- THE ART
- Ol Skool’
“Born with a Silver Mic in Her Mouth.”
Kim Yarbrough — a voice as sultry and haunting as a Southern Summer. One of the worlds’ most gifted vocalists . . . Since her Phenomenal Splash on Season 2 of NBC’s “THE VOICE”, the world knows just how gifted. After her appearance on “The Voice” she was interviewed on the “TODAY” Show with Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda and Al Roker. That same evening, she dropped in to sing with “The Roots” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”.
Classically trained, Kim sings in every style, from Broadway to Blues, Rock to R&B, Jazz to Jingles and everything in between. Her vocal prowess has been compared to the likes of Aretha Franklin. Her latest comparison is “Jennifer Hudson meets Chaka Khan”. She dominates every element— stage, film, recordings. Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph has dubbed her “Little Aretha”, The late “Teena Marie” labeled her voice as “The Truth”, and legendary singer/actress, Della Reese is quoted as saying, “You owe it to yourself to see Kim Yarbrough.” Maroon 5 front Man Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera have consistently pronounced Kim as a versatile powerhouse vocalist and “A force to be reckoned with.”
An extensive background in theater & dance, Kim is a quadruple threat. (Singer, actor, dancer and instrumentalist) She began as a young actor at the age of 8, and by the age of 14, many of the professional stages in her home of Memphis, Tennessee began to take note of her talent, casting her in featured roles or as the lead. These roles led to phone call after phone call to do studio recordings and live performances for legends like Al Green and Bobby “Blue” Bland. The applause in Memphis offered only a taste of the limelight, becoming a springboard for musical theater performances at some of the most prestigious theaters in the world: The Guthrie Theater and The Children’s Theater of Minneapolis, The Arena Stage in D.C., The Pasadena Playhouse, and the Le Clef Theater in Paris, France. Kim also performed in the National Tour of “Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” in the role of Nell Carter. This role came on the heels of the First Annual African-Americans and Europe International Conference in Paris, France where she was a featured actor and vocalist in that history-making event. In 2013, she toured with the rock musical, “One Night with Janis Joplin”, playing to sold out audiences and nightly standing ovations across the country.
Kim has garnered over 30,000 international social media followers as an actress & singer in commercials, and film, and on the TV smash hits “The Mindy Project”, “Jane the Virgin”, “New Girl”, “HOT in CLEVELAND”, “BONES”, “2 Broke Girls”, “Dexter”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, and a Comedy Sketch stint on the “CONAN” Show. She also starred as “Mattie” in the critically acclaimed West Coast Premiere of “The Women of Brewster Place, The Musical”, playing to sold out houses and for which she won a coveted “Ovation” Award, an “LA Weekly Theater Award”, and an NAACP Nomination for “Best Lead Actress”. Smash hits it seems, are Kim’s territory. Her soulful, searing vocals have been regularly featured on the FX television series “Sons of Anarchy”, and she recently snagged a role in the upcoming feature film “Secret In Their Eyes” starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
A producer since the age of 6, Kim has opened her own outrageous production shows to standing room only fans at the nations’ hottest and most notorious venues: The Rainbow, The Mint, The Derby, Prince’s fabled First Avenue & Glam Slam in Minneapolis, and B.B. Kings (Beale Street, Universal Citywalk, & Times Square). Kim rocked The 2011 Long Beach Pride Festival with her cast of thirty-two performers, sharing the Main Stage with Taylor Dayne, Thelma Houston, and Jennifer Holliday.
Kim picked up her first violin at the age of seven, and to her parents’ amazement, immediately began to play recognizable melodies on the instrument, all before her first violin lesson. Being a violinist early on, she encountered several opportunities to play as a child professional. As she devoured every sonata she could get her hands on, her parents could barely keep up with her schedule of auditions, rehearsals and symphonic performances, taxi-ing her from one end of the city (and sometimes the state) to the other. Her college career began with an offer of 4 Music Scholarships, and the pinnacle of her instrumental career came with a request to play for The Vice-President of the United States and as a violinist in the Kenny Loggins TNN television special, “December” with noted violinist Karen Briggs.
Kim made LA her home in the year 2000, and has enjoyed a dream career, holding her own alongside international artists & celebrities Jim Belushi, Katy Segal, Loretta Devine, Betty White, Cedric the Entertainer, Lalah Hathaway, Danny deVito, Octavia Spencer, Sheila E, Jackeé Harry, & living legends Stevie Wonder and Della Reese. Reese produced a stage show entitled, “Della Reese Presents Kim Yarbrough”, showcasing and introducing this talent to the Hollywood Entertainment Community.
Film making and writing her own original R&B, Gospel and Jazz songs are other avenues of success for this gifted artist. Kim has released three CDs on iTunes: two singles, “Nice and Slow” and “Brand New Day” and an EP of inspirational songs entitled “Dharma 888” which includes “Road to Freedom” written expressly for the film classic, “The Great Debaters”. Kim is recording her first full album since her appearance on “The Voice”. The first single, entitled “FAMILY TREE” released in October of 2014. Her second single “Born Under a Bad Sign” is scheduled to be released in Fall of 2015.