Kim Walker-Smith

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Kim Walker-Smith
Birth name Kimberlee Dawn Walker
Born (1981-12-19) December 19, 1981 (age 35)
Origin Redding, California
Genres Contemporary worship music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter and worship leader
Instruments Singing
Labels Jesus Culture
Associated acts Jesus Culture

Kim Walker-Smith (born December 19, 1981 as Kimberlee Dawn Walker)[1] 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.[2][3] 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.[4]

Her rendition of the John Mark McMillan song, "How He Loves", has been viewed over 17 million times on YouTube.[5] Her rendition of Brian Johnson's and Jon Mohr's song, "Where You Go I Go",[6] has over 6 million views on YouTube.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Kim Walker was born in Albany, Oregon and "raised in a small farm town called Klamath Falls, Oregon."[8] 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 Her family moved frequently, causing her to be shy and withdrawn as a result of always being "the new kid".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."[8] 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.[9]

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.[8] 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.”[10]

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."[11] 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.[11]

In 2009, Walker married Skyler William Smith (born March 25, 1981),[12][13][14][15] 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.[11] 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.[16] 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."[8] 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”[10]…"I've always looked at music as a vehicle to get me to people".[11]

In July 16, 2013 Walker-Smith and her husband, Skyler, released, Home, their first album together.[17] Their son, Wyatt Smith, was born September 25, 2013.[18] Their second son, Bear, was born in December 2014.[19][20] 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.[21]

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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Family Search (2009). "U.S. Public Records Index". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
  2. ^ "Here Is My Song > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved June 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ Kyra Goldman, Special to the Record Searchlight. "Kim Walker Releases Solo Album". Redding.com. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Elevation to partner with Jesus Culture Music in UK and Europe". Christian Today. February 13, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ "How He Loves Us - Kim Walker-Smith / Jesus Culture". YouTube. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  6. ^ "Page Not Found". 
  7. ^ jesusculture. "Where You Go I Go". Retrieved March 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ "Jesus Culture: 'Raising Up Revivalists' - Today's Christian Woman". 
  10. ^ a b "Kim Walker-Smith". Jesus Culture. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Kim Walker-Smith Biography - Facts, Life Story, Music Career". LyricsHall.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ 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. Retrieved January 6, 2015.  Work ID No. 888542188 ISWC No. T9165070440 IPI No. 719618811 (SMITH SKYLER WILLIAM)
  13. ^ "Skyler W Smith in California". Intelius. Retrieved January 6, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Skyler Smith". Jesus Culture. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ "Jesus Culture Band Main Artist Page :: JESUS CULTURE MUSIC". Jesusculture.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Home with Kim Walker-Smith and Skyler Smith". The Christian Broadcasting Network, CBN.com. 
  18. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith (@kimwalkersmith) - Twitter". 
  19. ^ "Kim Walker-Smith". Jesus Culture. 
  20. ^ "Jesus Culture's Kim Walker-Smith Talks Tragic Loss Leading Up to New Album". CP Entertainment. 
  21. ^ Longs, Herb. "Jesus Culture's Kim Walker-Smith Is Expecting". Retrieved February 15, 2017. 

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