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You Oughta Know About...Kathleen Edwards

-- HOMETOWN Ottawa

-- DEBUT ALBUM Failer

-- MATHEMATICAL DESCRIPTION OF HER SOUND Lucinda Williams x Sarah McLachlan

-- WHY WE THINK YOU SHOULD BUY HER ALBUM Like Williams, she has an addictively gritty voice and a knack for emotional specificity.

-- WHY SHE THINKS YOU SHOULD BUY HER ALBUM ''Because everyone who has isn't disappointed,'' says the 24-year-old singer-songwriter. ''But maybe no one has the balls to tell me they hate it.''

-- WHY YOU'RE NOT HEARING HER ON MAINSTREAM RADIO Well, she does have a tune called ''One More Song the Radio Won't Like.'' ''I wrote that more about labels than radio,'' she says. ''It's a little bit of a f -- - you to the people who felt the record wouldn't go anywhere without a big, glossy single.''

-- ODDS SHE'LL GO PLATINUM 30 to 1

-- WHY SHE THINKS YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO HER INSTEAD OF SHANIA TWAIN ''I write and produce my own stuff. I can't speak for Shania Twain, but a lot of people in mainstream music these days allow other people to formulate their music.''

-- WHAT'S NEXT A video for her single ''Six O'Clock News'' and lots of touring.

-- WHAT SHE'LL BE DOING IN 10 YEARS ''I hope I sound like Eminem,'' she jokes. ''I'll be doing what I'm doing today. Playing music is a great job.''

Originally posted Jan 17, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints
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