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Kimberly Townsend is an American singer/songwriter based in NYC. Her lyric-driven, emotive songs captivate, challenge, inspire, and console. Townsend's sound is a blend of folk, indie pop, and soul, often compared to Brandi Carlile, Trevor Hall, and Sara Bareilles. Through a uniquely powerful songwriting lens and strong, expansive vocals, she offers an earthy, visceral, intimate spin on telling a story through song.
Townsend's songs explore vulnerability, pain, and how this life feels. She writes to heal and ground herself, and she shares them to make you feel things. Her most recent work explores the weight of getting lost and feeling stuck, and the empowering release that comes from finding one's way again.
Townsend's debut album, The History and the Heart of It, will release first as singles, each with their own music video, exclusively on Spotify and YouTube. It will re-release in its full album form on January 18, 2019 on all platforms.
“Just heard and saw the future of folk music . . . must be heard and appreciated in absolute silence . . . Her songwriting is stunning.” - The Revue
“Townsend captures your attention with her earthy sound and penetrating lyrics. Townsend has a perfect vehicle in her voice, it’s pure and heartfelt, which additionally lends to the impact of her sound.” - Staccatofy
“US frontwoman follows in the footsteps of Maggie Rogers with this soaring yet wistful acoustic-led swoon.” - Mystic Sons
“Pure magic. I am loving her distinctive vocals and how they stand out and soar over the soothing melodies . . . Kimberly is an amazing storyteller and this is an enchanting piece of acoustic/folk music.” - Caesar LiveNLoud
“Townsend might be compared to Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson, but she has a sweeping emotive voice all her own.” - Indie Pot Pie
“Monster licensing potential.” - Modern Music Maker
“There’s something extremely emotive about this song, and her soulful vocals work wonderfully well in telling a story.” - York Calling
“[Translated from German] The song ‘Steps’ by Kimberly Townsend hits every mark…the sweet melody…the changing tempos that keep the listener engaged…but above all is Kimberly and her crystal-clear voice.” - We Love That Sound
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