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The Prodigal Daughter

With a father who sang for the Vienna Opera House, a mother who was a professional piano player and singer and a grandfather who won the gold in the Senior Olympics for playing a saw, Kat Parsons boosts a DNA advantage for a rich musical career. But genetic predispositions can only take you so far before you have to roll up your sleeves and do some work. Parsons is clearly accomplished”a multi-instrumentalist with a limber, gossamer voice. With the torchy Go Find Her, she proves her mettle as a chanteuse. But Parson’s got some pop chops as well. Miss Me is Fiona Apple meets Vanessa Carlton, a spare, emotive ballad that tumbles into gleaming pop with cascading keys. And then there’s No Will Power, a starry-eyed melody with jagged guitars and reverberating keys. Whether it’s jazz or pop, Parsons is equally adept. With all that pedigree, being a one-trick pony just isn’t an option.