After leaving her dance group, “Sick Wit’ It,” in 2006 to pursue a music career, Kim B., 25, has been on her way to the top as a rising Pop/R&B singer-songwriter and dancer. Her music has been compared to artists such as Ciara and Keri Hilson, but with a fresh and original sound. Ever since she debuted in the 2007 Aurora Idol competition, she has been reminiscent of a young Janet Jackson. Her stage presence and energetic performances have been entertaining audiences all over the Chicagoland area.
In 2010, Kim B. graduated from Columbia College Chicago and released her very first EP “I’m Kim B.” Each track rode a wave of infectious melodies while highlighting Kim B.’s natural songwriting instinct.
Kim B. has a Christian upbringing and is determined to stay true to herself on her way to the top. She once said, “I want to prove that you can have it all without having to follow somebody else; if it’s God’s will for you to be on top, then you will be.” Her spirituality is reflected on her song “Thank God” (from the “I’m Kim B.” EP).
Kim B.’s work ethic and passion for her music is driving full speed towards mainstream success. She is currently working on finishing up her 2nd EP, “Kim B. Continued,” due out early next year. The first single “…Makes Me Wanna Dance” featuring local Chicagoland artist Knu York, has already been well received by fans. The performance of the song has been requested at various venues and even used in a workout routine at fitness center “Dance Fuze Studio” in Aurora, IL.
IAA: What city and state are you from?
KIM B.: The west side of Chicago, Illinois, however, I moved to the Chicago western suburbs when I was thirteen. I currently reside in Montgomery, Illinois.
IAA: What is your music background?
KIM B.: As a pre-teen, I took piano lessons and began singing in my church’s youth choir. By the age of 13, I began teaching myself how to dance hip-hop and started a dance crew in high school. We went on to win many talent shows until I left the group at age 20 to enter a singing competition called “Aurora Idol”. It was in this competition that I was able to combine both my singing and dancing skills and this was the beginning of “Kim B”. While honing my talents as an artist, I also attended Columbia College Chicago as a Music Business major. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2010.
IAA: What inspired you to pursue music?
KIM B.: Growing up I used to watch artists like Janet Jackson and Aaliyah and it just sparked this desire in me. I knew when I was around eight years old that I would one day be doing what they do. Plus I noticed how doing music gave these artists a platform to influence, inspire, and give back, which is what I ultimately am called to do with my life.
IAA: What are your songs about? (themes)
KIM B.: Love, Spirituality (God), Dance, Confidence, and Frustration.
IAA: Do you write your own music?
KIM B.: Yes I do. At first when I got serious about pursuing music, I tried recruiting other lyricists to write for me. But that process was complicated and I got tired of tracking people down. So I one day just sat down and tried writing songs myself and I have not stopped since. My frustration with other writers caused me to discover a hidden talent within myself and it has opened the door to many creative opportunities.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
KIM B.: Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, Alicia Keys, Missy Elliot, and Mary Mary. This is just my top five; there are many more artists who influence me and my music.
IAA: How would you describe your music to people?
KIM B.: My music is unique with smooth vocals that you can enjoy in a room of all ages. The lyrics are clean and simple yet relatable and easy to sing along to.
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist?
KIM B.: My strength as a performer and my confidence in who I am is what sets me apart. I believe that recording a song is only the beginning of the journey. I put so much work into creating performances to go along with each song. My live show is what really makes me stand out because I know how to sell the music and engage the crowd at the same time. Also, just simply being comfortable in my own skin while maintaining my integrity and focusing on “Kim B.” sets me apart. I understand that this is a competitive industry, however constantly comparing myself to others and worrying about what they’re doing is a distraction. Instead I choose to strengthen what I’m good at, which is being me! I am a positive person and I’m all about honesty, which I why I only choose to attach myself to projects that I can truly be proud of. I sincerely care about being a great example to others and inspiring them.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
KIM B.: I am currently working on finishing up my 2nd EP entitled “Kim B. Continued” as well as planning the release party for it. My first EP, “I’m Kim B.” (released two years ago), was strictly a digital release with no real hype surrounding it. But this time I am fully committed to going big and capitalizing on my strength as a performer. Expect for “Kim B. Continued” to be released sometime in February/March of 2013.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
KIM B.: My goal is to become a successful international touring act and also write Billboard #1 songs for myself as well as other artists. It would also be nice to receive some validation by winning a Grammy. So in ten years, I see myself being on a sold out world tour while also being a sought after song writer. I will also have three Grammys by that time.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
KIM B.: My fans can visit KimBmusic.com. That is my official website and you can find links to my other social networks on there. I can also be contacted through email at KimBmusic@gmail.com.