Kimberly Peterson

Kimberly Peterson

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Soulful pop rock. A mixture of passionate vocals and lyrics that lie between Alanis Morissette, The Dixie Chicks, and Ben Folds and Mozart.

Biography

"Thank you, New York, for building calluses I'll never lose." Kimberly Peterson's cross-country, post-college move from Los Angeles to New York has shaped her demo, "Growing Up". Although Kim had been in many new and uncomfortable cultural situations since birth (Kim's parents had a penchant for traveling to the outskirts of foreign countries without knowing the language or the cultural norms), settling into New York City was a shock. After finding the subway and finding an apartment in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Kim started the much harder battle of finding herself in this new, adult role.

Kim got her musical ear from her grandmother, a concert pianist, who used to sit Kim and her brother Kent on the piano bench whenever they visited her in Neosho, Missouri. After passing pitch tests as babies, (her grandmother would say, "sing like Granny!," and was thrilled when her grandkids sang in the same key), and later singing duets from Camelot to her grandma's accompaniment, Kim knew that her heart was in her voice.

Although Kim adored being musical, her teenage years brought her to an uncanny fear of solo performance. She found numerous ways to weasel out of competitions, but finally agreed to perform in the Kiwanis club finals at her middle school. In preparation for this performance, Kim both had panic attacks and started voice lessons.

Kim went into these lessons wanting only to sing Eponine in Les Miserables or the lead in a Twisted Sister cover band, but graduated as a young opera student. At the University of Southern California, Kim studied opera while simultaneously veering off track to experiment with jazz, choral music, early music, studio singing, cabaret and musical theater. Finally, another voice teacher guided Kim's life when he said, "I think you'll get tired of auditioning for what other people want you to be. You have a great ear; you should start writing your own music." My first reaction was, "Really? I can do that?"

The answer, to my great joy, was "yes." "Growing Up" conquers the thrills and dark days of moving from home, falling in love and, clearly, growing up. I've been extremely lucky to work with Craig Wilson (Tyler Hilton, Taylor Swift, Cyndi Lauper), who's forced me to dig for golden truth in every emotion I feel. Craig produced "Growing Up", and led me to Defy Recordings to work with engineer extraordinaire Robert L. Smith (Michael Jackson, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi). Dan Vonnegut on drums (Patti Rothberg, Mary Fahl, David Berkeley) David Patterson on guitar (Shawn Mullins, Indigo Girls) and Nick Alberti on bass expanded my songs into living, breathing music. Thank you for reading and listening!

Lyrics

Calluses

Written By: Kimberly Peterson

I'm learning to play guitar
My hands are getting tough
But these calluses fade when I don't play enough

I moved to New York last year
I'm getting kind of tough
But tough starts to fade away when I go home to love

Thank you New York
For toughening up what was soft
And thank you New York
For teaching me how to get lost
Now I know I always can
Find my way when I choose
Thank you New York for building calluses I'll never lose

When I walk into my house
In sunny LA
I'm already a rock star
Without having a note to play

New York's a bit different
Got to pack that love along
That love is the foundation
For learning how to write my song

Thank you New York
For toughening up what was soft
And thank you New York
For teaching me how to get lost
Now I know I always can
Find my way when I choose
Thank you New York for building calluses I'll never lose

Repeat chorus

I'm learning to play guitar
My hands are getting tough
But these calluses fade when I don't play enough

Fine

Written By: Kimberly Peterson

Your gorgeous body’s deep in sleep

I pounce and kiss a million times

I can’t contain my smile

You groan and open your green eyes

And I know…

Everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine

Everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine

Everything’s gonna be fine, fine, fine

Everything’s gonna be fine

I push through Times Square

Cursing tourists and the crowds

You smirk and call me out

I melt and laugh out loud

And I know…

Chorus

I see the best of me, when I look through your eyes

When the world gets me down, I dream of being your wife

and I know…

Chorus (Break down)

Repeat chorus

Passion

Written By: Kimberly Peterson

A cool, quiet guy

Thought I had you pegged

Then you kissed me hard

And blew my world to shreds

You light my spark

You’re my big bang

You tear me apart

Then make me whole again

You’ve got passion in your eyes

That matches your soul

I’ve got fire in my blood

That weaves out of control

We’re a lethal mix

When our moods collide

But a glimpse of your smile,

Shoots stars through my sky

When you read my mind,

I get chills down my back

When you tackle me to bed

I lose all track

We fight like tigers

I still have scars

But we love like it’s the end

No holds barred

Chorus

You’ve showed me life with new eyes

How to love with no disguise

You’re my vice, my fire and ice

But you’re it for me, and we are we

Chorus

Growing Up

Written By: Kimberly Peterson

Used to smile till it hurt

Used to toast with champagne held high

Was proud of myself

And we celebrated all night

Didn’t matter for what

Good grades, a show, or trip

Constant accomplishments

Until life took a dip


I moved away

And started growing up

Realized today

That I don’t raise a cup

I beat myself up

For keeping a day job that sucks

Wish I were in college

When learning in class was enough


Now I beat myself up

For my hair, my clothes and my face

For drinking too much

Scared I’m taking the easy ways

I moved away

And started growing up

Realized today

That I don’t raise a cup anymore

I can’t remember

The last time that I was proud

This growing up will kill you

If you don’t watch it now


I’d like to say

I’ll watch it from now on

But the truth is

I don’t see this hurt getting gone


Can’t picture the next

Time I’m toasting with head held high

With a full belief

That I believe in my life

Chorus

Wrong

Written By: Kimberly Peterson

Something’s gone wrong

Ignored for too long, kids can’t

See a doctor when they’re sick

Parents choose health or rent

It’s time to

Stand up, Speak out

You’re worth more than this

Stand up, Speak out

You deserve better than this

Greed and Fear are writing our laws and our lives, so

Stand up, Speak out

You’re worth more than this

Open your eyes

We’re being screwed by lies, The guys on top

Love to keep us scared

When we revolt, they’ll start to care

It’s time to

Chorus

We’re not the first, we won’t be the last, just breathe, take a leap of faith

Chorus