Besides performing to electrifying sold out shows wherever she goes, Kimberlyé McKinney is a woman of strength, power and unlimited energy whose music is defined as edgy, classy and fun. The female saxophonist, songwriter, and producer; has a fresh sound, fresh face, and steps over ordinary into extraordinary.
Her latest 2023 sizzling Hot single, “ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT “ is currently heating up the Smooth Jazz Charts achieving major success in radio. Kimberlyé bursted on the Jazz scene in 2021 with her groundbreaking debut album titled, "HAVE MY CAKE", a story of trials, victorious triumph, and power, while still demonstrating love and fearlessness. It will have you feeling all of those emotions on this album. Kimberlyé burst onto the jazz scene and took radio by storm with her 2 heavy hitting singles, "FARSIGHTED” and “GET WIT IT”, both receiving Billboard attention and both songs moving up Smooth and Contemporary jazz charts to top positions. In addition to her music playing on radio rotation all over the world. She is next to watch for and keep on your radar! Kimberlyé album is a "must have".
The native Georgian was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Her musical influence began at an early age by her father who noticed her artistic musical expressions at the tender age of two years old. She was also introduced to playing several instruments. At age eleven, Kimberlyé switched her interest to alto and tenor saxophone and embarked on a path to become a novice songwriter. She began to fall more in love with music, sitting in front of her record player and transcribing songs like El Debarge’s, “I like It” and Patty LaBelle’s, “If Only You Knew”. Kimberlyé grew up influenced by musical greats like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Ronnie Laws, Sonny Rollins, Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Al Green, Chick Corea, Cannonball Adderley, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Gospel, County, Classical, and others. Gravitating to all genres of music, she’s also influenced by Kirk Whalum, Casey Benjamin, Kamasi Washington, Boney James, Tia Fuller, and personally being a mentee under Saxophonist Mike Phillips. Kimberlyé combines a plethora of influences that is embraced and felt in her music. Recently she’s been featured in TV and film Production with urban honors TV one Network, she’s hit the top 100 artist of smooth jazz networks, her songs “FARSIGHTED” and “GET WIT IT” was also featured on the Billboard reporting charts; most increased plays heavy spins in rotation.
She attended and graduated from Shaw University located in Raleigh, North Carolina on a music scholarship and degree in English Studies and Philosophy and began working on her solo career at age twenty-one. Kimberlyé became recognized as a female jazz soloist with her first “Untitled” single produced by bass player Bernard Harris, which caught the attention of radio station WSHA 88.9FM, receiving great responses from local as well as national listeners and was invited to the radio station to appear as a guest artist. Kim’s relationship with Chella, a radio personality from WSHA 88.9FM, grew when she was invited backstage where she met and played with saxophonist Donald Harrison.
In her pursuit to musical greatness, Kimberlyé has shared the stage with many greats and many nationally known artist. Kimberlyé has decided to take her career further not only as an artist but incorporating professionalism as a businesswoman where she also attended Full Sail University’s Entertainment Business Master’s Program.
Kimberlyé is the Owner and CEO of KJJM Media, LLC and Kimistry Music. Currently you can experience Kimberlyé performing in cities across the United States and expanding across the world.
"Kimberlye's electrifying performance will have you wanting more."
We had a major "girl power" moment during last year's Charleston Jazz Festival!
--Charleston Jazz Festival 2017