Before her feet could reach the pedals, Kimberly Raadt was playing the piano. Her father taught her to read music when she was five years old, and she also learned to play and sing by ear, picking out tunes from the radio much like her mother had always done. Over the years Kim spent countless hours at the piano, practicing and composing. At seventeen, she became a lead singer and piano player of her first band.
Since 1979 Kim has performed in bands ranging in size from duos to 16-piece swing bands, and in genres including rock, folk, country, jazz, blues, r&b, funk, fusion, hip hop, Calypso, and Carolina beach music. She has performed on the same bill with notables including Billy Joe Royal, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Cheap Trick, and her band mates have included former members of Gladys Knight's band, Parliament Funkadelic, and The Drifters.
In 1996 Kim took a break from live performance, but she continued writing and adding to her catalog of original music. In January 2000 she released the self-produced CD, "dreams & memories", a collection of short songs she wrote between 1979 and 1994, reflecting her folk rock and jazz roots. In March 2002 Kim returned to the stage, playing her own music, as a solo act. In June 2012 Kim released "Wintersong," a Celtic inspired song for winter solstice, featuring female vocals, piano and flute. “Wash Away”, a catchy tune with a Latin feel, was released July 2013. Kim is currently working on recording all unreleased songs in her catalog, so stay tuned for more!
Kim studied voice at the University of Alabama, and music theory and jazz at Auburn University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree with concentration in jazz studies in 1989. Kim also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn University at Montgomery in 1996. Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, Kim has also resided in Tuscaloosa, Auburn, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Happily married since 1999, Kim and her husband currently live in the metro Atlanta area.