There are two types of singers: those who see what amazing things they can do with a song and those who consider what a song can do to them. Kat Edmonson is no flashy vocal gymnast. Her throwback nasal phrasing is simple and tightropes jazz kitten gimmickry, but she eventually sells it with a core that resonates with lyrical empathy. She’s transportive, an actress of song with a script that comes from the soul.
The Manhattan-based singer, who was raised in Houston and claimed by Austin, has been on the verge of national breakout since she was hailed as the next Cassandra Wilson in 2009 with her deliciously mood-inducing debut LP “Take to the Sky.” But Edmonson, an only child who never knew her father, is not only an old soul musically, she’s an artist who’s in it for the long haul and so she’s moved slowly, deliberately.
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When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Ave.
Cost: $27 to $37