Blaine resident Kimberly Brown is using her musical talents to celebrate the holiday season and support the American Heart Association at the same time.
Brown’s holiday concert is set for Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Fine Line Music Cafe, 318 First Ave. N., Minneapolis, and will be the debut of her song “Survive.”
“It talks about surviving and overcoming,” Brown said. “The great thing about this song is it is universal.”
“I wrote it being open like that.”
Brown wrote the song and then had a producer friend of hers, Steven Daniels, work on it as well. The end result is a song that Brown said has cross-over appeal.
“It’s a perfect fit,” she said.
Brown’s Home for the Holidays concert is in its fifth year. There are two shows set for 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. This is the second year the show has been staged at the Fine Line and the first time it has been tied to the American Heart Association. A portion of the proceeds will go to the organization.
Last year’s concert was sold out and so Brown opted to add a second show this year.
Tickets are $25 for seating and $15 for standing room only. The 6:30 p.m. show is nearly sold out for seating, but Brown said there are still plenty of standing room only tickets available.
The show features a variety of holiday music and brings together the Kimberly Brown Holiday Band, which includes Trenon Grahm on drums, Nick Salisbury on bass, John Della Selva on guitar, Kevin Gamle on keys, Jason Craft on organ and Jim Ryber on keys. Singers include Regina Davis, Ebony Pittman, Darryl Sledge and Odies Turner.
“This is the only time this exact group gets together,” Brown said.
Brown has been a spokesperson for the American Heart Association throughout 2012 and was named the association’s 2012 Volunteer of the Year in June.
Brown became active in supporting the American Heart Association after blood and cholesterol tests revealed she had levels significantly above those that are acceptable.
The results shocked Brown and prompted her to take action to improve her health and help spread awareness.
In addition to attending American Heart Association events and sharing her story, Brown wrote a song, “Get Up Get Moving,” to encourage others to take action for the sake of their heart.
It serves as a theme song of sorts for the Minnesota chapter of the American Heart Association and its sales are also a fund-raiser for the organization, with all the proceeds going to the association.
“Get Up Get Moving” is the one of the first songs Brown has written.
She wrote some music in the 1990s before giving up writing music in the last 1990s. Although she had not many written songs prior to “Get Up Get Moving,” Brown has been singing and performing all her life.
Brown recalls first singing at age three and performing in crowds by the time she was seven.
A pastor’s daughter, Brown often sang in church, but has never had any formal training. She credits God with giving her the gift of music.
Born in Houston, Texas, Brown grew up in Minneapolis until the age of 12. The family then moved to Champlin where she completed high school. She lived in Andover before moving to Blaine in 2010, where she lives with her husband and daughter. The couple also foster children.
In 1984 Brown joined the Sounds of Blackness, singing with the group for 15 years.
During that time its members received two Grammy awards and recorded music for a movie soundtrack. The group also provided Brown with an opportunity to travel and perform throughout the world.
“Survive” is due to be released in January. Brown is also working on producing a CD set to be released in early spring.
“I’m really excited about this one,” she said.