New Video: Kat Edmonson’s Dreamy Take on Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World”

 

Kat Edmonson is an acclaimed Houston, TX-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter, who can trace some of the origins of her musical career to her childhood: her mom adored the Great American songbook and ’40s and 50’s pop — and as a child, Edmonson grew up listening to her mom’s records. She wrote her first song when she was nine, while riding the school bus.

She spent a year, attending the College of Charleston before relocating to Austin, TX to pursue a music career. While in Austin, Edmonson auditioned for the second season of American Idol and wound up being one of the Top 48 contestants invited to Hollywood. After appearing on American Idol, the Houston-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter returned to Austin, where she spent several years performing regularly in local clubs.

Her full-length debut, 2009’s Take to the Sky landed on the Top 20 of the Billboard Jazz Charts. Edmonson’s sophomore album, 2012’s Way Down Low was released to praise from The New York Times and NPR and reached #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart. Her third album, 2014’s The Big Picture continued an impressive run of critical and commercial success with the album reaching  #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.

The Houston-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has opened for Jamie Cullum and Lyle Lovett, with whom she collaborated on a rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” which appeared on Lovett’s 2012’s effort Release Me and again on “Long Way Home,” which appeared on Edmonson’s aforementioned sophomore album Way Down Low — and she has headlined the Taichung Jazz Festival in Taiwan and the New York City Jazz Festival.  In 2012, she appeared on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series and Austin City Limits. During 2013 and 2014, Edmonson appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, playing the role of Cat Mandu for the show’s regular skit “Guy Noir, Private Eye.” And adding to a batch of high profile appearances and gigs, Edmonson has maintained a busy national and international touring schedule that has included Montreux Jazz Festival

Edmonson’s fourth album, 2018’s Old Fashioned Gal was conceived as an imaginary, classic Hollywood movie that largely took shape in her imagination,  and naturally, was inspired by the Great American Songbook. Interestingly, the acclaimed Houston-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter’s recently released fifth album Dreamers Do finds Edmonson tackling beloved mid-20th Century Disney songs — from Alice in WonderlandCinderellaPeter PanPinocchioBedknobs on BroomsticksMary PoppinsBabes in Wonderland, familiar classics like “All I Do is Dream of You” from Singing in the Rain, Louis Armstrong’s “What A Wonderful World” and two Edmonson originals “Too Late to Dream” and “Someone’s in the House.”

Structurally, the album’s material is meant to take place during a single night — from bedtime until morning. And as Edmonson explains in press notes, “It’s about our concepts around dreaming — all of the wonderful things and the fearful things, the things that keep us awake in the middle of the night. It’s also about the quiet power of merely having a dream . . . ” Dreamers Do‘s latest single is a Edmonson’s rendition of Louis Armstrong’s beloved “What A Wonderful World” centered around a twinkling arrangement and Edmonson’s effortlessly gorgeous and old-timey vocal. And while managing to be a fairly straightforward rendition, Edmonson delivers a lullaby-like take that subtly hints at “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”

Directed and edited by David Shultz, the recently released video for “What A Wonderful World” follows Edmonson in an empty studio space with a 35mm film camera — and while the viewer isn’t quite sure if she’s awake or dreaming, the video reveals Edmonson to be a beguiling and sweet natured presence.

Edmonson is currently on tour to support Dreamers Do and the tour includes a three night stand at The Birdland Theater from April 2, 2020-April 4, 2020. Check out the tour dates below.

KAT EDMONSON TOUR DATES

 

March 8
Humphreys Backstage Live
San Diego, CA
March 10
Crooners Supper Club
Minneapolis, MN
March 11
Backroom at Colectivo
Milwaukee, WI
March 12
SPACE
Evanston, IL
March 13
The Jazz Kitchen
Indianapolis, IN
March 14
Norton Centre for the Arts
Danville, KY
March 16
Music Box Supper Club
Cleveland, OH
March 17
The Ark
Ann Arbor, MI
March 19
The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center
Old Saybrook, CT
March 20
Strand Theatre
Rockland, ME
March 21
Stone Mountain Arts Center
Brownfield, ME
March 26
The Hamilton
Washington DC
March 27
Longwood Gardens
Kennett Square, PA
March 28
Rams Head On Stage
Annapolis, MD
March 29
Mountain Stage
Morgantown, WV
March 30
Club Café
Pittsburgh, PA
April 1
City Winery
Boston, MA
April 2
The Birdland Theater
New York, NY
April 3
The Birdland Theater
New York, NY
April 4
The Birdland Theater
New York, NY
April 23
The Iron Horse
Northampton, MA
April 24
Upstairs Jazz Club
Montreal, Canada
April 25
Massry Center for the Arts
Albany, NY