Kimberly Caldwell is gearing up to release her debut album, Without Regret, in April 2010 on Vanguard Records. She performed a showcase in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon (Dec 10) and Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo music was there to check it out.
I must say, was extremely impressed by what I heard today. Her voice was stronger and bolder than I remember from her Idol days, and her songs were tough ‘n’ tender in that instantly clicky Kelly Clarkson-ish way (more like Kelly’s misunderstood, Benatarian third album, My December, with a little bit of Allison Iraheta-esque swagger thrown in–all very good things, in my opinion).
After the jump, check out three of the performances. On Idol, Kim’s husky rasp was best served by songs with a rock edge–like Melissa Ethridge’s “Come To My Window”. Wisely, Kim is following her strength here. It’ll be interesting to see what she serves up come spring.
Kimberley’s work on the TV Guide channel has kept her in the spotlight, but her first album has been a long time coming–she was a Season 2 contestant, way back in 2003!
Video after the JUMP…
Mess of You
Going, Going Gone
Introducing Kimberley Caldwell