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Style Crush: Kat Edmonson

Typically, I'm not scouring the charts for new jazz music, so I'm a little disappointed that I'm only now discovering jazz singer/songwriter Kat Edmonson. Listening to her music, I'm reminded of artists like Norah Jones and perhaps a hint of Kate Nash, but her style is so unique that it's hard to compare her to anyone else. Her vocals are raw, her music refreshing and she's kind of perfect for any mood you might find yourself in.

Edmonson grew up in Austin, TX and was introduced to music by her mother. In 2003, she auditioned for the second season of American Idol, but her time on the show was short-lived and she soon returned to Texas to concentrate on her own music. Back home, Edmonson became a nightclub regular and worked hard to pursue her dream of becoming a successful jazz musician. Her efforts paid off, and in 2009 her self-released debut album Take To the Sky landed on Billboard's Top 20 jazz chart. Soon after, she started working with musicians like Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Her second album Way Down Low was released in early 2012 and features her first stab at original material. It made it to the #1 spot on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and, ever since, she's been playing for packed houses across the country.

You should definitely check out her music, but we're even more curious about her charming, ultra-feminine style—it's just as fresh and cozy as her tracks. She's all about no-fuss, sleek outfits, so it's no surprise that her style icon is Cary Grant. "His style was in everything he did," she says. "His style was who he was, no matter what he was wearing. That's the ultimate in style for me." But you won't see Edmonson in a pinstriped suit with a pocket square. She might appreciate Grant's elegance, but she's very girly. Her favorite label is Tocca, which she tells us she loves for its combination of "strength and femininity." Adds the singer, "The lacework is so elegant and sexy."

And when she's pinched for time? "Stripes!" she says. "A good striped t-shirt is the easiest quick fix. They're clean and confident without being fussy, and they go with everything!" Same goes for her red boots. "I think a red leather boot is even more versatile than a brown boot or a black boot. It can go with anything," she explains about the latest addition to her wardrobe: a mod pair of vintage '70s-era burgundy Etienne Aigner knee-high boots. "These boots go with almost everything in my winter wardrobe," she adds.

Visit her website to find out where you can catch her live.

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