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Hamilton, New Zealand (2000 – present)

Kimbra (Kimbra Lee Johnson Zottola), born and bred in Hamilton, New Zealand has been writing a fusion of jazz and soul for over 5 years, known for her erratic but graceful voice inspired by the likes of Björk and Jeff Buckley.

Early public performances by Kimbra included singing at the Waikato Times Gold Cup race meeting in 2000 as a 10-year-old, and singing the national anthem at age 12 before 27,000 people at the Auckland vs Waikato NPC rugby final. In 2007, after winning the Juice TV award for best breakthrough music video for her second single “Simply on My Lips”, she came to the attention of ex-Independiente Records boss Mark Richardson (Jamiroquai, Paula Abdul) and his newly-formed management company and independent label Forum 5 in Melbourne, Victoria.

Before her debut album, Kimbra released 2 singles: ‘Simply On My Lips’ and ‘Deep For You’.

Kimbra’s debut album, Vows was released in 2011. Three singles have been released from this album - ‘Cameo Lover’, ‘Settle Down’, ‘Good Intent’. According to the Settle Down Songfacts, Vows spans five years of Kimbra’s life from age 17 to 22. and explores love, identity and coming of age.

Kimbra also collaborated with Australian artist Gotye for the single ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ in 2011. This song has peaked on the charts in The USA, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and The Netherlands at #1


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  • trueromantic_

    The whole album is a masterpiece, and if it didn't work to you, you're definitively a deaf dumb.

    1 Sep 6:50am Reply
  • whiteclef1

    Cool album

    1 Sep 1:25am Reply
  • nicksville

    Sally I Can See You is amazing.

    27 Aug 5:07pm Reply
  • Lucastrike

    @RojasGroover: I'm pretty sure that the overproduced tracks were made on purpose. Afterall she always was this crazy coo-coo girl when it's about music

    27 Aug 7:50am Reply
  • Lucastrike

    @bodyelectric_: Comentário surpreendente vindo de alguém com Lana Del Rey em #1 nos charts pessoais.

    27 Aug 7:47am Reply
  • NyBlueberry

    I'm loving TGE so far. Even better than Vows imo

    25 Aug 3:25pm Reply
  • spazzinmekon

    i like golden echo better than vows. not by much but to me it's noticeable better.

    24 Aug 10:17pm Reply
  • bodyelectric_

    esse álbum novo é tao chato que demorei 3 dias pra conseguir ouvir inteiro

    24 Aug 8:07pm Reply
  • RojasGroover

    I'm kinda disappointed with this new album. Even after many listens. There are some great tunes, but most of it sounds too overproduced, too flamboyant to me. Even the b-sides sounds better than some of the songs that entered on the album. Anyway, Waltz Me To Grave saves the record.

    24 Aug 5:10am Reply
  • Kay_Hokonell

    Waiting Madhouse become single e blows the shit out <3

    24 Aug 12:59am Reply
  • Roboturner01

    Carolina = Cameo Lover Part II. Fantastic album! Everything I wanted + more.

    22 Aug 8:59pm Reply
  • nicksville

    Flawless new album [2] by a flawless singer.

    22 Aug 6:22pm Reply
  • terriblecanyons

    it'll take a lot for me to get used to the new album. I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about it after numerous listens already. a lot of it just seems so loosely strewn together and endless, and that's not necessarily a good thing. even the more well-put-together songs seem to go on a little longer than I'd like (miracle, as you are, etc) and while I really love the mixing of genres here, the muddiness of it makes any particular song unable to stand out. it's an admirable effort though, and it's incredibly well-produced, but I'm just not in love with it.

    22 Aug 10:23am Reply
  • estfer

    @rizura To me it sounds cohesive despite the several referecens/styles of music put together, so idec.

    22 Aug 5:00am Reply
  • estfer

    Vote this up pls

    22 Aug 4:48am Reply
  • rizura

    THAT SAID... Love in High Places is everything and then some.

    22 Aug 12:12am Reply
  • rizura

    Pitchfork doesn't like The Golden Echo because it's MESSY. Not because they're boring or because they feel they've had their cheerios pissed in somehow. There are some shining moments on the new album, but overall it's like the aura representation of some of the photoshoots Kimbra did to promote the album aka "I like the idea of the outfit but there's too many patterns, colours, and materials going on all at once". Just apply that metaphor to the music.

    22 Aug 12:11am Reply
  • Lucastrike

    Flawless new album.

    21 Aug 6:16am Reply
  • choigeumwon

    She's awesome

    20 Aug 4:56pm Reply
  • Lucas153

    Miracle music video <3

    20 Aug 1:08am Reply
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