Kimbra Profile

aka Kimbra Lee Johnson
Gareth Shute
17 Jul 2020

Kimbra’s career is a master class in how to make a career in popular music while still thriving as an artist. Her most well-known achievement was featuring on a single with Belgian/Australian musician Gotye, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’. The hit song reached the top of the Billboard 100 and received a Grammy Award.

Kimbra successfully used this attention to shine light on her own songs, placing her own album in the Top 40 of the US charts and having a run of tracks that did huge numbers online.

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Watch: Kimbra at Berkley Middle School, aged 12 (2002)
Kimbra onstage at the 2011 Moomba Festival in Melbourne with Stevie McQuinn Jnr on drums.
Photo credit: Ozzmosis
Kimbra in an early promotional photograph.
Kimbra - Simply On My Lips (2007)
Kimbra - Settle Down (2010)
Kimbra, 2016 promotional image.
Kimbra - Vows (2011)
Kimbra, 2020.
Photo credit: John Michael Fulton
Kimbra in a publicity shot.
Photo credit: Publicity image
Watch: Kimbra appears on What Now?, aged 10 (2001)
Kimbra in a 2012 promotional photograph.
Kimbra - Primal Heart (2018)
Kimbra – a promotional image for The Golden Echo (2014).
Kimbra - Miracle (2014, from the album The Golden Echo)
Kimbra - Settle Down (2010)
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Kimbra in a photo taken for the cover of her 2014 single '90s Music'.
Photo credit: Promotional image
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Kimbra - Human (2018, from the album Primal Heart)
Kimbra - Top of the World (2017, from the album Primal Heart)
Gotye feat. Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know (2011)
Kimbra in a promotional image for her album Primal Heart (2018).
Photo credit: Micaiah Carter
Kimbra - Cameo Lover (2011)
Kimbra photographed in 2019.
Photo credit: Publicity photo
Kimbra, 2020.
Photo credit: John Michael Fulton
Kimbra Lee Johnson.

Kimbra’s career was also boosted early on by having her songs synched for use on television and in other media. In 2012, her song ‘Good Intent’ appeared on hit show Grey’s Anatomy (the same song was also used for the The Sims 3 PlayStation game and she re-recorded the vocals in “Simlish” for it). Later that same year, ‘With My Hands’ appeared in Tim Burton movie, Frankenweenie.


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