Behind the new album, "This Time Around" [Produced by Bill Lefler]
Kim recorded an EP right before the birth of her daughter with LA producer Bill Lefler (Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin, Matthew Mayfield, Dashboard Confessional) and then took a bit of a break to be a mom, with a plan to release after a few months of parenthood. Cut to last fall when her stepfather passed away in September. And then another blow when her mother, who fought a long and hard battle with cancer for over four years, took a turn for the worse. This past February, she also passed. Within exactly 5 months, two of the most important people in her life were gone. A series of highs, and low low's, forced her to put music on the back burner, rightfully so. In recent weeks, as she re-visited the EP, it no longer felt complete. She picked up her guitar and out poured a new song written for her mom, "Where I Am You Are." She also entrusted talented producer Klvr Grl to do a re-mix of "Broken Bird". In the midst of planning the release for the album, an unexpected phone call came in May that delivered news of the passing of her father-in-law. She is now using her music as part of the healing process.
The Older Story...
I've been singing since I can remember but discovered my voice in high school (chorus, musicals, glee club) and when in college (Fairfield University) decided I was long overdue to play an instrument and that's when I fell in love with those six strings. Luckily I had my mom's 1954 Martin Classical guitar to learn on (I had no idea the relic I was strumming on) before I got my very own guitar.
I gravitate towards the color green, always, and I love lattes of any kind. I started writing songs on guitar before I really knew how to play (with influences by the Indigo Girls, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley at the time). I have a little dog named Ella and I adore her. I recorded a demo in college ("Bits and Pieces"), and a year later recorded my first professional CD ("Here and In Between") in Worcester, MA. In late 2004 I packed my bags and drove across the country to San Diego and dove right into the music scene where I met amazing musicians while doing many open mic nights (and released my EP "Hummingbird"). I traded up to my very first Martin guitar which I still play today. I love yoga, hiking, snowboarding and pretty much everything outdoors. In 2007 I made the move to LA and found myself cast in a musical webisode series sponsored by Ford Motors ("Kim & Seana"). Once I returned from my travels I hit the LA scene where I met many more amazing musicians and fell in love with the Hotel Cafe. I used a broken heart as fuel to write songs for my full length release ("Square One") and was a part-time waitress while playing around town and touring. In 2012, the new EP, "Five" (my favorite number, dating back to my middle school basketball jersey!) was released along with my very first official music video for "Perfect Kind of Love". Later that year I also released a digital single and music video for my song "Winter."
“Best Thing” featured in NBC’s Grimm (Valentine’s Day Webisode), "Perfect Kind of Love" featured in trailer for NBC Comedy, "Welcome to The Family", "Little Things" Featured in the trailer, film and soundtrack for "Cowgirls N' Angels" (Samuel Goldwyn Films), "Easy On Me" was a Semi-Finalist in the 2013 "Unsigned Only" music competition; "Perfect Kind of Love" was featured on The CW's "One Tree Hill" and was a semi-finalist in the 2011 International Songwriting Competition (Pop Category); the voice of the latest JELL-O jingle; "Little Things," "Blue Skies," "Cheers" and "Letting Go" were featured on MTV's "The Real World"; "It'll Be Alright", "Blue Skies", and "We Could" featured in Showtime's "The Real L Word"; "Easy On Me" was one of three finalists in the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest (pop category) and semi-finalist in the 2010 International Songwriting Competition; "Trouble" placed in the Top 500 for Billboard's World Song Contest; Voted as Indie In-Tune's Singer/Songwriter of the Year 2007; Awarded Best Female Singer/Songwriter and Best Female Vocalist in the San Diego HAT (Honoring Acoustic Talent) Awards in 2006. (more credits available here)
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