Kimberly Cole

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Kimberly Cole
Kimberly Cole - The Prelude Cover by Brian Ziff.jpg
Kimberly Cole on the cover of The Prelude
Background information
Born Orange County, California, United States
Genres
Occupations
  • Singer
  • Competitive Skater
Instruments
  • Guitar
  • Vocals
  • Piano
Years active 2008–present
Labels
  • Crystal Ship
  • Atlantic
  • Bigbeat
Associated acts
Website kimberlycolemusic.com

Kimberly Cole (b. Orange County, California[1]) is an American pop singer, songwriter, and music correspondent/host. She is signed with the William Morris Endeavor agency, and has interviewed celebrities, bands, and other recording artists for MTV and the American Music Awards.[1][2] Cole's Twitter account has over 2 million followers,[3] having hit the one million followers mark on March 25, 2009.[2][3][4] She was ranked #45 on the Celebuzz 2012 list of 101 Hot Bodies, as well as declared "Eye Candy" by XXL Mag and "Buzzworthy" by MTV.[5] She has also been featured in MTV Style,[6][7][8] Nylon Magazine,[9] and Idolator.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Cole has studied voice, piano, and dance since the age of four,[11] as well as earned a degree in theater at UCLA.[12] [13] She is also a champion professional artistic roller skater who has performed in competitions, and was nationally recognized in her teens.[11][12][14][15][16] She is quarter of Russian descent.[17]

Sound[edit]

Throughout her career, Cole's sound has been characterized by sassy lyrics, in genres ranging from dance-pop[18] to experiments with dubstep, electronic, and reggae influences (as seen on her EP The Prelude).[10] Her 2013 single "Found Better" was described by Nylon Magazine as sounding like "Gwen Stefani at her most reggae paired with major EDM beats".[9]

Promotions[edit]

Cole's performances had led her to soundtrack albums on Sony Pictures, including Brothers in Arms, and Maverick Records' Country General. [13] Cole's album Bad Girls Club was released on iTunes in 2010, promoting Oxygen Network's The Bad Girls Club with her single "Smack You," which was featured throughout season 5 of the show. The album served as the soundtrack to the season 6.[18] The multiplatform release was the first co-branded album for Oxygen Media, promoted with an extensive social media campaign hashtagged #UpToNoGood.[3] She also did two songs for the movie Fame (2009).[19] Cole was featured with her song "I Know" from the television film Mean Girls 2. Her song "U Make Me Wanna" (with Eddie Amador and featuring Garza[disambiguation needed]) was featured in Basketball Wives LA.[20] She has appeared in commercials for Mountain Dew, Rubbermaid, Sony, and Sketchers. [13]

Cole participated in a viral campaign for Alicia Keys' Keep a Child Alive charity to raise $1 million and awareness for the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa and India.[21][22][23][24][25]

Songwriting[edit]

Kimberly Cole has written and co-written all of her own material,[14] as well as songs for a variety of other artists, including Inna ("Crazy Sexy Wild") and Chris Willis ("Faded"),[26] as well as Linnea's hit "Dance Through Fire" which reached #30 on the Billboard charts.[12][27][28]

Performances[edit]

Cole has performed with Lenny Kravitz, Jessica Simpson, Will Smith, and Mýa,[29] as well as opened for Katy Perry, LMFAO, Lupe Fiasco, Cobra Starship, and Shiny Toy Guns.[2][14][30][31] She performed live at The Colony in Los Angeles as headliner of the Colony Royale New Year's Eve 2011 party.[32]

In 2012, she hosted the live online pre-show for the 40th anniversary American Music Awards,[33][34][35][36] as well as the weekly webseries "AMAs on Demand" alongside Lance Bass and Megan Turney.[37][38][39]

She co-starred alongside Eliza Dushku playing the role of a background singer in the FOX TV series Dollhouse, as well as contributing the title theme (which she wrote as well as performed) and two other songs for the episode "Stage Fright".[14][16][40] She has also been featured as a celebrity guest judge on VH1's Saddle Ranch.[41]

Cole collaborated with Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham on a series for Style Haul called "FM", which she hosted. She described the project saying, "It's a mini-docuseries - reality but with music and a sneak peak of everything that goes on behind-the-scenes. And it's very cool to be able to share that because so far I feel like my fans really haven't gotten to see that side - and I'm not afraid to show that dirty, down to earth girl that I am when I'm in the studio."[30][42][43][44]

Internet celebrity Nathan Barnatt auditioned for a role in her "U Make Me Wanna" music video. The resulting footage became a viral video.[45][46][47] Barnatt also appears in the final cut, as Cole and her team reworked their original concept of the video to include his performance.[30][48]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Bad Girls Club

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Nitty Gritty
Superstar
The Prelude

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album Ranking
"Smack You" 2010 Bad Girls Club Billboard #4
"Arrow Through My Heart"
(with Eddie Amador feat. Garza)
2011 TBA Billboard #16
"U Make Me Wanna"
(with Eddie Amador feat. Garza)
2012 Billboard #13[49]
"Like It" 2013 The Prelude
"Found Better" 2013 The Prelude[50]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kimberly Cole's Biography". Artist Biography. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeff-rivera/singing-sensation-kimberl_b_513726.html
  3. ^ a b c http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2010/12/21/oxygen-media-teams-up-with-pop-sensation-kimberly-cole-for-networks-first-ever-co-branded-album-to-be-released-on-itunes-december-21-984504/20101221oxygen01/
  4. ^ http://twitter.com/KimberlyCole1
  5. ^ http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2009/01/12/the-buzz-on-kimberly-cole/
  6. ^ http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-08-20/celebuzz-101-hot-bodies-kimberly-cole-says-trick-to-staying-in-shape-is-dancing-photos-and-video/
  7. ^ http://www.xxlmag.com/xxl-magazine/2012/11/eye-candy-kimberly-cole-is-crazy-sexy-wild/
  8. ^ http://www.mtv.com/photos/mtv-style-hot-shoes-2011-edition/1656346/6150347/photo.jhtml#6150347
  9. ^ a b http://www.nylonmag.com/articles/kimberly-cole-found-better#
  10. ^ a b http://www.idolator.com/7504711/kimberly-cole-the-prelude-ep-idolator-premiere
  11. ^ a b http://www.campuscircle.com/review.cfm?r=7754
  12. ^ a b c http://www.popstar.com/Celebrity/Kimberly+Cole/Interview/1
  13. ^ a b c Andrew Leahey. "Kimberly Cole Biography". All Music Guide. Retrieved 3 March 2011. 
  14. ^ a b c d http://www.seventeen.com/cosmogirl/kimberly-cole-interview
  15. ^ http://www.popeater.com/2010/10/14/kimberly-cole-smack-you-video/
  16. ^ a b http://www.popstar.com/Celebrity/Kimberly+Cole/Interview/2
  17. ^ Cole, Kimberly (December 23, 2013). "Twitter: KimberlyCole1: I luv russia!!! I'm 1/4 russian!!! RT @DolarD_Ametist @KimberlyCole1 russia loves u!!!!". Twitter.com. Retrieved December 20, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b http://www.adweek.com/news/television/oxygen-cuts-record-bad-girls-104072
  19. ^ http://www.beautynewsnyc.com/travel/pillows-paris-and-performances-budding-pop-star-kimberly-cole%E2%80%99s-travel-tips/
  20. ^ http://www.vh1.com/shows/basketball_wives_la/show_music.jhtml
  21. ^ http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/news/2010/dec/09/interview-dead-singer-kimberly-cole/
  22. ^ http://buylife.org/involved/kimberly-cole/
  23. ^ http://www.accesshollywood.com/keep-a-child-alives-digital-death-world-aids-day-campaign_gallery_2737/image_134149
  24. ^ http://keepachildalive.org/media/campaigns/buy-life-digital-death/
  25. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/949980/watch-stars-go-offline-for-aids-make-last-tweet-and-testament-videos
  26. ^ http://www.soultracks.com/chris-willis
  27. ^ http://linneaonline.com/?page_id=9
  28. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/pollo-del-mar/kimberly-cole-gretchen-rossi_b_1644869.html
  29. ^ http://artists.letssingit.com/kimberly-cole-roller-cutie-kimberly-cole-qjmss/news/294429/1
  30. ^ a b c http://news.yahoo.com/kimberly-cole-music-her-viral-video-hit-fashion-175500086.html
  31. ^ http://www.collegemagazine.com/editorial/2644/Roller-Skating-Rock-Star-Kimberly-Cole-has-15-million-followers--Are-you-one-of-them
  32. ^ http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20453721,00.html
  33. ^ http://allhiphop.com/2012/10/24/rapper-nicki-minaj-announced-as-headliner-for-40th-annual-american-music-awards/
  34. ^ http://www.vibe.com/article/usher-keha-justin-bieber-and-more-added-american-music-awards-performances
  35. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1696453/pink-carrie-underwood-pitbull-american-music-awards.jhtml
  36. ^ http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards/blogs/show-news/taylor-swift-nicki-minaj-and-linkin-park-performing
  37. ^ http://www.frequencynews.com/wordpress/general-discussion/american-music-awards-rihanna-nicki-minaj-lead-nominees/
  38. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/photos/live/474712/american-music-awards-noms-behind-the-scenes-video
  39. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/video/american-music-awards-preview-lance-389927
  40. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20120723111921/http://tvshowmusic.com/shows/dollhouse/season01.html
  41. ^ http://www.lovetwenty.com/2012/08/exclusive-interview-with-kimberly-cole/
  42. ^ http://globalgrind.com/style/iggy-azalea-kimberly-cole-photo-shoot-fm-stylehaul-video
  43. ^ http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-beauty/news/vampire-diaries-star-kat-graham-spills-her-best-fashion-beauty-secrets-2012157
  44. ^ http://www.lifeandstylemag.com/entertainment/news/chad-michael-murray-hangs-out-comic-con-and-other-celeb-sightings
  45. ^ http://www.mostwatchedtoday.com/tag/keith-apicary-u-make-me-wanna-audition/
  46. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504784_162-57408279-10391705/internet-dance-star-nathan-barnatt-auditions-for-kimberly-cole-music-video/
  47. ^ http://www.celebuzz.com/2012-04-03/internet-star-keith-apicary-auditions-for-kimberly-cole-video/
  48. ^ http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2012/06/25/kimberly-cole-u-make-me-wanna-video/
  49. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/305896/kimberly+cole/chart
  50. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/5770384/kimberly-cole-like-it-exclusive-song-premiere

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