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Toronto singer/songwriter Kim Jarrett has been quietly collecting fans with her smart and pervasive live presence, and mature, straightforward songs, since the release of her self-titled debut CD in September 2002.
With influences ranging from 1980's Top 40, to 70's rock and beyond, Kim's music is a pleasing blend of pop, roots, country and folk. Often described as folk/blues - her clear, strong voice, combined with her personal lyrics, has universal appeal. Her songs, and the single, "Do I Have the Patience", have been featured on regular adult contemporary, CBC, and college radio stations from St. John's to Vancouver, and “How Long”, the opening track from her self-titled debut, can be found pre-loaded on Philips Electronics mp3 players sold worldwide.
Since 2006, Kim has also been lending her voice as an occasional live and session backing vocalist, as well as co-hosting weekly open mics and other songwriter events in Toronto with her longtime bassist and backing vocalist, Mike Costantino. Together, the duo perform over 100 shows a year at bars, restaurants, private parties, corporate events, and festivals, sharing stages with both new and established artists, including a festival support slot for Canadian 80's pop group, The Spoons, in 2007.
These acoustic shows, and regular drop-ins to other local songwriter nights, provided the inspiration for the recording of Kim's sophomore CD, “Thinking of You”. Recorded and produced by Mike Costantino at the home studio affectionately dubbed, “Mike's Kitchen”, Kim's down-to-earth songs and vocals are once again the focus, but feature a more stripped-down style than her Ken Tobias-produced debut. Aside from the duo's acoustic guitar, bass and vocals, there's only a little drum programming, and some expert electric guitar provided by two musician/producer friends. New-to-Toronto Eric St-Laurent (Carlos Del Junco, Richard Underhill) lends his talent on two tracks, while Toronto native Tim Bovaconti (Ron Sexsmith, The Supers) provides the rest, including some lap-steel.
Recorded over the summer and fall, and independently released in December 2007, Kim Jarrett's, “Thinking of You”, has already started to garner early attention with some press reviews and radio play on CBC Toronto's, Fresh Air, among others:
"Kim Jarrett writes excellent songs that showcase her outstanding voice."
Canadian Cam, ickmusic.com
"The straight-ahead folk/blues, pop and country influenced tunes nicely feature her clear, soulful voice, and some tasty guitar work by Tim Bovaconti (Ron Sexsmith)."
Chris Twomey, Tandem / Corriere
In 2008, the duo plans to start organizing tours of eastern Canada and the north-eastern US, film and edit Kim's first video, and begin the recording of her third, as-yet-untitled, release.
Hear some music at www.myspace.com/kimjarrett
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