The lyrics to Kimani Edwards' latest single release, "So Gone", reflects the passion and confidence of a young artist whose star is on the rise:"I'm looking for a rider, someone that will ride with me....because I can take you higher, way, way, up!" is an anthem and a goal for Kimani who has set her sights on real success in the music and acting industry.
As a singer, songwriter, dancer and actress, Kimani has some pretty impressive movie and TV credits already at age 16, as well as a new music single and video, and her EP will be released in 2018.
Born in Germany as an 'Army Brat', and raised in Georgia, Kimani has a very focused career plan she is launching out of Atlanta, the entertainment capitol of the South, with her manager and mother, Kimi Edwards. They formed a management company, 'Sqwad Kimani', as a support for a burgeoning career that has many aspects to it.
One of her favorite artists is the late, Aaliyah, who herself was honing her skills as a teenager, and by age 21 was already a beloved and revered artist in the industry before a tragic plane accident took her life. Being a student of great artists such as Aaliyah, and their work ethics, is something that Kimi Edwards has instilled in Kimani who has taken note of people who have proven themselves as the best in the entertainment industry, such as Queen Latifah, Lee Daniels, Ian Burke, and Jermaine Dupri, to name a few.
"Kimani's style of music is unique. She is so much more than just a pop and R&B artist. She has a passion for all styles of music! Kimani is head strong and is determined to be successful in her singing and acting career. When it comes to acting she has always enjoyed imitating other characters from movies and has been gifted to improv very well. There is always room to grow and learn in the entertainment business and Kimani is eager to learn more. She is really a sweet girl that has always had a big heart for the under dog. She will stand up for those who may not stand up for themselves and can't stand to see people being mistreated. Kimani is big on encouraging others to look at the bright side of things" says Kimi Edwards, Kimani's manager and mother.
Prince once said that he was relieved that the music industry was in good standing when he witnessed some of the new generation of artists taking the baton in reference to singers like Janelle Monae and Judith Hill. He would no doubt have included Kimani Edwards in that group. Her passion for acting and singing talent is evident once you see her perform.
I caught up with Kimani recently to learn about her goals and what's next for this artist whose name, music and acting you will no doubt be hearing about in the very near future.
Kimani's Bio (courtesy of website: http://sqwadkimani.com/)
On February 14th the entertainment and music world was introduced to a sassy, beautiful , and charismatic teen; Kimani!
The 16 year old Germany born and army brat resides in columbus, ga. She lets everyone know who she's really looking for, a Rider...Somebody Down To Ride With Her!
The 90'S vibe Jazze Pha produced single "Rider" dropped and is a definite "Banger!" The music video is just as hot as the song! Kimani may be new to the music scene as a pop and R&B artist, but her unique, smooth and bold vocals will have you wanting to hear more of this [young] DIVA's voice.
Not only does she sing but she is a songwriter and an actress. She attends one of Atlnta's most sought after acting schools "Hott Theater for Kids -Lauren Hunt".
Kimani has appeared in the star studded films, "Almost Christmas" written and and directed by David Talbert, and TPN'S Season 2 of "Flags on the Field", Jermaine Dupree's, "The Rap Game" Season 1 Commercial, and Lee Daniel's "Star" with Queen Latifah.
Kimani has also appeared in many short films, Web series, and stage plays.
Kimani always keeps God first no matter what, and sings faithfully at church in Columbus, GA., as well as writing songs.
Kimani's Hobbies and Goals
Kimani loves animals and has two furrbabies - Butterscotch who is her Shih Tzu and Debora, her German Rottweiler.
Kimani is the middle child with an older sister and younger brother. As an independent artist she is working hard to climb to the top and one day would love to be signed to record label that sees her vision, style, and compassion.
Following high school, Kimani wants to continue with her singing career and acting, and she plans to attend college and on to law school.
Kimani's EP will be released in late 2018, and she is currently on tour promoting her single, 'Rider'.
Keep working hard and you can get anything that you want. If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don't think it's going to be easy. It's hard!"
Q&A with Kimani Edwards (KE)
Q) At what age did you know that a singing career would be your calling?
KE) I would always sing in church and like around the house. By the time I turned 14, I told my mom and dad that I wanted to really turn singing into a career. You know it's like whenever I would sing, I would feel great, it's like I could see myself up on stage singing to millions of people . You know music does something for everybody, whether it's a negative impact or positive impact. For me whenever I make music or write a song, I always ask myself, if this is something people can connect to and I also make sure all of my music has a positive impact. It's amazing to know that you can speak to the world through a song . And when I found that out, that's when I knew singing and music was for me.
Q) Who were some of your influences in music as a young kid coming up, and who do you like now out there?
KE) Aaliyah's music influenced me growing up, her voice was so smooth and powerful at the same time. I still look up to Aaliyah to this day she is a legend , and was great at what she did. Even when Jazzepha and I were in the studio and he wrote, my single " Rider" for me he and I both wanted an Aaliyah type vibe. Which was smooth R&B. I also look up to the rapper Eminem , he is great with delivering emotion through all of his music. Eminem tells a story with all of his songs. I literally listen to his song "lose yourself," every time before I have a performance on stage, I listen to this song because when I get on stage I lose myself in my music . I want the audience to know that my performance as well as my music is authentic, I mean every word I'm singing.
Q) We are all unique artist, but if I were to compare you to any singer making noise right now, who would that be, and why?
KE) If you compared me to any singer out there right now it would be Ciara mixed with Rihanna . I say this because Ciara's music is like smooth R&B and so is mine.
I threw Rihanna in this mix because Rihanna adds her own "twang" to all of her songs, and nobody can duplicate it . I add my own "twang" to my music as well , that nobody can duplicate. My music has my personality, my own sound, nobody can duplicate that.
Q) What's your goal with your music and where do you plan to be five years from now with it?
KE) You know like I said before, as long as my music reaches people and I have a steady fan base that is continuing to grow, I feel like my goal is reached. In five years I see my career being more stable, and a bigger fan base .
Q) Are you also pursuing acting? What's your favorite movie and TV show?
KE) Yes I have been acting since I was 6 years old. By the time I turned 14 I'd decided to really push my acting and singing. At 14 I was cast for my first movie, "Almost Christmas" produced by David Talbort. I played as Kimberley Elise, at age 12 for the movie. I also did 'Star' with Lee Daniels. I was a school girl. I just wrapped up doing 'Flags on the Field' with Bobby and Renee Peoples . And I'm doing a web series now as well as a couple of stage play's. So yes most definitely, acting is something I plan on pursuing further.
My favorite movie would have to be 'Lone Survivor' , written and directed by Peter Burg. This is my favorite movie because it's based on a true story and the actors really delivered and did their job.
Q) What are some of your other hobbies?
KE) I love animals so , sometimes I volunteer at "Paws." I'm also great with kids so , you know I babysit when I can. Like volunteering at my church with the youth department and also on Sundays , I teach bible study .
Q) Are you working on new music now? What's your latest single release called, and how can people find it?
KE) Currently I am finishing up my EP (extended play ). My latest singles that I just released is my single with Jazzepha, "Rider." And my other "Shoulder Werk". produced by 217. You can find all my music on all digital platforms, such as iTunes, Spotify, Pandora etc.
Q) Where can people follow you on social media?
KE) You can follow me on instagram:@thekimaniedwards
Q) Finally, if you were speaking to a group of young kids, maybe at at performing arts high school, who have the dreams you are now pursuing, what advice would you give them?
KE) I would definitely tell them to keep their heads up . Mentally and physically. I say this because a lot of things are not going to go your way all of the time but if you keep God first, I promise you it will work in your favor. What is for you, is for you. If it doesn't work out, that's okay you just have to work harder and ask yourself is this something that is meant for me.
Thank you Kimani. I know we will be seeing much, much more of you as your career soars.
Kimani's Photo Gallery
Kimani's Photos with friends, associates and celebs
Kimani won Awards as Best Performer and Favorite Teen of the Year from the Columbus Times News
A quote from two of Kimani's favorite artists
Kimani's acting career has been heating up with 2016's 'Almost Christmas'
From Season 2
From Season 3
Kimani's Music and New Single Release ~ 'Rider'
Let Your Shoulder Werk!
Kimani performing, 'Let Your Shoulder Werk'
Kimani's New Acting Reel
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Cynthia Murrell on October 03, 2018:
The article was great! It really showed me a side of the artist that I wasn't familiar with while introducing her and all of her many hidden accomplishments. It's wonderful to see someone, especially at her age, handle the spotlight so gracefully. Hats off to mom and dad for raising such a well rounded young lady. I expect to see her on bigger platforms! Nothing can stop you Kimani you're going way, way, way up!
Lurene Hunt on October 04, 2017:
Great article!!! Favor is all yours because of that humble spirit. There is no other way for you to go than - WAY, WAY, WAY UP!!!
Angela Edwards on October 04, 2017:
Keeping my ears open for more hit music from Kimani, keep working hard, you are going way, way up!!!
Kimi Edwards on October 04, 2017:
I love how she has grown and is growing in music and acting. Stay focused and watch how God will continue to bless you!
Sunny Kelley Aiken on October 02, 2017:
Im Excited for Your Journey, Lil Sister and Definitely Looking Forward to Reading More and Being Party To Your Explosive Career!
Lauren on October 02, 2017:
I CAN'T CONTAIN THE EXCITEMENT!! YOU ARE HEADED WAY WAY WAY UP!!! I'LL BE RIGHT THERE SUPPORTING!!
Sherri Pullum on October 02, 2017:
Nice article. I'm going to keep my eye on this rising star.
Robert Walker (author) from Los Angeles, CA. on October 02, 2017:
What a wonderful young woman Kimani is, and talent.
It was fun working with Kimani and her mom, Kimi.
Just want to put my bid in now for a chance at being Kimani's Publicist when she "blows-up!" and needs one - just sayin'... LOL.