Kim Richardson

Kim hails from Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. Born into a family of talented singers, actors and musicians, she knew very early that she wanted to get into the arts. She started dance lessons at age six, performed in her first school play at age seven and by age fourteen she'd moved on to singing in clubs and doing professional theatre productions. By eighteen, she had signed a two-year deal with A&M Records. Her first single, "He's My Lover" won her a Juno award for Most Promising Female Vocalist of the Year in 1986. Her second single, "Peek-A-Boo", brought her another Juno for the Best R&B/Soul Recording the following year. In 1994, after relocating from Toronto to Montreal, magic struck again when the group The Merlin Factor (of which she was the lead singer) won a Juno for the Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year and earned a Juno nomination in the same category the year after. In 2006, she released her first solo CD entitled Kaleidoscope – a co-production with blues singer and friend Nanette Workman.

Kim has dabbled with all types of music: rock, pop, disco, house, R&B, funk, gospel, jazz, country and even classical. Although not classically trained, she travelled to Prague, Czech Republic to record a classical piece composed by Philippe Leduc entitled The Wings of Fire with an 85-piece orchestra. She has also travelled to Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Morocco, Colombia, Netherlands, Germany and most parts of France.

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