Kim Walker-Smith

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Kim Walker-Smith
Birth nameKimberlee Dawn Walker
Born (1981-12-19) December 19, 1981 (age 37)
Albany, Oregon
OriginRedding, California
GenresContemporary worship music
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter and worship leader
InstrumentsVocals
LabelsJesus Culture
Associated actsJesus Culture

Kim Walker-Smith (born December 19, 1981 as Kimberlee Dawn Walker) is an American singer, songwriter, worship leader, and recording artist. She produced her first solo album, Here Is My Song, which was released in February 2008 through the Jesus Culture record label.[1][2] Walker-Smith is best known as the worship leader for the Jesus Culture Band and Jesus Culture events, and a worship pastor for Bethel Church in Redding.[3]

Her rendition of the John Mark McMillan song, "How He Loves", has been viewed over 20 million times on YouTube.[4] Her rendition of Brian Johnson's and Jon Mohr's song, "Where You Go I Go",[5] has over 8 million views on YouTube.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Kim Walker was born in Albany, Oregon and "raised in a small farm town called Klamath Falls, Oregon."[7] Her parents divorced when she was four years old. Her family moved frequently, causing her to be shy and withdrawn as a result of always being "the new kid". Walker stated that her family "for generations has been very musical and my mom put me on a stage when I was three. I grew up singing and was very involved in musical theater."[7] Walker gave her life to God when she was eighteen years old. During a challenging season in her life while attending Bethel, she received a vision about the love God had for her, and was a changed person after that encounter.[8]

In her early adulthood, Walker moved to Redding, California to attend a Christian college, but was struggling with her grades and wasn't happy attending university. One night while driving around she cried out to the Lord, and came across a 24-hour prayer house that had been recently set up by Bethel Church. Venturing inside, Walker was captivated and attended their church service the following Sunday. After a year she left university to attend the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM). She graduated from the BSSM after completing their two-year program, and after two more years was hired by the church as a worship pastor.[7] Walker has stated that the "greatest desire of [her] heart is to see God's kingdom and power manifest for people to be set free, healed, and radically changed as they encounter God in worship.”[9]

In 2005, Walker's "powerful voice won her $25,000 cash in an American Idol type of competition called So You Want to Be a Star, which aired on Chico television station KRVU. [She] is considered by many to be a forerunner in a new kind of worship referred to as prophetic worship."[10] Walker has cited Misty Edwards of the International House of Prayer and Suzy Yaraei of Morning Star Ministries, both prominent worship leaders in the evangelical community, as her greatest musical influences.[10]

In 2009, Walker married Skyler William Smith (born March 25, 1981),[11][12][13] another worship leader who also does graphic design and photography. She now releases music under the name Kim Walker-Smith instead of her maiden name.[10] In addition to her career of solo albums, she is also a member of the band Jesus Culture, which began as a youth worship band at Bethel, but now hosts multiple worship conferences around the country and produces a live record each year, in addition to frequently leading worship at Bethel.[14] In 2010, Walker-Smith stated that she was "at Bethel once to twice a month right now. We travel about three to four times a month. About 40 percent of that is Jesus Culture."[7] She has also expressed a desire for her music to expand into the secular community, expressing a passion for social justice and “to see the arts and creativity restored and a new standard set”[9]…"I've always looked at music as a vehicle to get me to people".[10]

In July 16, 2013 Walker-Smith and her husband, Skyler, released, Home, their first album together.[15] Their son, Wyatt Smith, was born September 25, 2013.[16] Their second son, Bear, was born in December 2014.[17][18] In December 2016 Kim announced she and Skylar were expecting their third child, which is a girl, and that she is working on another Jesus Culture album.[19] In early March, Jesus Culture announced that Walker-Smith would be releasing her first solo album since 2013, titled On My Side, on April 21[20]. The album reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums Chart as of May 13, 2017[21]. On June 9, 2017, Walker-Smith gave birth to her daughter, Maisie[22].

Discography[edit]

  • Everything (with Chris Quilala and Melissa How) (2006)
  • We Cry Out (with Chris Quilala and Melissa How) (2007)
  • Your Love Never Fails (with Chris Quilala and Melissa How) (2008)
  • Here Is My Song (2008)
  • Here Is Love (with Bethel Church featuring Chris Quilala & Kristene Mueller) (2009)
  • Consumed (with Chris Quilala and Melissa How) (2009)
  • My Passion EP (with Chris Quilala and Jesus Culture) (2010)
  • Come Away (with Chris Quilala and Jesus Culture) (2010)
  • Awakening (with Chris Quilala and Jesus Culture) (2011)
  • Live from New York (with Chris Quilala, Martin Smith, and Jesus Culture) (2012)
  • Still Believe (2013)
  • Home with Skyler Smith (2013)
  • Unstoppable Love (with Chris Quilala and Jesus Culture) (2014)
  • When Christmas Comes (2014)
  • Let It Echo (2016)
  • On My Side (2017)

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[23]
US
Christ

[24]
Here Is My Song
  • Released: 2008
Still Believe
  • Released: 2013
39 2
Home
  • Collaborative album with Skyler Smith
  • Released: 2013
47 2
On My Side
  • Released: 2017
68 1

Holiday albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[23]
US
Christ

[24]
US
Holiday

[25]
When Christmas Comes
  • Released: 2014
95 7 8

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Christ

[26]
Christ
Airplay

[27]
Christ
Digital

[28]
US
AC

[29]
"Carols of the Bells" 2014 25 13 When Christmas Comes
"Throne Room" 2017 17 22 3 On My Side
"Love Came Down" 2018 34 36 non-album single
"Just Be" 2019 42

As a featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Christ

[26]
Christ
Airplay

[30]
"In The River"
(Jesus Culture featuring Kim Walker-Smith)
2016 27 Let It Echo
"Alive In You"
(Jesus Culture featuring Kim Walker-Smith)
2017 39 33
"Love Has a Name"
(Jesus Culture featuring Kim Walker-Smith)
38 40 Love Has a Name
"Freedom"
(Jesus Culture featuring Kim Walker-Smith)
2018 31 25 Living With a Fire

Other charted songs[edit]

List of charting songs, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Christ

[26]
"On My Side" 2017 33 On My Side
"Fresh Outpouring" 45
"Glimpse" 47

Awards and nominations[edit]

Kim Walker-Smith, with her worship band, Jesus Culture, was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards for their album, Living With a Fire.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Here Is My Song > Overview". AllMusic. Retrieved June 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Kyra Goldman, Special to the Record Searchlight. "Kim Walker Releases Solo Album". Redding.com. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. ^ "Elevation to partner with Jesus Culture Music in UK and Europe". Christian Today. February 13, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  4. ^ "How He Loves Us - Kim Walker-Smith / Jesus Culture". Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Page Not Found".
  6. ^ jesusculture. "Where You Go I Go". Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d "Cross Rhythms Jesus Culture: Kim Walker Smith speaks about the powerful worship ministry from California". Crossrhythms.co.uk. March 12, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  8. ^ "Jesus Culture: 'Raising Up Revivalists' - Today's Christian Woman".
  9. ^ a b "Kim Walker-Smith". Jesus Culture. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  10. ^ a b c d "Kim Walker-Smith Biography - Facts, Life Story, Music Career". LyricsHall.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  11. ^ American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. "Your Voice Work ID No. 888542188 ISWC No. T9165070440 IPI No. 719618811 (SMITH SKYLER WILLIAM)". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2015. Work ID No. 888542188 ISWC No. T9165070440 IPI No. 719618811 (SMITH SKYLER WILLIAM)
  12. ^ "Skyler Smith". Jesus Culture. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Kim Walker-Smith (kimwalkersmith) (March 25, 2011). "Happy Birthday @Skyler_S!!!!! You are the BEST husband EVER!! I love you soooooooo MUCH!!!!!!". Twitter. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  14. ^ "Jesus Culture Band Main Artist Page :: JESUS CULTURE MUSIC". Jesusculture.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  15. ^ "Home with Kim Walker-Smith and Skyler Smith". The Christian Broadcasting Network, CBN.com.
  16. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith (@kimwalkersmith) - Twitter".
  17. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith". Jesus Culture.
  18. ^ "Jesus Culture's Kim Walker-Smith Talks Tragic Loss Leading Up to New Album". CP Entertainment.
  19. ^ Longs, Herb. "Jesus Culture's Kim Walker-Smith Is Expecting". Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  20. ^ "Jesus Culture's Kim Walker-Smith Set to Release New Solo Album On My Side". Niagara Frontier Publications. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  21. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith Earns First Top Christian Albums Leader". Billboard. May 4, 2017. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  22. ^ Thomasos Christine. "Kim Walker-Smith Debuts Pictures of Newborn Daughter". The Christian Post. Retrieved July 20, 2017.
  23. ^ a b "Kim Walker-Smith Album & Song Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  24. ^ a b "Kim Walker-Smithe Album & Song Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  25. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith Album & Song Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  26. ^ a b c "Kim Walker-Smith Album & Song Chart History (Christian Songs)". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 2, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  27. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith Album & Song Chart History - Christian Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  28. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith Album & Song Chart History - Christian Digital Songs". Billboard. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  29. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith Album & Song Chart History - Adult Contemporary". Billboard. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  30. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith Album & Song Chart History - Christian Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved April 10, 2015.
  31. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. December 5, 2018. Retrieved February 11, 2019.

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