Profile/Bio

Kimberly Hall
Kimberly Ann Hall (born June 15th, 1981) is an American R&B/Jazz/Soul singer, actress and painter. Born in Daly City, a suburb of San Francisco in Northern California, she was raised by her mother. In the summer of 1996 Hall made her first local television appearance while performing at a local block party in a disadvantaged community. She attended The San Francisco School of The Arts, and then moved to Manhattan, New York to attend The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2000. She studied and lived there for six years, then moved to Miami in 2005. On January 29th, 2009, Hall relocated again to Brisbane, Australia to finish her Bachelor of Music at Queensland University of Technology.
Contents:

  1. Biography
    1. Early Years
    2. “Ohh So Talented…” Demo Album
    3. Collaboration with Rapper MIMS
    4. Australia 2009
    5. SNEACS (Social Networking, Events & Creative Spaces)
  2. Musical Style
  3. Album Reviews
  4. Press Release
  5. Film & Acting
  6. Discography
  7. References
  8. External Links
  9. Quotes

Biography

 


Early Years

 

Hall was born Kimberly Ann Hall on June 15th, 1981 in Daly City, a suburb of San Francisco, California. She is the daughter and only child of Mariela Daza, an entrepreneur, and Kim Gregory Hall, a retired veteran. Halls’ mother is Colombian and her father is of Irish-African American descent. Her parents separated when she was one and she was subsequently raised by her mother in her formative years in San Francisco, California. Inquisitiveness and creativity were Kimberly’s hallmarks. Her parents encouraged this by introducing her to various aspects of art and letting her creativity
find it’s own means of expression. After a bout with different forms of music and visual arts, the possibility of a vocal career announced itself in the 6th grade. Her music teacher was so impressed with her featured Christmas soloist performance she offered Kimberly a summer job singing duets with her.
“Ohh So Talented…” Demo Album

She has been singing professionally since the age of 13.

Hall writes most of her own work but has consistently sought out collaboration opportunities which led to her demo release “Ohh So Talented..” with friend producers: Dave Meyer, and Benjamin Thompson of DaMo’ Muzik Productions in Redwood City, CA. Working 18 hour days, side by side for thirty days they created three of the key songs on the album “If Only”, “Caught Between Two” and “I Can’t Leave This Alone”. “If Only” reflected Hall’s love for being in love, summer, and Motown Soul. “Caught Between Two” is the tale of falling for two different men ie:”January keeps me cool, but it’s so warm in June”. “I Can’t Leave This Alone” reflects the thoughts that Hall encountered while living alone in New York City.

Collaboration with Rapper MIMS

Hall also collaborated with long-time friend Shawn Mims “MIMS” throughout their early careers, but never anything of substance, as she would say. After months of scheduling differences, they finally were able to collaborate on a rap/hip-hop song he had written where Hall wrote and recorded the chorus to “Amount To Nothin'”, and an R&B Pop Song “So In Love” where they co-wrote the song, Hall performed and MIMS produced the track.

Australia 2009

Kimberly has just recently agreed to collaborate with the emerging Brisbane based Folk Band, “Cascadeer”. She also hopes to collaborate with fellow QUT classmates: Production Students: Dion Clark, and Adam Rignall (collaboration currently in progress) Performance Students: Mason Guild and Alex Tomlins, among many others, who encompass a passion for many genres of music and a love of putting them together. “They’re all geniously multi-talented. To pigeonhole them would be doing a disservice. It’s hard to say what one thing they bring to the table.” She adds “Dion has a deep rooted love and knowledge of early hip-hop and production; Adam possesses a worldly musical talent that runs the gamut from Blues guitar to Eastern Folk drums. I also think Mason and Alex are prime examples of the young, multi-talented musicians that Brisbane has to offer. Together, I’m sure we can create a fresh unique sound with fearless force. It’s all these qualities that I respect and love that make them impossible to pass up!”

SNEACS (Social Networking, Events & Creative Spaces)

Mission Statement: to promote emerging creative practitioners in various art disciplines such as musical, visual, media, gaming, dance, drama or creative writing, by creating a space for socialized networking. Where creatives can pursue professional contacts and relationships within fun and entertaining events.

Goals:
1) Promote inter-disciplinary collaboration
2) Promote local talent
3) Create fun, entertaining, and engaging events
4) Create opportunities to build long lasting, professional business relationships

In Short:
Hosting events to encourage cross-collaboration, networking, and socializing while promoting local talent among different art disciplines. Free to join!!
And open to non QUT students & staff.

SNEACS BEATS MUSIC FESTIVAL: November 15th, 2009

QUT music student Kimberly Hall likes to throw a party – particularly if it means she can promote talented uni students at the same time and make new friends.

The 28-year-old American jazz/blues/R&B singer – and sometime actor and painter – moved to Brisbane at the start of 2009 to study at QUT’s Creative Industries Faculty and has formed her own events organisation to put talented young people in the spotlight.

On November 15 she will stage a 10-hour outdoor music festival at QUT’s Kelvin Grove campus, which will feature more than 20 bands and singers – the majority involving QUT students.

The SNEACS Beats Festival will run from 12noon to 10pm at the F Block amphitheatre and is open to the public. Entry is free.

Kimberly started her event organisation, SNEACS (Social Networking, Events and Creative Spaces), partly to get to know people after moving to Australia from Miami in January.

One of her first events was to throw herself a 1920s-themed birthday party at a uni bar with several live bands.

“I’m an international student and I came here not knowing anyone,” Kimberly said.

“But I really believe in the importance of artistic collaboration and getting out there and promoting local talent.”

Kimberly has had classical training and studied musical theatre in the United States and worked in New York and Miami (including appearing as an extra in TV’s Sex in the City).

At QUT, she is concentrating on jazz and blues performance, and plans to also study music events and festivals organisation next year.

“This is the first place in my whole life where I’ve really felt at home, so I hope to stay in Brisbane for a while,” she said.

The SNEACS Beats Festival will be held at QUT Kelvin Grove on Sunday, November 15 (the day after uni exams finish), in the F Block amphitheatre off Victoria Park Road, Kelvin Grove. Entry is free. Visit http://www.qutsneacs.com for band details and other information.

Musical Style


 

Major musical influences range from: Billie Holiday, Etta James, Lauryn Hill, Whitney Houston, The Jackson 5, The Supremes, Amy Winehouse, Mariah Carey, Billy Joel, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Joss Stone and Barbra Streisand and Fanny Brice among others. Most of her modern influences are heavily influenced modern versions of the Motown Classic Sound era or the Jazz/Blues era of before.

Album Reviews

  • Joe from A&R Select Reviews “Ohh So Talented…”

These tracks are a set of smart, diverse, well written light pop, r&b, light rock tracks with a slight lounge aspect to them. The tracks all have radio friendly sounds complete with catchy choruses and soulful vocals. These tracks have a wide range of sounds and grooves. The funk aspect is soft but very evident the whole time. All these tracks are laid back and smooth. The drumming keeps the flow going, along with the bass line of course. The keys, and synths add melody and depth the material. The vocals are a perfect fit for the music and come off very sexy and soulful. The guitars float through the background and keep that atmosphere. The album is filled with smart raps and rhythmically up beat tracks as well. The choruses are catchy and stick with you. This album is impressive from multiple aspects. All in all, well written, performed, and tracked. Inventive from beginning to end.

  • Myspace Reviews “Ohh So Talented”

Sultry R&B vocals set upon a jazzy background of live instruments, whirls you into a summer of love, confusion, and happiness. Kimberly’s style of voice is a mixture of Lauryn Hill, Billie Holiday, and Alicia Keys all in one. Kimberly Hall is a very unique artist with a clear future ahead of her.

Press Release


R&B mistress Kimberly Hall signs with A&R Select
HOLLYWOOD, CA – A&R Select, Hollywood’s hottest indie A&R firm, has announced a new member of the team – red hot R&B artist Kimberly Hall.
According to a spokesman for A&R Select “Kimberly Hall sizzles with electricity. Her soulful stylings are without peer and she performs with a singular and focuses passion.” “Music,” Hall offers, “makes me feel alive, like the wind has been knocked out of me and music is the only thing that I can breathe.” She describes the potency of her impassioned singing as something that transcends the mere physicality of breath and vocal chords. Though, “The Soul she sings is an experience of the soul,” A&R Select declares.

Says Hall, “Music fills me with a spiritual energy.” Great music never fails to elicit an emotional response, she continues, whether she’s the singer or listener. “Beautiful music makes me cry.” Every time, she adds.
Following in a grand musical tradition of R&B, Hall’s goal is to move forward with respect for the styles roots but with a new interpretation all her own. “My vision is to create new, exciting and enjoyable music with a vibe of the past.”

A key to her success, Hall believes, is what she has learned from a variety of sources. “I love working with different kinds of people. Every producer, for example, that I have worked with has brought me one step closer to the musical person I am today.”
Artistic boldness and musical trailblazing excite Hall and inspire her to push ahead with her own dreams. “I’m completely inspired by anyone that is daring enough to take a chance to create something new. A fusion of something old and classic with something new has always been successful.”

Hall has performed publicly in a variety of venues. She once received top praise from none other than Christopher Jackson (who played Simba on the Broadway version of “The Lion King”).“ Jackson heard me sing once and pulled me aside and said if I wasn’t on Broadway in a year, he’d be surprised.”

“So would we,’ says A&R Select.

More information is available by visiting www.arselect.com.

Film & Acting


Hall has made appearances as an extra in “The Whoopi Show: Sticky Fingers” and “Sex & The City: The Cold War Part 1“. She has also worked as a production assistant on many films such as: Taxi (2004), New York Minute (2004), Fantastic Four (2005), Just My Luck (2006), TV show Law & Order: Trial By Jury (2005), and Tribeca Fim Festival Entry American Express: My Life. My Card. Scorsese on DeNiro (2004) Discography

 


  • “Deeply Captivated” – DJ Lance Jordan & Boryka – Blue Nova Studios/ Vibrate Music Records – Single, 2005
  • “If Only” – DaMo’ Muzik Prd. – Single, 2004
  • “Caught Between Two” – DaMo’ Muzik Prd. – Single, 2004
  • “I Can’t Leave This Alone” – DaMo’ Muzik Prd. – Single, 2004
  • “Dancin’ ” – DaMo’ Muzik/Sony Music UK – Single, 2003
  • “So In Love” – Shawn “MIMS” Mims (Unreleased) – Single, 2005
  • “Ohh So Talented…” Demo
    • “So In Love/ Wait A Minute/ I’m Leavin’ ” (Pop R&B/Urban R&B)
      Recorded 2005
      Produced by: MIMS
      Arranged by: Kimberly Hall & MIMS
    • “Amount To Nothin ft/ Kimberly Hall”: (Urban R&B/Hip Hop)
      Recorded with MIMS
      Recorded 2003
      Produced by: MIMS
      Feature Arranged by: Kimberly Hall
    • “So In Love”: (Pop/R&B)
      Recorded 2005
      Produced by: MIMS
      Arranged by: Kimberly Hall
    • “Dancin'”: (Club/Dance Demo)
      Recorded 2001
      Produced by: Damo’ Muzik Productions (Redwood City, California)
      Arranged by: Damo’ Muzik Productions
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