The name Kimbra might be relatively new to some music lovers, but the undeniably talented New Zealand artist has accomplished much in her 22 years. From her roots as a curiously talented child, to her hit collaboration with an artist she beat in competition, to an acclaimed Top 20 album, Kimbra has achieved more than some musicians can hope to achieve in their whole lives. And with all she’s done so far, the future is looking pretty great for this award-winning young lady.
Kimbra Lee Johnson had talent from the start, winning music competitions and creating televised music videos by the time she was in high school. It was one of those music videos that led to a record contract, which of course led to a slew of popular singles like “Settle Down” and “Cameo Lover”, as well as tour dates in Australia. “Cameo Lover” won Kimbra the 2011 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, even beating “Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye. Ironically, it was Kimbra’s eventual collaboration on the studio recording of the song that propelled her to the next level of popularity and bolstered the success of her debut album, Vows.
Unlike many other artists who crowd the limelight, Kimbra is slowly infiltrating the music scene. She hasn’t piggybacked on the success of “Somebody That I Used to Know”, even though she puts on a spotlight-stealing performance. She simply sings her heart out on all of her concert dates around the world, and plots her next move in her plan to dominate mainstream music.
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