Along with Cleopatra, Madonna and Godzilla, emerging rock goddess Kimbra is trying to survive in this cruel world mononymously. (For those without a dictionary, that means she's trying to get by with a single name.) "Wow," "ka-ching" or maybe "rock star" also are applicable candidates when it comes to describing this New Zealand-by-way-of-Australia singer who will perform in Ventura on Sunday and Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday.
Kimbra's debut album, "Vows," went multiplatinum Down Under. The American version came out in March and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts. She can be heard on Gotye's catchy multiplatinum smash "Somebody That I Used to Know" and also on Miami Horror's "I Look to You." She recently finished up a tour with Foster the People.
Kimbra Lee Johnson started writing songs when she was 10. Fast forward to 2011 when she won an international songwriting contest with "Settle Down." Now a veteran globe-trotting performer at the ripe old age of 22, she seems to be making all the right night moves. Kimbra is perhaps the most famous person from Hamilton, New Zealand. Lurkers, assorted geeks a gawkin' and editors who select magazine cover art are all drooling equally over Kimbra, who appears rock-star ready in a Katy Perry sort of way.