vocalist | songwriter | educator
With her debut album, Kat Selman departs from her jazz roots that helped her blossom as a musician and cultivate her unique style which includes a mix of Americana, Brazilian vibes and her own original songwriting. Since graduating with a masters in music from The University of North Texas, Kat has combined her experience as a musician in Spain, Texas, Los Angeles and New York City to grow her delicious-to-the-ears sound.
On her record, Kat Selman presents a mix of original songs as well as a few Brazilian songs which she masterfully sings in Portuguese, and rounds out the collection with a Hank Williams song very dear to her heart. Drummer, producer, and fellow North Texas alum Ross Pederson has helped shape the album from the very beginning. Pederson led a crew of fantastic musicians, including Matt Aronoff, Perry Smith, Vitor Gonçalves and Bob Lanzetti -and also added his own artistry to the project by playing drums and mixing as well as producing the record. Fellow singer songwriter Angela Parrish mastered the project.
Kat was a finalist in the The Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition in 2014, and as a college student won several awards from DownBeat magazine in the solo singer category. Her love of Brazilian music led her to study Portuguese, and she continues to sing Brazilian music in New York and beyond - at venues like the Cornelia Street Cafe, Rockwood Music Hall, as well as in intimate house concert settings. Kat Selman has also toured in Europe as a vocalist with Arid, a trio from Barcelona, Spain with Americana folk and jazz influences.
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