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Post by BlueKnight » Wed May 02, 2012 6:34 am

Eclectic, sexy and a different spin of Alternative Jazz.

Kimbra Johnson was born in Hamilton, New Zealand and remained there for the majority of her childhood. She attended Hillcrest High School, rising to prominence as a musician after competing in the national schools' competition Rockquest for three years running, where she was awarded second place in 2004 at age 14.

Her upbringing was not particularly influenced by music, but at the age of 10 Kimbra began writing songs. Kimbra's father Ken was the head doctor at the University of Waikato's student health centre and her mother was a nurse. Ken bought Kimbra a guitar when she was 12 years old, and "after a few years of lessons, she was on stage, performing with her guitar tutor (she was never taught to sing)".

Kimbra made her first music video on the New Zealand children's TV show What Now. The video was titled "Smile".

Early public performances by Kimbra included singing at the Waikato Times Gold Cup race meeting in 2000 as a ten year-old, and the national anthem at age twelve before 27,000 people at the Auckland vs Waikato NPC rugby final.

After winning the Juice TV award for best breakthrough music video for her second single "Simply on My Lips" in 2007, Kimbra, then aged seventeen, came to the attention of ex-Independiente Records boss Mark Richardson and his newly-formed management company/independent label Forum 5 in Melbourne, Victoria, whom she signed with and relocated to Australia to begin work on her debut record. ... re=branded


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