Hawaiian Sensation Kimié Miner To Release New Album
Singer-songwriter Kimié (pronounced Kim-mi-Yay) Miner manages to create an inimitable musical style that dresses the listener in a flowing mu’umu’u on a cool beach, easily mistaken for paradise.
Growing up on an island surrounded by the ocean was a formative experience for Kimié, and an experience that can be distinctly heard through her work. Her melodies embody a loose, down-to-earth feel, and her lyrics create a universal imagery that transcends ethnicity, gender, age, and musical genre.
Her recent single “Bamboo” draws inspiration from her experience with love and creating healthy relationships. After participating in the first Creative Lab Hawai’i Immersive Music Program she had the opportunity to work in Los Angeles with music supervisors and songwriters. During a co-write with Jesse Epstein and Isaac Moreno she shared her hook idea of ‘bam bam boo’ and a song was born.
Slated for a career-defining 2017, Kimié’s upcoming album will certainly mark a new chapter in her life and career. “I’m older now. I’m more comfortable in my skin as a woman. The theme of this album is the strength of women, beauty found in femininity. Also there’s the theme of air. A birds eye view perspective. Growth. becoming more independent.”
Kimié’s parents, who are of Hawaiian and Portuguese decent, noticed her affinity for music at a very young age, and at 14-years-old she taught herself to play guitar and began writing her own original songs. She found inspiration in a wide range of music from Hawaiian, Jazz and R&B-influenced individuals such as Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, India.Arie, Lauryn Hill, and Eva Cassidy. While an undergraduate at University of San Diego, Kimié embarked on her first west coast American tour at age 19 with reggae star Barrington Levy. Following the tour Miner resided in Clarendon, Jamaica for a few months to write and work with Levy in the studio.
Kimié released her first EP, To The Sea in 2013 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The seven track album included radio singles, “Is This Love”, “Shame on You”, “Rooted”, and “Make Me Say” featuring Hawaiian musician and former schoolmate Imua Garza which had much radio success and reached #1 on KCCN-FM’s Top 40 Songs of 2013. In 2015, Kimié wrote and co-produced her full-length album, Kimié Miner. The album also includes collaborations with Caleb Keolanui from The Green and L.A. reggae band Detour Posse, and went on to win “Contemporary Album of the Year” at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in 2016. Continuing to make a splash, she was featured on Brian Mcknight’s 2016 album, “Better” on track 08 entitled, “Goodbye”. Outside of just her own music, Kimié contines to be a hardworking businesswoman with her own company titled Haku Collective. . Haku is a full-service music, audio, and talent production group providing access to the creative output from Hawai‘i’s emerging and leading artists and helping them to segue into other mainstream genres. Kimié’s goal is simple and pure – to live her life passionately and inspire others in the process. “We have to know who we are and where we come from before we can fly. I’m ready to fly now.”