Kimbra Johnson, known simply as Kimbra, is a New Zealand singer/songwriter whose vocals lean toward a jazzy R&B vibe with an indie rock influence.

Kimbra’s music and songwriting endeavours began when she borrowed a small eight-track recorder from her school’s music department. She soon began taking guitar lessons around the age of 12 and was performing by her teens.

At the age of 17, Kimbra won the 2007 Juice TV award for best breakthrough music video for her single “Simply on My Lips.” Shortly afterwards, Kimbra was discovered by manager Mark Richardson of OutPost Management who helped her relocate to Melbourne to pursue music—he’s responsible for Kimbra signing to the Australian based label Forum 5.

In 2011, Kimbra released her debut album, Vows, through Warner Music. The self-produced album was recorded at her home and across numerous studios over a period of three and-a-half years. That same year, she appeared on the Goyte’s hit single “Somebody That I Used to Know.”


News about Kimbra

  1. This week on Twitter: Katy Perry smells fishy, Gotye isn't dead, and Frank Ocean gets serenaded

    At the end of each week, #Top40Tweets lists a cross-section of artists on the current pop charts and puts their tweets on display (along with their current chart number) for your enjoyment/scrutiny. This week, we look at 5 artists on the Billboard Music Charts.
  2. "Call Me Maybe" is #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

    After two full months at the chart’s summit, Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” (feat. Kimbra) has finally been dethroned by Carly Rae Jepsen. In its 16th week on the charts, “Call Me Maybe,” a song that is by all accounts IMPOSSIBLE to hate, assumed its rightful place atop the Hot 100. It just feels right, doesn’t it?