Kim Acuna

Kim Acuna

 Valencia, California, USA
BandPopAdult Contemporary

“pop-rock, bluesy, jazzy kind of music sounds like Dave Mathews, k.d. lang, and Tracy Chapman”

“Kim’s writing is incisive and thought provoking, her guitar playing grooving and rhythmic”

“Top-notch musicianship “

“Organic live performance”

“CD Shadows scores a high 9 out of 10”

“There is talent here. Lots of it. “

“Her voice is beautiful”

“The music is edgy “

“Energetic and powerful.”

“Beautifully written and delicately delivered songs.”

“Delivers an energetic sh

Biography

Kim Acuna’s music is rich. . . a complex blend of original alternative pop-rock, blues, and jazz with an occasional splash of Latin.
Her deep, rich vocals and insightful lyrics combine with an articulate, rhythmic guitar style to produce a unique, full bodied sound - a seductive musical experience that resonates with audiences long after the performance.

Kim’s charismatic talent captures audiences everywhere she plays, with a voice said to be reminiscent of k.d. lang and a unique guitar style that brings other guitarists to the front row for a closer look.

Whether performing solo with an acoustic guitar, or backed by a band, her music is injected with an energy and spirit that transcends categorization. Kim can easily be considered a “crossover” performer, appealing to the Adult Contemporary, Triple A, Rock, Pop, and Blues listeners, ranging in age from late teens to “late in life.”

How does she get that sound? One of the most unique aspects about Kim’s music is her ability to create the depth and range of a piano on her guitar using modified capos and creative tunings. For her audience, this translates into uncommon harmonies, visually engaging performances, and a rich sense of the transaction between performer and listener.

Today, Kim’s performances are about communicating emotion, bringing an idea to life, and sharing it. Audiences can always count on something fresh and powerful.

“I want to bring the listener into that special place where it’s just me and my guitar alone in a room, having a new song pour through me. This is the most vulnerable, most wonderful place; it is an elusive place that can’t be made to happen - it is allowed. My work is not to perform or act, it is to “be” – that is when there are no bounds, no time, no critics; just flowing creativity, free evolving, ever changing, and not about me. This is the gift of music.”

Kim has a faithful following throughout Alaska, the Mid West and West Coast. She has had equal billing shows with Karen Pernick and HBO comedian Georgia Ragsdale, opened for John Gorka, Janis Ian, David Wilcox, Willy Porter, Fruit, written and performed jingles for local media, performed and interviewed on live radio shows, and performed professionally since 1993.

Kim teaches workshops on songwriting, self-promotion, and guitar techniques - featuring the making and using modified capos, and the use of open tunings. Her workshop, The Art of Performance, has been taught in colleges, schools, corporate settings and to musicians and writers groups. This workshop is for Singers, Songwriters, Instrumentalists, Poets, D.J’s, Public Speakers, etc. Anyone whose art/skill will benefit from increased confidence, communication, awareness, honesty, sincerity, and an enhanced relationship with their audience and with their art. Kim produces and records independent artists on their recording projects in her home studio and local studios as well.

“Shadows”, Kim Acuna’s debut CD, was so eagerly anticipated by local DJs that at least one Adult Contemporary station in Anchorage started playing her demo CD … and now airs cuts from Shadows regularly. Local fans were so anxious for the release that 100 signed and numbered, pre-release CDs sold within a week. CD number one of the limited edition run was auctioned off at a fundraiser … for $1,000.00! Now that’s excitement.

Discography

Kim Acuna - Shadows c2004