New Zealand-born pop star Kimbra is a musical force innovating the shape of pop today as a songwriter, musician, producer, and adventurous performer. Kimbra’s 2011 debut, Vows, bowed at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified platinum in Australia and New Zealand.
Kimbra exploded into the public consciousness that same year with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” a duet with Gotye that earned her two Grammy Awards for “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” The song topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2012 and was the best-selling song of that year in the U.S. It has sold more than 13 million copies. In 2014 she released the highly acclaimed album, The Golden Echo, recruiting artists as diverse as Thundercat, Omar-Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta, Bilal, and John Legend to highlight her eclectic musical style.
Since her sophomore release, she has moved to New York, continuing to innovate her sound, performing with The Roots and David Byrne at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in tribute to David Bowie and also appearing at the Prince tribute at First Avenue in Minneapolis performing with his band, The Revolution, in September. Alongside releasing a stand-alone single called “Sweet Relief” with producer Redinho, she released her third LP titled Primal Heart last year, which she co-produced with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Goldfrapp) before embarking on a worldwide tour performing with acts as diverse as Beck, Odessa, and David Byrne. As if that wasn’t enough to keep her busy, during this time Kimbra also released an additional version of the first single from Primal Heart featuring rapper Snoop Dogg, a new take and video for the standout track “Version of Me” featuring DAWN, and an EP entitled Songs From Primal Heart: Reimagined. The EP featured acoustic versions of four songs from her acclaimed full length released earlier that year.
2019 brought more touring for Kimbra including performances of intimate, unplugged versions of her songs to accompany the release of the Reimagined EP further solidifying Kimbra as one of today’s most unpredictable and genre-defying mavericks in music.