Learning How to Love
- Artist: Kimberlee
- Format: CD
- Release Date:3/27/2001
'A PASSIONATE VOICE...her heavy R&B voice is one part Macy Gray, one part Tina Turner, and just a smidge of Ani DiFranco and Natalie Merchant added for texture...' - The Orange County Register, Costa Mesa Breeze 'Wow! This artist makes her debut with a rock/soul/folk sound that takes others a lifetime to master.' - Borders Books & Music Kimberlee's Bio Kimberlee, Singer/Songwriter and Nationally Distributed Recording Artist, performs an inspiring soulful rock sound delivered to impact. With an eclectic stylistic background and a truthful vulnerability, Kimberlee has created her own powerfully expressive identity. Kimberlee M. Leber was born at UC Hospital, San Francisco, CA two hours before Thanksgiving Day in 1968, only blocks away from the acclaimed music scene (Haight/Ashbury and Golden Gate Park) that was generating world recognition by artists like Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead. One might connect the uncanny proximation of her birthplace along with her own vision to have worldwide impact one day through music. Kimberlee realized that music was a language itself at an early age. She found that it seemed to possess some kind of medicine for the heart. By the time Kimberlee was eight years old, she had decided she was going to become a singer when she grew up. She still remembers the day she told her Mom this. Kimberlee believed that one day, through a career in music, she would be able to help thousands upon thousands in the most remote places of the world that were hungering for food, clothes, and hope. At age twelve, Kimberlee received her first guitar. She was fortunate to be mentored under the wing of Phil St. Pierre (he performed with such greats as Louis Armstrong) one year later. This opened up many opportunities for her. For nearly three years, she would work with Phil, learning how to perform in front of large crowds, and bring joy to people through song. When Kimberlee was fifteen, she was chosen to study voice under world renowned Vocal Coach, Judy Davis. Typically, Davis didn't accept students unless they were eighteen years of age, but she made an exception with Kimberlee because her voice was especially mature. Studying voice with Judy Davis was a real privilege since she had a roster of former clients, such as Janis Joplin, Barbra Streisand, Grace Slick, the Grateful Dead, Eddie Money, Steve Perry, Eric Martin, and others. For nine years, Kimberlee continued instruction with Judy Davis, growing vocally and in many ways, growing up. Over the course of those nine years, Kimberlee began to develop her own style. Having been influenced from country, rock, folk, blues, and R&B, she grew to appreciate many sounds and started combining them in her own singing. Some of the artists that had the greatest impact on her were Wynonna, Aretha Franklin, Patty Smythe, Janis Joplin, Rickie Lee Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Melissa Etheridge, Koko Taylor, Toni Childs, Taylor Dayne, and Chaka Kahn. As she matured, Kimberlee realized her own need to express her heart through songwriting and discovered that music is one of the most powerful mediums we have for communication. 'In a moment of song', she says, 'hope can be restored and inspiration found'. Kimberlee has come to believe music is a universal expression that crosses cultures and ethnicities, able to heal the pain we have caused one another within the human race. Kimberlee wants to write and perform songs that plant seeds of hope for a better world. For the last fifteen years, Kimberlee has been fortunate to have performed for the United States Olympics, sung in front of crowds as big as 20,000 at Candlestick Park (3 Com) for the Giants, entertained at the San Francisco Press Club for national and international events, won first place in a Nashville Talent Competition, appeared on local and national radio and television, and most dear to her heart, participated in different benefit concerts and events to raise money for different benevolent contributions. She has performed and/or recorded with some very talented artists in the industry, such as Bryant Mills (Drummer for John Lee Hooker, Maria Maldaur, Michelle Schocked), Terry Carleton (session Drummer for the late Kevin Gilbert who began Tuesday Night Music Club with Sheryl Crow), Al Berry (Sony Records Recording Artist and former Bassist for B. B. King, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ric Ocasek), Eddie Caipo (Producer and/or Engineer for No Doubt, Santana's Karl Perazzo, Deftones), Luther Tucker (Legendary Blues Guitarist), Tristan Bishop (former Vocalist for HouseJacks, Producer/Songwriter for Geffen recording artists, KAI), J.R. Johnston (Bassist for Cream of Wee Gee, Produced by Eric Valentine of Smashmouth) and others. In January 2000, Kimberlee released her rockin' soulfolk sound on her debut EP album, 'Learning How To Love'. Her inspiring album can be found at stores Nationally, and on CDBaby.com. Kimberlee is currently touring in support of her album, while working in the studio on her next album with Producer/Arranger/Keyboardist, Paul Laurence (Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill, Kenny G, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, Freddie Jackson, Melba Moore, Keith Washington, Smokey Robinson). With numerous Platinum and Gold records credited to Paul's name, Kimberlee is bound to come out with a great follow up to her debut!
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