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“Kimie Miner, a Hawaii native and self-taught songwriter and guitarist, is best known for her ability to weave acoustic soul, reggae, Hawaiian with a touch of R&B and funk, into cool sultry melodies comparable to legends Lauryn Hill and India Arie.
Kimie continues to write soulful melodies that make me want to lay out in the sun, contemplate life and dump my boyfriend. The more I listen to her songs, the more I feel I know her…with glimpses of lyrical emotion and rhythmic oohs. The tunes I'm most drawn to have an obvious angst and longing, like ‘Is This Love.’ Her honesty continues to come through in her soulful voice and her island-inspired sound. Kimie is addicting.” – MauiThing Blog
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2016 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards (Hawai’i’s most prestigious music awards)
- Contemporary Album of the Year- Kimié Miner
Singer-songwriter Kimié (pronounced Kim-mi-Yay) Miner creates an inimitable musical style that dresses the listener in a flowing mu’umu’u on a cool beach easily mistaken for paradise. Growing up on an island, surrounded by the ocean, is a formative experience that can be heard throughout her work; it gives her songs a loose, down-to-earth feel, and imbues her lyrics with natural imagery that transcends ethnicity, gender, and age. Her parents, of Hawaiian and Portuguese decent, noticed her affinity for music at a very young age. At the age of 14 she taught herself to play guitar and began writing her own original songs, finding inspiration in wide range of music from Hawaiian, jazz and R&B-influenced individualists like Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, India.Arie, Lauryn Hill, and Eva Cassidy.
Kimié champions the idea that one should remain true to who they are and to approach their experiences with the pride of their heritage. Her songs regularly evoke the Hawaiian concept of the Piko: the “naval” or “center” which represents a home base to which one can always return. She notes that “As Hawaiians, we have our roots and our routes. We know who we are, and we take that knowledge with us when we navigate and explore the rest of the world.”
While an undergraduate at University of San Diego, Miner embarked on her first west coast American tour at age 19 with reggae star Barrington Levy. Following the tour Miner resided in Clarendon, Jamaica for a few months to write and work with Levy in the studio.
Kimié released her first EP, To The Sea in 2013 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. The seven track album included radio singles, "Is This Love", "Shame on You", "Rooted", and "Make Me Say" featuring Hawaiian musician and former schoolmate Imua Garza which had much radio success and reached #1 on KCCN-FM’s Top 40 Songs of 2013. The album's overall message could be interpreted more generally as braving the uncharted waters of personal growth. The album's title track ends with the Hawaiian language refrain “I ka malu, I ka mālia, I ka malino. I kai ala” (To the quiet, to the calm, to the shelter. To the sea).
In 2015, Kimié wrote and co-produced her full-length album, Kimié Miner. With the help of Indianapolis producer Billy Van, Miner ventured into a new accessible pop sound without completely abandoning her soulful island reggae vibe. The album also includes collaborations with Caleb Keolanui from The Green and L.A. reggae band Detour Posse. The album’s first single, “New Day,” depicts redemption found through nature and music. In conversation, Kimié compared this process to the cycles of plants, replenishing the soil after a harvest so that the next crop can successfully take root. Similarly, the Hawaiian-language interlude “Kumulau” translates as “My path has run aground, returning home to my roots. My roots spreading anew become a beautiful new start. The root, the bud, the leaf. The source, the uprising, the many.”
Kimié released three music videos off her self-titled album, "New Day" in 2015, “Bottom of a Rainbow” and “Trouble” in 2016.
She is currently touring Hawai’i and North America in support of Kimié Miner and will continue throughout 2016. She was recently featured on Brian Mcknight’s 2016 album, “Better” on track 08 entitled, "Goodbye".
Her full length album Kimié Miner, won “Contemporary Album of the Year” at the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards in May, 2016. Her previous tours took place in 2015, with Anuhea and Mike Love and 2013, where she performed as the opening act for The Green throughout the United States.
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