New Zealand–born pop star Kimbra is a musical force innovating the shape of pop today as a songwriter, musician, producer, and adventurous performer. Her 2011 debut, Vows, No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200, was certified platinum in Australia and New Zealand. Kimbra exploded into the public consciousness that same year with “Somebody That I Used to Know,” a duet with Gotye that earned her two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The song topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2012 and was the bestselling song of that year in the U.S., eventually selling over 13 million copies. In 2014, she released the highly acclaimed album The Golden Echo, recruiting artists as diverse as Thundercat, Omar Rodríguez-López of the Mars Volta, Bilal, and John Legend to highlight her eclectic musical style.
Since her sophomore release, Kimbra has moved to New York, continuing to innovate her sound, performing with the Roots and David Byrne at the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in tribute to David Bowie, and also appearing at the Prince tribute at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, performing with his band, the Revolution. Alongside releasing a stand-alone single called “Sweet Relief" with producer Redinho, she released her third LP, Primal Heart, last year, which she coproduced with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Goldfrapp) before embarking on a worldwide tour, performing with acts as diverse as Byrne, Beck, and Odessa. Kimbra also released an additional version of the first single from Primal Heart featuring rapper Snoop Dogg, a new take and video for the standout track “Version of Me” featuring DAWN, and an EP entitled Songs from Primal Heart, Reimagined. The EP featured acoustic versions of four songs from the acclaimed full-length release. Kimbra will continue touring in 2019, including performances of intimate, unplugged versions of her songs to accompany the EP. This will further solidify her as one of today's most unpredictable and genre-defying mavericks.