Kimbra Lee Johnson, professionally called Kimbra, came to be in New Zealand in 1990. Her musical ability led to early performances and prizes, along with a recording contract when she was only 17. She moved to Australia, as well as prior to the launch of her first record in 2011 she was well-known for her guest vocals on Gotye’s hit single “Somebody That I Used to Know.”
Her parents are Chris and Ken Johnson, a nurse and a doctor; she’s an older brother, Matthew.
Kimbra presented musical ability in a young age. She started composing songs when she was 10 and started playing guitar in the age of 12. She sang in her middle school’s jazz choir and respected the work of classic female jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald.
Kimbra was given second place in Smokefreerockquest, a yearly music contest for young musicians in New Zealand, in 2004. Meanwhile, the airing bureau NZ On Air supplied Kimbra with financing for 2 singles, “Deep for You” and “Only on My Lips.”
She later moved to Melbourne, Australia, in 2008, and started record singles and working on an album. By 2011, Kimbra had brought enough notice to be signed by Warner Brothers Records.
Kimbra developed unexpected recognition for her haunting vocals on Gotye’s international hit “Somebody That I Used to Know.” She was presented to the Australia-based vocalist by her producer, who also worked with Gotye. Their recording got an Australasian Performing Right Association Award in the tune of the entire year class, along with Grammy Awards for the best record of the year and best pop duet/group performance.
Kimbra’s music is a fusion of elements from various music genres, including pop, jazz, electronica and soul. Her musical influences vary from Prince and soul singer Minnie Riperton, to Bjrk and Jeff Buckley. Her exceptional style was showcased on her debut record, Vows, that was released in Australia in 2011.
A reworked version of the record was launched in Europe as well as America in the year 2012.