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Born: Mar 27, 1990 in Hamilton, New Zealand
Genre: R&B, Rap, Pop/Rock
New Zealand pop singer Kimbra is a soulful vocalist with a bent toward jazzy R&B and indie rock-influenced dance music. Born Kimbra Johnson in Hamilton, New Zealand, Kimbra first began taking guitar lessons around age 12 and was performing live by her teens. A 2007 Juice TV video award caught the attention of the Melbourne, Australia-based label Forum 5, which signed her to a recording contract. Her first single, "Settle Down," was released in 2010, the same year she guested on a track ("I Look to You") by Miami Horror. In 2011, Kimbra released her debut album, Vows, via Warner Bros., featuring the single "Settle Down." In 2011, she appeared on the Grammy Award winning single "Somebody That I Used to Know" with Australian-Belgian singer Gotye, while a significantly reworked version of her debut album was released in the U.S. during May of 2012. At the end of that year Kimbra triumphed in no less than five categories at the New Zealand Music Awards, most notably Best Female Solo Artist and Best Pop Album. Continuing to receive plaudits for her collaboration with Gotye well into 2013 -- and performing with him when she could -- Kimbra also played at various festivals including a spot at Brazil's Rock in Rio festival. Returning to the studio with a whole host of collaborators including Van Dyke Parks, Muse's Matt Bellamy, The Mars Volta's Omar Rodríguez-López, and Silverchair's Daniel Johns, Kimbra set about recording her second album, The Golden Echo. Scheduled for an August 2014 release, it was preceded by the single "90's Music." ~ Matt Collar & Rich Wilson, Rovi
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