From the sunny suburbs of Los Angeles, CA, American Country-Rock artist, Kim Martin is turning heads and gaining fans globally, with a fresh blend of California-Country fused with Southern-Rock flavor, and just the right amount of sass!
Kim grew up in the foothills of Hacienda Heights, CA and currently resides in the Inland Empire. Already well established as “one of the hardest working musicians in “So-Cal”. A country girl at heart with rock & roll in her soul.
In a sea of emerging country artists, Kim stands out not only as a fluent bassist/lead vocalist, and songwriter, but also an extensive and versatile range of influences; ranging from Linda Ronstadt, Gretchen Wilson, Eagles, Doobie Brothers to Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. Kim is currently in the launch phase of her self-released 2017 EP “Old Southern Soul” on her indie label Bellavicious Records.
The EP consists of five songs she wrote featuring:
Kim Martin on Vocals/Bass Guitar
Hank Linderman : Producer/Engineer/Guitarist/Multi-instrumentalist: (Eagles, Chicago, America, Timothy B. Schmit)
John McFee: Pedal steel & Telecaster by(Doobie Brothers) on “Country Girl.” Brian Arrowood : Fiddle by (Travis Tritt).
Drew Hester : Drums by(Joe Walsh, Chicago, Stevie Nicks).
Ronnie Ciago : Drums by(Rickie Lee Jones, Mick Taylor, Bill Ward, Patrick Moraz ) on “Old Southern Soul”.
Sammy Avila : Hammond B3 Organ(Walter Trout) on the heartfelt, emotional ballad “I Stayed”.
The story telling in her songs is a direct reflection of her free spirit.
Kim was introduced to producer/engineer, Hank Linderman in January 2015 at The NAMM Convention in Anaheim, CA through her good friend James Grover.
By April 2015 the recordings were underway at Parsons Green in Los Angeles.
Being a bass player first, Kim had to have a guitarist to collaborate with. Hank was that guitarist.
He is a master at his craft; knows exactly what the songs need, and brought out the best in Kim.
She knew she wanted a fresh country sound with southern rock flavor; and with Hank’s “genius” and multi-instruments, they achieved that. Blending acoustic, electric, lap steel, pedal steel, and resonator guitars; banjo, fiddle, electric bass, drums, percussion, and Kim’s powerful, signature vocals and harmonies.
Self-taught on acoustic guitar, she wrote all her songs while strumming her six-string; except for the ballad, “I Stayed” which she used a keyboard.
Kim comes from a musical family, where singing came naturally. She started singing in elementary school and started playing bass at age 14. (Found it in pile of junk while cleaning out the garage, was her older brothers) Music is in her heart and soul, it’s what moves her inside out.
She is also a graduate of Berklee College of Music-Boston MA, (Bass Guitar) and Grove Music School- Van Nuys, CA (recording/engineering)
Kim is a full-time musician and has performed over 200 shows a year over the past 13 years while managing her cover band, The Kim Martin Band, She is also a crowd favorite at The Costa Mesa Speedway for singing The National Anthem.
She is now the first Country artist to be sponsored by Chromacast Gear.
In July 2017, she enjoyed a week residency at The MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas as a Lead Vocalist in The Kevin Eubanks Band (Leader of The Tonight Show Band) for the Microsoft Convention 2017.
In November 2017, Kim and her band were excited to be chosen to perform on the TV Show Musicology, broadcast on PBS…date tba
Kim’s passion for music covers many genres, but has always been drawn to the story telling in country music and her song writing naturally flowed in that direction, along with a blend of her first love, Southern rock.
She is now ready and excited to share her music with the world!