Who is She?
Kima was born in Dallas, Texas on December 16, 1992. She lived in Oceanside, California with her mother and stepfather up until age 8 when she and her mother moved back to Dallas.
Growing up Kima loved music and loved to perform, catching her first singing role at age 3 in a Christmas pageant. Her mother and grandmother were musicians also, so there was always a lot of encouragement around for Kima to pursue arts; whether that be singing songs and playing the organ in her grandmother’s house or being active in school plays, choir, and church choir. When Kima got to High School, she was able to start exploring her love for science as well as music, taking up a number of advanced courses as well as being in theater and the top auditioning choirs at Duncanville High School. In addition to being active there she spent some time during the school year, but every summer for 8 years, in a program called “The Dallas Black Academy of Arts and Letters”, or TBAAL. Her mother had been actively involved in the program growing up and offered Kima the same opportunity. TBAAL is where Kima really came alive; it is where she got to be introduced to and professionally trained in all areas of production; acting, singing, dancing, designing sets, designing clothes, lighting, film, directing, you name it and TBAAL had it there to teach the city kids of Dallas. On the other side of that; you name it and Kima was good at it, gaining recognition from every instructor she had, to getting lead roles in dance, acting, and singing in the musical productions the program would put on every summer. She also got the opportunity at age 17 to be a part of a mass choir that sang behind Chrisette Michele and Ledisi. Duncanville High School didn’t allow Kima’s talent to go unnoticed, now, as she was frequently selected to sing the National Anthem at volley ball games, basketball games, and her senior year solo at a football playoff game that aired on live television.
Kima is now well versed in poetry, rapping, producing, musicianship, performing live shows, and most importantly singing.
Artists that she looks(ed) up to are Kirk Franklin, Israel Hougton, J Moss, Andy Meneo, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, India Irie, Musiq Soulchild, Kelly Price, Xscape, Beyonće, Kehlani, H.E.R., Armon & Trey, Masego, Lauryn Hill/The Fugees, De La Soul, Nas, Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa, and many more.
“Feed your mind body and soul through musical, culinary, and artistic experiences"”
— Queen Kima