Kari Kimmel

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Kimmel performing at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles in 2014

Kari Meredyth Kimmel is an American singer/songwriter whose style is generally classified as pop with rock, country and R&B influences. Many of her songs have been used in movies and TV shows. Her song "Let's Light It Up" was used by WWE professional wrestler AJ Lee as entrance music.

Biography[edit]

Kari’s story is one of extreme hard work and intense passion. Originally from South Florida, Kari Kimmel moved to Los Angeles to pursue her love of music. Since then, she has done everything from writing, recording and co-producing her own music to placing her songs in over 650 film and tv shows and has also been named one of the top 50 artists on VH1.com. 

Kari’s songs and voice have been featured in film and television shows such as: World War Z, Shall We Dance, Footloose, Pitch Perfect, Dreamgirls, Ella Enchanted, White Chicks, WALL-E, The Sims 3 & 4, The Office, The Young and the Restless, The Bold & The Beautiful, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Arrow, Smash, New Girl, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Grimm, NCIS, The Good Wife, Under The Dome, Justified, The DUFF, Pitch Perfect I and II, Intervention, and Southpaw to name a few.  Her songs have also been used in promos and trailers for the films and TV shows House, 90210, Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy, Nights in Rodanthe, The Walking Dead, Beautiful Creatures and Fortitude. Kari has currently written and/or sung over 14 theme songs… including The Fosters which is currently entering it's 5th Season and most recently the Dreamworks show Spirit Riding Free. Kari’s voice can be heard on many National TV commercials such as Nissan, Jello, Sara Lee, and most recently Google. 

Kari has had on camera performances singing on shows and films such as  NCIS, The Middle, and the Al Pacino film “Imagined”.  And she has sung backgrounds for some incredible artists she greatly respects over the past few years.  Kari has sung with artists such as Ringo Starr, Dave Grohl, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, Pharrell, and Keith Urban for “The Beatles Tribute” that aired on CBS.  She also performed at “The 2014 Grammys” singing with Ringo Starr as well as the “Lifetime of Peace and Love” concert honoring Ringo.  In addition to those performances, she sang with Bruce Springsteen for the 2015 MusicCares event, as well as Toby Keith and Willie Nelson, among others for a tribute concert honoring Waylon Jennings. Kari currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two kids.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • A Life In The Day (2006)
  • Out Of Focus (2010)
  • From The Vault (2011)
  • Go (2011)
  • Black (2015)

EPs[edit]

  • Pink Balloon (2008)
  • Own It (2011)
  • Christmastime (2012)
  • Fix You Up (2013)

Singles[edit]

  • "Let It Go/Taking a Ride" (2008)
  • "Low" (2008)
  • "Dance With Joy" feat. Matt Meils (2008)
  • "Pennies for Adam" (2011)
  • "STFU" (2011)
  • "Black" (2011)
  • "Let's Light it Up" (2011)
  • "Fire" (2012)
  • "Payphone" (2012)
  • "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" (2012)
  • "Fourteen Minutes" (2012)
  • "BNE (Best Night Ever)" (2012)
  • "Fix You Up" (2012)
  • "Where you Belong" (2013)
  • "Perfect Day" (2012)
  • "Christmastime" (2012)
  • "While You Were Up High" (2013)
  • "Fingerprints" (2012)

Songs appearing in films, TV series and games[edit]

Year Film Song Credits
2003 The Young and the Restless
"Episode #1.7770"
"Higher" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel, David Kurtz, and Jack Allocco
2004 8 Simple Rules
"Opposites Attract: Part 2"
"Wonderful Day" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel, Joel Parkes, and Shaun Shankel
2004 Shall We Dance? "Taking a Ride" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Chris Pelcer
2004 The Young and the Restless
"Episode #1.7906"
"Broken" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel, David Kurtz, and Jack Allocco
2004 The Young and the Restless
"Episode #1.7930"
"Try So Hard" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel, David Kurtz, and Jack Allocco
2004 Ella Enchanted "It's Not Just Make Believe" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Russ Desalvo and Amy Powers
2004 Chestnut: Hero of Central Park "Wonderful Day" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel, Joel Parkes, and Shaun Shankel
2005 The Young and the Restless
"Episode #1.8146"
"It's Over Now" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2006 The Young and the Restless
"Episode #1.8312"
"It's Over Now" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2006 The Young and the Restless
"Episode #1.8323"
"It's Over Now" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2006 The Young and the Restless
"Episode #1.8865"
"It's Over Now" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2006 The Young and the Restless
"Episode #1.8926"
"It's Over Now" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2006 The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold "Taking A Ride" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kimmel and Chris Pelcer
2006 Pepper Dennis
"Frat Boys May Lose Their Manhood: Film at Eleven"
"Before You" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Tom DeLuca
2006 So You Think You Can Dance
"Dancers Cut to 20"
"It Must Have Been Love" Performed by Kari Kimmel
2006 America's Next Top Model
"The Girl Who Marks Her Territory"
"When I Finally Get to See You" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2006 Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County
"Show Them What You've Got"
"Taking A Ride" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Chris Pelcer
2006 Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County
"The Thrill of the Hunt"
"Incomplete" Written by Kari Kimmel, Sabelle Breer, Rob Fusari, Bill Lee, Calvin Gaines, Lindy Robbins, Dan Muckala, and Jess Cates
2007 Girl, Positive "Fly" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Busbee (songwriter)
2007 Victoria Beckham: Coming to America "Taking A Ride" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Chris Pelcer
2007 Decision House "Make It Right" (theme song) Written by Kari Kimmel and Devin Powers
2007 Kim Possible
"Graduation Part 2"
"This Is Our Year" Performed by Kari Kimmel with Drew Seeley
2007 Custody "Taking A Ride" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Chris Pelcer
2007 The Haunting of Sorority Row "Can't Be Everything" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Busbee (songwriter)
2007 Holiday in Handcuffs "Taking A Ride" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Chris Pelcer
2007 The Hills
"The Best Night Ever"
"Notice Me" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Shaun Shankel
2007 The Hills
"What Goes Around"
"Naked" Written by Kari Kimmel
2008 The Hills
"Paris Changes Everything"
"Incomplete" Performed by Backstreet Boys
Written by Kari Kimmel, Sabelle Breer, Rob Fusari, Bill Lee, Calvin Gaines, Lindy Robbins, Dan Muckala, and Jess Cates
2008 The Hills
"Girls Night Out"
"Let It Go" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2008 The Hills
"Mr. and Mrs. Pratt"
"Remember" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2008 Guiding Light
"Episode #1.15423"
"Maybe I Can Be" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2008 Tinker Bell (film) "Fly With Me" Performed by Kari Kimmel
2008 Wall-E "Didn't You See the Movie" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written Kimmel and Busbee (songwriter)
2009 Bitter Sweet (2009 film) "Notice Me" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Shaun Shankel
2009 Princess Protection Program "Is It Just Me" Performed by Kari Kimmel
2009 Ruby (TV series)
"Training Daze"
"Taking A Ride" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Chris Pelcer
2009 Leave It to Lamas
"Babes in Bikerland"
"Taking A Ride" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Chris Pelcer
2010 Greek (TV series)
"I Know What You Did Last Summer"
"Remember" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Bad Girls Club
"Amber Alert!"
"Own It" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Bad Girls Club
"Amber Alert!"
"Great Big World" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Bad Girls Club
"Clip Show"
"Great Big World" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Bad Girls Club
"The Puppet Master"
"Vegas Baby" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2011 The Family Tree "Shut the Fuck Up" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 First Love, Second Chance
"Chris and Pam"
"One Day You'll Be Fine" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Space Dogs 3D "Watching Over You" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Space Dogs 3D "I Got You" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel and Joe Corcoran
2010 The Real World: Washington D.C.
"Sisterhood and Brotherly Love"
"Great Big World" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 The Real World: Washington D.C.
"Out of the Closet and Onto the Stage"
"One Day You'll Be Fine" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 10 Things I Hate About You
"Don't Trust Me"
"Pink Balloon" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Fly Girls
"Cabin Pressure"
"Let It Go" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Mercy
"Too Much Attitude and Not Enough Underwear"
"Low" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 What Chili Wants
"The Calendar Model"
"Own It" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Pretty Little Liars
"The Jenna Thing"
"Remember" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Battle of the Wedding Designers
"Rock and Roll Wedding Design"
"Remember" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Reviving Ophelia "Remember" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Reviving Ophelia "Save Me" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2010 Life Unexpected
"Plumber Cracked"
"Trouble" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2011 iCarly "Call Me" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2011 My Future Boyfriend "Call Me" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2011 The Nine Lives of Chloe King
"Pilot"
"Brand New Day" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2011 The Lying Game
"East Of Emma"
"Go" Performed by Kari Kimmel
2011 The Chaperone "Let It Go" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2011 The Chaperone "Go" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2012 The Lying Game
"No Country for Young Love"
"One Day You'll Be Fine" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2012 Being Human
"Mama Said There'd Be Decades Like These"
"Black" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2012 The Walking Dead
Season 3 Trailer
"Black" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2013 The Vampire Diaries
"Pictures of You"
"Remember" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2013–Present The Fosters
Opening Theme
"Where You Belong" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2013 The Fosters
"Quinceañera"
"Shooting Star" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2013 Necessary Roughness
"Sucker Punch Season 3 episode 9"
"Black" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2015 "The Fosters"
"Lucky"
"Best Thing" Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel
2015 The Duff "Nothing Left To Lose" Performed by Kari Kimmel
2016 The Sims 4

"Backyard Stuff Theme"

Performed by Kari Kimmel
Written by Kari Kimmel

Songs recorded by other artists[edit]

The following artists have covered Kari Kimmel's songs:

References[edit]

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