Kimia Penton is a singer, songwriter, violinist, and psychologist based in Dallas, Texas. Her music is a fusion of Americana, Pop, Jazz, and world music and her poignant lyrics and heartfelt vocals share the life experiences of this well-traveled, international artist. Her latest album “Where the Rain Falls” followed her successful release “Lessons from Life and Love”.
Founder of independent label and production company KimiaQProductions, Kimia writes and produces for artists she believes in, hosts events to facilitate community for creatives, and leads an annual benefit concert to drive awareness for local charities.
“The acoustic swoon on “Where The Rain Falls” is sublime as the restrained intensity of Kimia’s songwriting rushes in together with her violin, validating her lyrical wisdom and musical sensibilities.” – Jamsphere Magazine
“Her vocals are mystifying and only made more otherwordly by her talented strings.” – Nicole Ortiz, ORSVP magazine
“‘Lessons From Life and Love’ is a stripped-down, heartfelt record with an abundance of soul.” & “There’s really no other way to put it: ‘Lessons From Life and Love’ is a brilliant record, and it’s the rare sort that just might change your life.” – Evan Morgan Jodloman, The NewsHub
Kimia was born in the Middle East, raised in London, and now calls Dallas, Texas her home. Her classical training as a violinist started at age 7 and she enjoyed studying both Eastern and Western classics. Her influences include the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Alison Krauss, Bonnie Raitt, Sade, and Norah Jones. Kimia’s songs express her love for different cultures and genres of music as well as her passion for observing and studying human behavior.
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Getmybuzzup: Tell us a little about yourself? (Such as where you’re from, etc)
Kimia Penton: I’m a singer, songwriter, violinist, and producer. I grew up in London and I’m now based in Dallas, Texas. I love writing music with a message and combining genres including jazz, pop, bluegrass, and classical music.
Getmybuzzup: How long have you been in the music industry?
Kimia Penton: I’ve been writing and producing music for fifteen years now.
Getmybuzzup: How would you describe your latest single “Chameleon” remix?
Kimia Penton: Chameleon is a song about self-love and authenticity. It’s a very personal song for me and I’m passionate about encouraging others to pursue their goals and make their own life choices. The remix takes my acoustic version of the song and adds a whole new energy with hip hop production! I love it.
Getmybuzzup: What was it like working with Prynce P and Cloak Beats on the single?
Kimia Penton: I had a blast working with P and Cloak beats! The energy and passion they both brought to the project was amazing. Some deep friendships have been formed and we’re all excited about sharing this message!
Getmybuzzup: How do you go about writing a song and what is your process?
Kimia Penton: I get my song ideas when something inspires me personally. I write the lyrics and melody at the same time in that moment of inspiration. I then take time to work on the songwriting craft and re-write and tweak the composition until I’m pleased with it. It’s a labor of love!
Getmybuzzup: When did you start playing the violin?
Kimia Penton: I started playing the violin in first grade and I actually still play the same acoustic violin that my dad bought for me when I was ten years old. I was very fortunate to be at a school with a fantastic music program. I don’t know what I would have done without music as an outlet.
Getmybuzzup: What is the best piece of advice in this business you actually followed?
Kimia Penton: Trust your gut when it comes to your music and never let anyone else define your sound or your brand.
Getmybuzzup: Name an artist that you would love to work with?
Kimia Penton: I would absolutely love to work with Ryan Tedder, Alison Krauss, or Alicia Keys.
Getmybuzzup: Do you think your music is mostly enjoyed more for the beats or for the lyrical flow and content?
Kimia Penton: Probably the lyrical content and gentle and soothing musical vibe.
Getmybuzzup: What was the last album you listened to?
Kimia Penton: I actually just went back and listened to Corinne Bailey Rae’s self-titled album. I love her voice and melodies!
Getmybuzzup: What is your main goal as far as music?
Kimia Penton: Contributing music with a message that inspires and encourages listeners. Life is hectic and music is a powerful tool for healing and inspiration.
Getmybuzzup: When you’re not in the studio, What do you like to do for fun and relaxation?
Kimia Penton: I love road trips, travel, cooking, studying psychology, movies, and spending time with family and friends. You can regularly find me cooking for the people I love or curling up with my pets on the couch to watch a good movie.
Getmybuzzup: What can we expect from you in the future?
Kimia Penton: I’ll be recording a live album to showcase my original music and song catalog. I’m also filming the music video for “Chameleon” and I’ll continue to write music for other artists.
Getmybuzzup: Where can the fans check out for your music?
Kimia Penton: You can find my music on all digital outlets, on my website www.kimiapmusic.com or Instagram @kimiapmusic
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