California native singer-songwriter Kimberlye Gold’s mom had her birth announcement printed as a theater ticket: “It’s A Girl”. No wonder she wound up working in the entertainment industry. The truth is, Gold first worked in show biz as a teenager playing the character “Sunny” in the award-winning San Francisco rock ‘n roll musical comedy “Breakfast In Marin”.
Since then Gold has worked with many songwriters including some who have composed songs for Vanessa Williams, The Dixie Chicks, The Carpenters, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Gary Allan and Faith Hill. Gold also co-composed the cut “Don’t Maybe Me” with Holly Lamar which was included on Atlantic Records recording artist Mila Mason’s disc The Strong One.
The San Franciscan artist’s skills scored “Best Song” for the West Coast Songwriters North Bay Open Mic Competition with her tune “Show Me” which was co-written with David Vaughn. She’s also had her music used on television and in motion pictures. Her song “One More Reason”, (co-written with David Vito Gregoli) was featured in the movie A Time To Die.
Her tune, “Countdown To Love” (co-composed with Paul Sabu), was used in the television motion picture Secrets Between Friends on NBC and Lifetime. Gold even did the theme song for the pay-per-view program “Bikini Open”. It was co-written with Mark and Steve Collins.
Her debut disc, Sycamore Street, is a nine-track album of pop and acoustic ballads with adept vocals and oft’times truly meaningful lyrics. Her performances lead some critics to compare her to the likes of Emmylou Harris and Allison Krauss.
Here Gold leads the way with her lead and background vocals. She is backed by an assortment of other artists including: Danny Parks (guitars), John Albani (guitars and bass), John “Sonny” Sundstrom (guitar), Johnny Douglas (guitars, bass, keys, drums, background vocals and programming), Bob McGilpin (acoustic guitar), Gene Rabbai (keys), Don Kerce (bass), Mickey Justice (tin whistle, bazookie and tin drum), Emmy Davies (bass, penny whistles and bagpipes), Michael McCandless (violin), Mel Watts and Steve Holland (drums and programming) and Britt Savage, Felicia Sorenson and Ralph Friedrichsen (background vocals).
The lead-in is the titular tune “Sycamore Street”. It’s a strong enough opener telling a tale of dislocation and yet it only foreshadows Gold’s abilities as a songwriter (especially since this was co-written with Johnny Douglas). It’s an award-winner that scored (among other titles)”North Bay Area Song Of The Year”. It was even included in the indie film 9:04 A.M.
“Nothin’ I Don’t Already Know” is next here. It’s a bit of an angry song but not overly so. There has to be a kernel of truth in this cut as she sings it so sincerely. (Your rascally writer is, however, annoyed that Gold would compose a cut about him based solely on what she heard from his ex-girlfriends . . . no, just kidding . . .)
The fan favorite “A Place in Your Heart” follows. Are you serious, lady? When you can write and
sing a song like this how could you not have a place in a guy’s heart? This Gold-Siler tune takes the “Critic’s
The track “Till We Meet Again” is yet one more example of Gold’s abilities when she flies solo. Your randy reviewer really needs to stop drinking though because he has no recollection of hooking up with Gold and yet this one obviously recalls that meeting. (Yeah, yeah . . . well, a man can dream, right?)
Your screwy scribe is taking the high road in commenting on the tune titled “The Hardest Part”. Besides, this Gold-Warren work wears its heart on its sleeve telling a tuneful tale of “you can’t live with ‘em and you can’t live without ‘em”. This one is too on the mark and just plain real to joke about to anyone who has been through this type of experience.
The sixth selection is “What Are We Runnin’ from Now”. This might
seem like a good question and yet this Gold-Kostas collaboration focuses on
looking back or reconsidering a relationship that was far from perfect. It’s a noteworthy song of second chances.
“Rope of Faith” is the final example of Gold’s talents as a solo songwriter. According to online sources this song was inspired by a true life event in which Gold shared a significant conversation “with Irish actor Gabriel Bryne after he heard her music”. The instrumental version follows and features Mickey Justice on acoustic guitar.
The closing cut to this nearly 39 minute disc is “What’s in a Name”. This parenthetically-placed second Gold and Douglas piece provides an apt albeit all too soon ending. The music is a mix of genres including alt-country, blues, folk, pop and rock but the oft’ times meaningful messages come straight from Gold’s gut revealing an artist willing to share of herself.
Gold even plays on both sides of the fence. She is also a freelance writer and a music critic with her column “Almost Famous: My Adventures as a SF Entertainment Journalist” for the San Francisco Herald. Her more recent projects include co-authoring, producing and performing on English country artist Valerie Jay’s sophomore CD, Pacific Time.
Praised by Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free and The Firm) as being a “great . . . true singer”, it’s obvious that music matters to Gold. She has also played such venues as L.A.’s Genghis Cohen, New York’s The Bitter End, Nashville’s The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and even the 12 Bar in London. Presently Gold says: “I play in a ’60s/’70s classic rock band up here in the San Francisco Bay Area called The7th Sons.”
Gold has also recently become a bit more involved in social movements and politics. Inspired by Tony Bennett’s “Voices Against Violence” cause which requests that performers include a song about non-violence in their shows, she has become a “non-violence” advocate and does her part by playing Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind”.
Gold has a lot on her performance plate stating: “at the end of 2011, I started my own retirement home/hospital/skilled nursing/senior center music business. Nobody taught me how to do it or helped me – I just used all the skills I’ve amassed over the years working in publicity at the record labels in NY and Nashville, an artist promoting myself, as a freelance journalist since 2001 and starting my own publicity company in 2010 KGP PR.”
Gold adds: “It’s the most important work I’ve ever done. I get to help people and bring them joy every day!” Her heartfelt original songs and covers reveal a caring individual who actually performs at many benefit events, retirement homes and nightclubs.
Gold laughs: “I am the ‘Madonna’ of the Rehab – I am whoever you need me to be!” If you haven’t figured it out yet, guys and gals, it should be obvious that Kimberlye Gold is working hard to earn “A Place In Your Heart”.
My name is Phoenix and . . . that’s the bottom line.