featured guest on “A Prairie Home Companion.” She returned to “A Prairie Home Companion” in November 2014, reprising the character Cat Mandu that Garrison Keillor wrote for her for the show's regular skit, "Guy Noir, Private Eye.”
Texas native Edmonson grew up in Houston and sang in the local club scene in Austin for several years before self-releasing her first album, Take To The Sky, in 2009. A musical kinship developed from performing with Lyle Lovett led to their high-profile duet of the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which the pair recorded on his album Please Release Me and performed together in 2010 on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”
Along with her own headline tours, Edmonson has gone on the road in support of Lovett, as well as Chris Isaak, Gary Clark, Jr., Jaime Cullum, and Shawn Colvin, and has opened shows for such luminaries as Smokey Robinson, George Benson, Michael Kiwanuka, Nick Lowe, and Willie Nelson. Her song, “Lucky” has been featured in many feature films, television shows and commercials, including the Coca-Cola “Footprints” ad from the 2014 Winter Olympics.
From the Northern country of Finland, Ruut began playing piano by ear and composing her own songs at age 8, and performed in front of thousands of people as her family traveled around Europe as missionaries. Ruut landed in Baltimore at age 16, and began her journey as a professional singer songwriter when she got a record deal in Nashville at 21. Ruut’s songs have been soundtracks on film and videos, and having shared the stage with world renowned acts, such as Passenger, Hem, Brett Dennen and Kat Edmondson, she continues to inspire her audiences with her deep lyrics, lush piano arrangements and soulful voice. Ruut’s new fan funded album, “Untold Stories” releases in early 2016.