Kimbra – singer and songwriter from New Zealand
Kimbra Lee Johnson was born on 27 March 1990 in Hamilton, New Zealand. Her parents didn’t have any connections to the music industry. Her father was a doctor while her mom worked as a nurse. Despite the lack of musical background, Kimbra became interesting in singing rather early. When she was 10, the aspiring musician began writing lyrics. Kimbra’s father approved of her hobby. He bought the girl a guitar when she was 12 years old. Even though Johnson didn’t take music lessons, she managed to win a singing concert in high school. Then she sang in a school jazz choir. When still a teenager, Kimbra filmed her first music video for a TV show.
Johnson embarked on a music career in 2000 when she was invited to sing at Gold Cup Race. Two years later, she sang in front of 27,000 people at the New Zealand rugby championship. The young singer performed the national anthem.
In 2007, Kimbra attended a music contest on Juice TV. Her song “Simply on My Lips” conquered the audience. After the contest, she was offered a contract with an independent label Forum 5. A year later, following the producer’s advice, the young woman moved to Australia. She settled in Melbourne.