Kari Meredyth Kimmel (born April 16, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. She is best known for the theme track It's Not Just Make Believe for Ella Enchanted, the theme track Black for The Walking Dead trailer, her Cruel Summer cover for Cobra Kai, and the theme track Where You Belong for The Fosters. Her music ranges across the genres of pop, rock and folk.   Early life and education   Kimmel was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. Shortly after graduating high school, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.   She has cited Carole King as her biggest musical inspiration. She has also stated that she draws inspiration from Bonnie Raitt, Elton John and Sheryl Crow.   Career   Kimmel's career began when she was cast to sing the theme song It's Not Just Make Believe for the 2004 Disney live-action film Ella Enchanted. She also appeared in the music video, which featured on Radio Disney. Kimmel then connected with Randy Spendlove, the president of motion picture music at Miramax at the time, with whom she went on to collaborate on over 20 film projects.   Kimmel has written, arranged, produced, and performed music which has been licensed in over 650 studio films, network television series, trailers, video games, and commercials. Notable productions include the films Blockers, World War Z, Southpaw, and The Duff, the television shows America's Funniest Home Videos, The Office, New Girl, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game and Grimm, in addition to the Walking Dead trailer. Her music has also been used in advertisements for Google and Nissan, and the popular video game The Sims. Her track Let's Light It Up was used by WWE wrestler AJ Lee as her entrance theme.   Kimmel has composed 18 theme songs for multiple television series, including Where You Belong for family drama series The Fosters, and has performed tracks in the films Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Dreamgirls, Danny Collins, Descendants, Descendants 2, Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach Movie 2, and Footloose. Her music video for the track Low was used to promote the television series Private Practice and her music video for the track Trouble aired on Oxygen and KNBC. She has also performed live on The Adam Corolla Show, The Danny Bonaduce Show, The Conway & Whitman Show, KNBC, and Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket and at multiple venues in Los Angeles, including Los Angeles Dodgers games, Los Angeles Lakers games, and the AIDS Walk benefit, hosted by Prince Edward and the Greek Theatre in 2010, where she closed the show.   Kimmel has also written songs which have been recorded by notable artists including The Backstreet Boys, Kesha, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato and Gloria Gaynor. She has also sung background vocals for Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, and Pharrell.   Kimmel has released five solo albums, titled A Life in the Day, Out of Focus, From the Vault, Go, and Black. Her sixth solo album Gold & Glitter was released on May 25, 2018. The title track was featured in the 2018 comedy film Blockers.   In 2015, Kimmel launched her own licensing company Glow Music Group, and now represents over 200 bands in addition to her own music. In 2017, she led a writer's retreat for VocalizeU and ASCAP in Ojai, CA.
  Kari Meredyth Kimmel (born April 16, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, composer, and producer. She is best known for the theme track It's Not Just Make Believe for Ella Enchanted, the theme track Black for The Walking Dead trailer, her Cruel Summer cover for Cobra Kai, and the theme track Where You Belong for The Fosters. Her music ranges across the genres of pop, rock and folk.   Early life and education   Kimmel was born and raised in Boca Raton, Florida. Shortly after graduating high school, she relocated to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music.   She has cited Carole King as her biggest musical inspiration. She has also stated that she draws inspiration from Bonnie Raitt, Elton John and Sheryl Crow.   Career   Kimmel's career began when she was cast to sing the theme song It's Not Just Make Believe for the 2004 Disney live-action film Ella Enchanted. She also appeared in the music video, which featured on Radio Disney. Kimmel then connected with Randy Spendlove, the president of motion picture music at Miramax at the time, with whom she went on to collaborate on over 20 film projects.   Kimmel has written, arranged, produced, and performed music which has been licensed in over 650 studio films, network television series, trailers, video games, and commercials. Notable productions include the films Blockers, World War Z, Southpaw, and The Duff, the television shows America's Funniest Home Videos, The Office, New Girl, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game and Grimm, in addition to the Walking Dead trailer. Her music has also been used in advertisements for Google and Nissan, and the popular video game The Sims. Her track Let's Light It Up was used by WWE wrestler AJ Lee as her entrance theme.   Kimmel has composed 18 theme songs for multiple television series, including Where You Belong for family drama series The Fosters, and has performed tracks in the films Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2, Dreamgirls, Danny Collins, Descendants, Descendants 2, Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach Movie 2, and Footloose. Her music video for the track Low was used to promote the television series Private Practice and her music video for the track Trouble aired on Oxygen and KNBC. She has also performed live on The Adam Corolla Show, The Danny Bonaduce Show, The Conway & Whitman Show, KNBC, and Fox Sports West and Prime Ticket and at multiple venues in Los Angeles, including Los Angeles Dodgers games, Los Angeles Lakers games, and the AIDS Walk benefit, hosted by Prince Edward and the Greek Theatre in 2010, where she closed the show.   Kimmel has also written songs which have been recorded by notable artists including The Backstreet Boys, Kesha, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato and Gloria Gaynor. She has also sung background vocals for Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, and Pharrell.   Kimmel has released five solo albums, titled A Life in the Day, Out of Focus, From the Vault, Go, and Black. Her sixth solo album Gold & Glitter was released on May 25, 2018. The title track was featured in the 2018 comedy film Blockers.   In 2015, Kimmel launched her own licensing company Glow Music Group, and now represents over 200 bands in addition to her own music. In 2017, she led a writer's retreat for VocalizeU and ASCAP in Ojai, CA.
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