ABOUT KARI KIMMEL
Originally from South Florida, Independent Artist, Songwriter, Producer Kari Kimmel has had incredible success licensing her music in over 1,000 films, television shows, trailers, video games and commercials. From her very first placement in film & television singing the title track “It’s Not Just Make Believe” for the movie Ella Enchanted, to writing and singing songs featured in films such as Blockers, World War Z, Southpaw and The Duff, Kari’s career has seen many high notes. Kari’s songs have also been featured in shows including Big Sky, New Girl, Charmed, America’s Funniest Home Videos, and Lucifer. Trailers such as Cobra Kai, Fortitude, Dirty John and The Walking Dead.
Kari has also had music in numerous advertisements including Google, Nissan and Jello as well as video games such as The Sims. She has penned an astounding 25 theme songs, most notably “Where You Belong” for The Fosters, which she also sang and co-produced. Other recent theme songs include shows She-Ra, Spirit Riding Free and Rhyme Time Town. Kari has also lent her vocals to movies such as Pitch Perfect 1 & 2, Dreamgirls, Danny Collins, Descendants 1, 2 & 3, Teen Beach Movie 1 & 2, and Footloose.
It would be safe to say that at any given time you can turn on the television and hear one of Kari’s songs. “I’ve been told I am the ‘most famous non-famous person,’ I have songs in so many shows and films, but no one ever knows it’s me,” Kari notes, “I deeply appreciate my fans because they have had to do their research to find me. My career has evolved in a bit of a non-traditional way, and people need to do some work to seek me out”.
Outside of the sync world, Kari’s songs have been recorded by major artists such as The Backstreet Boys, Kesha, Joe Jonas, Demi Lovato, and Gloria Gaynor, and she has sung background vocals for Ringo Starr, Bruce Springsteen, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Willie Nelson and Pharrell among others.
In 2014, Kari expanded her love of music and founded Glow Music Group. Upon achieving such success licensing her own music, Kari decided to represent other independent bands and license their songs to film, television, ads, trailers, etc. What started with only a few bands, has now grown to over 500 bands of all genres and time periods. Kari’s mantra has remained consistent throughout the years. Present great music, make it easy to license, and have a blast along the way. Read more about Glow Music Group in Billboard.
Kari remains fiercely independent and continues to follow her own instincts and desires. Check out some highlights featuring Kari’s music here: www.karikimmel.com/reel