Kim Richardson & Band

A native of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Kim Richardson is the daughter of singer and actress Jackie Richardson, the niece of blues and jazz singer Betty Richardson and the sister of former Polka Dot Door host Gairey Richardson. She began performing professionally in the early 1980s, both as a solo blues, jazz and R&B vocalist and with the family musical group The Richardsons.

At just 14, she was already singing in clubs and taking her first steps in the theatre. Gifted with an enchanting voice, she won two Juno Awards for her debut singles in 1986 and 1987, adding a third trophy to her collection as part of the group The Merlin Factor in 1994. At ease in all musical styles, she has shared the stage with Barry White, Stevie Wonder and Celine Dion. In Montreal, she gave free rein to her love of blues and soul on her debut solo album Kaleidoscope (2006), co-produced with Nanette Workman, before staging the magnificent show Tribute to Billie Holiday. Richardson made her silver screen debut in Funkytown and proved she was equally adept in two languages with her first album in French, Mes amours.

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