KIMBERLEY HEBERLY THE NEXT TAYLOR SWIFT
After her stint as support act for Samantha Jade, singer Kimberley Heberley is stepping up as headliner, thanks to a recent gold-medal winning turn at the World Championships of Performing Arts.
You could forgive 21-year-old Kimberley for taking a breather between applying for the competition in June 2013 and flying out to Los Angeles in July 2014 (her acceptance into the prestigious championships followed months of rigorous screening, interviews and assessment). But thanks to a work ethic that belies her age, Kimberley spent the months before her international debut honing her craft through intense workshops and vocal training sessions. Oh, and there was that tour – Kimberley was selected as Samantha Jade’s only WA support act for the pop princess’ April 2014 Westfield tour.
“It was so inspiring to support such an incredibly talented and well-respected Australian artist,” Kimberley says of the tour, which she considers one of her career highlights. “She sets a great example for all aspiring musicians, especially those in the pop music industry.”
As a pop vocalist and pianist, Kimberley often invites comparison with Samantha, as well as singer Delta Goodrem, whom Kimberley acknowledges as an inspiration when she started learning to play at seven years of age.
The instrument is now central to Kimberley’s original music. “If you can just sit down and sing with the piano and nothing else, and it still has that emotion and power, then you know you have done your job,” she says. “That’s how you know it’s a great song.”
Developing her songwriting skills is a priority for Kimberley, who hopes to release an album of original material in early 2015. She was due to fly to Melbourne in late 2014 to continue writing and producing: while she was the only WA artist at the World Championships to perform original material, she is still looking to improve on her repertoire. It’s a drive that will give her as good a chance as any of achieving her most ambitious goal – to follow in the footsteps of a global pop icon.
“Dreaming big would be the heights and hysteria of Taylor Swift status,” Kimberley says. “Selling one million records in a week. Going number one in eighty countries around the globe. World tours. Screaming, dedicated fans.”
But more important than chart success, Kimberley admits, is challenging herself
creatively. “Central to this would be inspiring others, making incredible music, being a credible and well-respected artist, and working to the best of your ability.”