Vocalist and songwriter Kat Edmonson debuts “If You’re Scared,” a new song written specially for NPR Morning Edition as part of their ongoing Song Project. Listen to the full interview and song HERE. Song Project calls on artists to write an original song inspired by this unique moment in American history, touching of themes of the ongoing COVID pandemic and other prominent current events.

“I was listening to the warm sounds of James Taylor and Bill Withers when I wrote this. I was thinking of Carole King’s, ‘You’ve Got a Friend,’” Edmonson explains, “My mom was in Texas, alone in the hospital, and without power from the winter storm. I began working on “If You’re Scared" as a means of comfort for her.” Listen HERE and watch the lyric video HERE.

Edmonson was in the midst of a 40-city nationwide tour when COVID hit and she quickly pivoted to weekly, live-streamed performances from her living room. “The Kat Edmonson Show” features live requests, performances, skits, special guests and more. Kat’s Sunday night show has included holiday specials for Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Christmas, the latter of which saw over 12,000 viewers. Watch a trailer HERE.

Watch Kat on CNBC’s The News with Shepard Smith discussing the surprising experience she’s had, connecting with her fan base through her livestream HERE, and watch her NBC LX performance HERE.

Edmonson’s latest LP, Dreamers Do, was released last year to critical acclaim. The album combines mid-20th century Disney songs (from Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Pinocchio, Bedknobs on Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, Babes in Toyland), with familiar classics (“What A Wonderful World” as well as “All I Do is Dream of You” from Singin in the Rain), and features two new original songs from Edmonson (“Too Late to Dream” and “Someone’s In The House.”)

The album reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Traditional Jazz chart, and debuted #1 at iTunes Jazz, #2 Most Added at Jazzweek and was named Deezer’s Album of the Week upon release.

Watch performances:

Watch CBS This Morning Saturday performance HERE

Watch NPR Tiny Desk performance HERE

Watch Austin City Limits performance HERE

Critical praise for Edmonson and Dreamers Do:

"Hearing Edmonson makes it virtually impossible to do anything but stop and listen.”—NPR

“Her music is like fairy dust” ”—NPR Song Confessional

“Bewitching songcycle from a masterful vocalist”—UNCUT

“Every track shines here... Edmonson’s 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.”—Houston Chronicle

“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

“Brimming with melody and psychologic depth”—JAZZIZ

The LP follows the release of 2018’s Old Fashioned Gal, which Billboard calls “an intimate journey from doubt to resolve and implied triumph.” NPR Music raves the album is “a handsome showcase for her songwriting, which has grown ever more confident over the last decade,” while the Associated Press says the record “sounds like an alternate soundtrack to an Audrey Hepburn film.” Track from the album have recently been featured on shows “Resident Alien” and “Russian Doll.”

In 2014 Edmonson released The Big Picture, which debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers, #1 on Contemporary Jazz Chart, and #2 on Total Jazz Chart. Her 2015 performance on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” garnered the program’s highest rated viewership since 2006. Her 2012 LP Way Down Low was described by The New York Times as “fresh as a spring bouquet,” and her performances at WNYC’s Soundcheck and Daytrotter were included in “Best Live Performances” and “Best Sessions of 2012,” respectively.

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, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Nick Lowe and more.

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