Kimberlye’ McKinney is nothing short of amazing. A force in her own right in which she is also called “KIMISTRY”, this female saxophonist, songwriter, and producer brings a variety of elements into her music that is pure energy in every performance.
The native Georgian was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Her musical influence began at an early age by her father who noticed her artistic musical expressions at the tender age of two. She was also introduced to playing several instruments. At age eleven, Kimberlye’ switched her interest to alto and tenor saxophone and embarked on a path to become a novice songwriter. She began to fall more in love with music, sitting in front of her record player and transcribing songs like El Debarge’s, “I like It” and Patty LaBelle’s, “If Only You Knew”. Kimberlye’ grew up influenced by musical greats like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Ronnie Laws, Sonny Rollins, Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, Al Green, Chick Corea, Cannonball Adderley, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop, R&B, Gospel, County, Classical, and others. Gravitating to all genres of music, Kimberlye’ combines a plethora of influences that is embraced and felt in her music.