Frontier Touring has just announced that New Zealand singer and actress, Kimbra, will be making a special appearance at David Byrne's American Utopia Tour in NZ that's happening in November later this year.
The 28 year-old musician is known for mixing pop and classic R&B with a tinge of jazz and rock elements to her music, producing a very unique timbre. In an interview with American Songwriter magazine, she listed Prince, Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder as her influences. Some say her music style is eclectic.
David Byrne and Kimbra performed together once at the 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with The Roots. They covered David Bowie's "Fame".
Kimbra has covered Nina Simone's "Plain Gold Ring" for Billboard's Candid Covers. In the video, she said that she was aware of Nina Simone while growing up in a jazz school where she would perform a few of Simone's songs in a jazz medley.
Kimbra collaborated with funk and R&B singer Janelle Monáe to release a joint music video of them performing a mash-up of Aretha Franklin's "Rock Steady" and Michael Jackson's "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" in support of their joint tour, The Golden Electric Tour.
Watch their powerful performance below.
In 2012, Kimbra collaborated with Belgian-born Australian singer, Gotye on "Somebody That I Used to Know", an art pop track that won "Record of the Year" and "Best Pop Duo/Group Performance" awards at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards.
In some ways, Kimbra seems to complement David Byrne's equally quirky and eccentric personality. Let us know your thoughts below.