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Known for her raw, powerhouse performances and personable interaction with her audiences, Kim Archer has attracted a large and loyal following of fans in the Pacific Northwest and across the country. For nearly a decade this lifelong musician has entertained standing-room-only crowds that consistently fill venues – and where dancing in the aisles is highly encouraged. Whether she’s playing a premier venue with her tight 4-piece band, or an intimate club for a solo show, Archer never disappoints.
Kim Archer’s music follows in the footsteps of great female singer/songwriters like Joan Armatrading, Melissa Ethridge and Bonnie Raitt. With guitar in hand she commands the stage playing her own original songs rooted in old school soul, funk and classic rock, sultry blues and ballads. She’s also a master at re-inventing iconic covers, where she conjures up a whole new vibe on vintage hits so that they sound fresh and wonderfully different.
Kim Archer grew up in Greencastle, Ind., with music a big part of her family life. Her dad played guitar and sang in a band and her mom loved to listen to music, sing and dance. Archer received her first guitar at the tender age of 4, and some of her fondest childhood memories are of the impromptu “concerts” she would put on for her mom.
Archer’s love of music continued in school, where she sang in school choirs and played tenor sax in her school band, winning state awards for both saxophone and voice. Years later in college at Ball State University, she kept the music playing by joining up with various bands while earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising/Marketing. She worked in that field for 12 years in various positions, including account executive and business owner, and continued playing in bands on weekends.
In 2003, she released her first CD titled “They Say I’m Crazy,” then soon after she moved from Indiana to Washington State to take part in the more active music scene there. She formed the Kim Archer Band in 2004 and she and her bandmates received their very first award by winning a battle of the bands that August.
By 2006, Archer grew weary of the 9-to-5 grind and left her corporate job to hook up fulltime with the vibrant independent music scene happening in the Pacific Northwest. Honing her performance and playing skills through constant gigs at bars, clubs and festivals in Seattle and Tacoma, Archer grew in popularity by leaps and bounds, earning her the chops to be a major contender in the live music arena. Newspaper and magazine interviews, along with numerous TV and radio appearances, served to introduce her more widely. In 2010 her Tacoma fans expressed their love for Kim Archer and her music when they voted her “Best Overall Music Artist” in a Best of Tacoma contest, and again in 2011. Another honor came her way in 2010 when the prestigious Washington Blues Society nominated her “Best Female Vocalist.”
All that performing and interviewing prepared Archer well for the next step on her musical journey – creating a new CD in 2011 .
“My Friend,” a moving collection of her original tunes recorded in-studio using an old-school “record album” recording quality to give the music a distinctive, warm, “live” sound.
Archer released a children’s CD in December 2013 called “Music from Planet Cool” as part of a library of anti-bullying materials called the “Magic Friendship Series. She is currently working on her third solo CD, due for release in May of 2014. Kim plays solo and with her band in the Pacific Northwest region, as well as enjoying gigs across the country in cities like Chicago, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Park City where she was a featured performer at the Park City Music Festival.
In addition to her many projects, she is also a voice and performance instructor, working with teens and adults.
For tour dates and locales, and to hear Archer’s music, visit www.kimarchermusic.com.