The Texas native grew up in Houston with a mother who introduced her to the Great American Songbook. Kat became a regular at the Elephant Room, a premier Austin club, building a following and making musical connections that energized her career. Her self-released 2009 debut album Take To the Sky hit the top 20 on Billboard’s jazz charts, adding enough juice that she found herself playing gigs with Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. A musical kinship with Lyle led to a high-profile duet on the Christmas classic “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” which the pair performed together on tour as well as on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On her tour with Lovett, Kat opened nightly, performing songs on which she’d begun writing and working. This set the stage for Way Down Low, which recently debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and features on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Austin City Limits.