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Jazz Singer-Songwriter Kat Edmonson Brings Her Pure and Soul-Filled Sounds to the Perelman Theater, February 12, 2017

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Called “memorable and contagious” by @NPR, vintage pop chanteuse @KatEdmonson shows the audience #TheBigPicture at @KimmelCenter 2/12

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, December 22, 2016) –– First introduced to the spotlight during the second season of American Idol, jazz chanteuse Kat Edmonson shared her untrained original sound with the world. In celebration of her latest album The Big Picture, and in anticipation of her 2017 album release, the young vocalist and songwriter will perform songs from her own collection as well as favorites from the Great American Songbook at the Perelman Theater on February 12, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

“Kat Edmonson is a rare talent with a timeless sound and an appreciation for many generations of music,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “This will be an evening of music from a voice like no other and we’re certain that Philadelphia audiences will be entranced."

An American vintage pop jazz vocalist with a timeless voice, Edmonson’s compositions incorporate traditional and chamber pop, early Rock N’ Roll, blues, folk, and traditional jazz and swing styles. Her singular sound has been described by The New York Times as "honeyed, light-gauge, faintly crinkly singing voice, an instrument of self-containment and reflection." Following her American Idol appearance where she wowed the nation with no formal vocal training, Edmonson found success opening for acts like Jamie Cullum, Michael Kiwanuka, Gary Clark Jr., and more. 

Kat Edmonson self-released her debut album, Take to the Sky, in 2009 garnering national attention from radio and press. In 2012, Edmonson crowdfunded her second album, Way Down Low, which soared to Number 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart.  In the spring of 2013, Edmonson embarked on her first headlining U.S tour. One year later, Edmonson’s third album The Big Picturewas released, again catapulting Edmonson to Number 1 status on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.

Other upcoming jazz performances on the Kimmel Center Campus include Joey Alexander Trio (March 18–19, 2017, Perelman Theater), Aaron Diehl Trio (April 1, 2017, SEI Innovation Studio), A Tribute to Abbey Lincoln feature Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves (May 5, 2017, Merriam Theater), and Chris Botti (May 6, 2017, Merriam Theater). 


Perelman Theater

February 12, 2017, 8:00 p.m.


Tickets are available now and start at $29.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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