Kimbra performs 'Cameo Lover' on BalconyTV Auckland.
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As a teen growing up in Hamilton, Kimbra's gifts were recognised early on. Already gigging solo, she twice won grants from NZ On Air -- one of which resulted in a recording session with Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers) and went on to receive high rotation on radio and television. Kimbra soon relocated to Melbourne to cultivate her musical profile (and a growing and restless creative ambition), and under the wing of Mark Richardson, paired up with producer Francois Tetaz (Bertie Blackman, Gotye) to begin work on her debut album.
The goal was always to find an authentic voice - to make Kimbra sound like Kimbra. ("Exactly" she smiles "but with hints of this and that"). It's a voice that belies her age, a rich, expressive timbre settled somewhere between the honeyed croon of a soul singer and the acrobatic flair of an indie rock girl. Kimbra has already earned comparisons to jazz greats like Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, while also bringing a contemporary edge more akin to Bjork and bonkers French maverick Camille.
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