San Francisco native and now Nashville resident singer/songwriter Kimberlye Gold has been pursuing her dream and perfecting her craft since birth (her mother had her birth announcement printed as a theater ticket, "It's A Girl"). Beginning with the award-winning San Francisco rock 'n roll musical comedy, Breakfast In Marin, starring as "Sunny" when she was a teenager, she is no stranger to the stages and recording studios of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and London. Kimberlye has written/recorded and/or performed music with songwriters and producers as diverse as Narada Michael Walden (Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston) Frank Wildhorn (Jeckyl & Hyde), Trevor Gale ("Running To You" - Vanessa Williams), Kostas ("I Can Love You Better Than That" - Dixie Chicks), John Bettis ("Top Of The World" - The Carpenters, "One Moment In Time" - Whitney Houston, "Crazy For You" - Madonna) Michael Garvin ("Waiting For Tonight" - Jennifer Lopez), Billy Lee ("The One" - Gary Allan), and Holly Lamar ("Breathe" - Faith Hill). Kimberlye and Holly co-wrote "Don't Maybe Me", a cut on Atlantic Records recording artist Mila Mason's CD, The Strong One. Kimberlye’s song, “Show Me”, co-written with David Vaughn won “Best Song” for the 2006 West Coast Songwriters Northern California Open Mic Competition. Her song, “Sycamore Street”, co-written with Johnny Douglas won the same award for the 2007 competition and was just judged "North Bay Area Song Of The Year” by a panel of music industry pros. Kimberlye’s song “I Ain’t Tammy”, co-written with Jack Williams won an Honorable Mention for Billboard Magazine’s World Music Awards in 2007.
Kimberlye has also created work in films and television. “The Sound of Your Voice” (co-written with Ralph Friedrichsen), “Ready To Let You In” (co-written with Brenda Warren) and “Beyond The Night” (co-written with Stan Bush, Kevin Dukes and Joey Sykes) were recently featuredon the ABC Daytime drama All My Children. "One More Reason", (co-written with David Gregoli) was featured in the film A Time To Die (w/ Richard Roundtree, Jeff Conaway and Traci Lords). Her song, "Countdown To Love" (co-written with Paul Sabu), was included in the TV movie, Secrets between Friends on NBC & Lifetime. Kimberlye performed the theme song for the Bikini Open, co-written with Mark & Steve Collins, on pay-per-view TV and international syndication. Most recently, Kimberlye’s song, “Sycamore Street” is featured in the independent film 9:04, which premiered at the West Palm Beach Film Festival and is currently screening in festivals across the country.
Kimberlye's latest release, Sycamore Street, is a blend of funky pop and acoustic ballads. Veteran NY jazz singer Rosemary Conte calls Kimberlye "an angel with an edge". Kimberlye's song "Rope Of Faith" ("I need a miracle and so I pray/You tell me just believe"), is a haunting ballad inspired by an encouraging phone call and subsequent meeting with Irish actor Gabriel Bryne, after he heard her music. She recorded these Celtic versions as a tribute to his support and kindness. "Rope of Faith" was also the song she sang at her dad's memorial service. "It was one of his favorites," she says. Other songs such as "The Hardest Part", ("Now I imagine stone where I once touched your heart") and the hypnotic title track "Sycamore Street" ("Can't be who I was before/can't go back there anymore"), have critics and music fans singing her praises. Peter Cooper, music critic for The Tennessean, writes, "Her voice is the most striking element, I think; full and pretty, yet distinctive. The songwriting is really good, as well." Ben Fong-Torres, author/journalist & former senior editor of Rolling Stone states, "Kimberlye has a way with words and music. Her songs are based as much on heart and soul as they are on rock & roll, folk, country and the blues. Her voice, pretty, strong and rocking, is equally adept at covering all those musical bases and more. I love meeting Kimberlye on Sycamore Street". Steve Massam/BBC Radio, notes "Kimberlye is a breath of fresh air; she sings from the heart with true feeling and passion. She can rock, yet has a quality in her voice that easily compares with Emmylou Harris or Allison Krauss." Ian Copeland, former booking agent for F.B.I. (The Police, Blondie, the Go Gos), author and owner of the Backstage Café in Beverly Hills, raves, "Absolutely brilliant. Her voice, and especially the lyrical content are just fantastic. She has an open invitation to play the Backstage."
Kimberlye performs at many charity and benefit events for local school music programs and seniors. She had a regular spot at Pacifica Nursing and Rehab, where the residents know all the words to her songs as if they were standards. "I was the 'Madonna' of the Rehab," she jokes.
When she's not performing at venues such as Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles, The Bitter End in New York City, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and 12 Bar in London, (where her last performance is still available on their website), Kimberlye is a music critic and writer of the hilarious column, "Almost Famous: My Adventures as a SF Entertainment Journalist" for the San Francisco Herald, which won "Best Neighborhood Newspaper" in SF Weekly's "Best of 2001" issue. She is also a freelance writer for various publications across the country including the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, Time Out New York, Gig Magazine, The Tennessean, The Dallas Observer, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and a regular contributor on www.grapevineculture.com. To read Kimberlye's articles, log onto www.sfherald.com or enter her name in any search engine.
Most recently, Kimberlye was a co-writer, producer, and background vocalist on English country artist Valerie Jay's sophomore CD, "Pacific Time" at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. Kimberlye recently returned to Nashville to pursue her songwriting career.