She started her musical training at an early age. "Mom gave me piano lessons and I've been hooked on music ever since. The first song I learned was 'Jesus Loves Me'. I was about 8 when I got to sing in public for the first time. There was a man named Larry Love. He was a black folk singer who performed at the local Straw-hat Pizza Parlor. I'd start singing along when he was playing campfire songs so one day he pulled me up on stage. I was thrilled that people seemed to like my singing."
Kimberley started to play the flute in third grade and the guitar in sixth. She was in a Boston cover band in fifth grade and performed at a Feed the Children benefit at thirteen. Always athletic and sort of a tom-boy, Kimberley was tall for her age and competed head-on with the boys. She loved being on the swim team and played basketball in college. She still holds the rebound record at her school but music was her first love.
Kimberley remembers her high school vocal coach, Pollie Vashe, with much affection. There were school plays, madrigals, Renaissance singers, the Nightingales and the Ducketts quartet. She and two friends did the National anthem as a cappella trio. She was on the "You Can Be a Star" TV show. She played acoustic guitar in bars for Sunday brunch and Saturday nights. At the age of 19 she started to do radio jingles as a singer and songwriter. Her credits include Toyota, Wrangler jeans and Pontiac.
She studied music in college and took up Radio/TV announcing to overcome her shyness. As a freshman in college she won a solo part in "A Midsummer Night�s Dream" over 75 other girls. That took her to Europe for a 6 week tour where she impressed a new group of people. They quickly became and fans and friends. Her new friends in Berlin, Sandra and Ulf, wanted to help Kimberley reach new audiences so they started her first website www.Kimberley.de website.
Kimberley moved to Nashville ("it felt like home as soon as I got there") where she won a spot on the Nashville New Faces World tour. That took her to back to Germany where she made many more new friends and fans. She's been back to perform several times as a single or duo performer.
While back in the USA and working in Tom Hambridge's band, Kimberley was noticed by Tom Scholz of the band BOSTON, who came to a club performance to check out Hambridge as a replacement drummer for Boston. Scholz liked Hambridge but was really impressed with Kimberley's singing and asked her if she played bass? A couple of months later Kimberley was on stage with Boston at the Fiesta Bowl in front of 80,000 people and millions of TV viewers, her first year with the band was 2002.
Tom Scholz liked her songwriting so much that he included her song "With You" on the latest Boston CD, Corporate America. Several tours with the band have made her one of the fan's favorites and a stand out example for women who Rock and can roll with the best of them.
Kimberley has released several CD's, her latest being, You Make Me Believe. That CD is a gift to her fans, friends, and support system and team that help her keep going even when she is exhausted.
Kimberley is a single Mom with two children, Kenny who is 16 and Emily who is 10. Right before the holidays this past November; Kimberley was in a serious skiing accident so for now she is home recuperating, rehabilitating and writing, writing, writing new songs for her next CD project, which shows you can�t keep a good woman down.
Her Nashville community of musical friends came out and showed Kimberley so much love in the way of the Wishing Well Benefit that it reinforced to her that calling Tennessee home was and has always been the right choice.
Be watching for news on that project and other's that Kimberley's has on the burner and is getting ready to launch soon.
Source: http://www.kdsongs.com/ accessed 5th July 2013
As the first woman to grace the BOSTON lineup, Kimberley Dahme has been a welcome addition since she joined the group in 2001. It was a stroke of luck for the native Californian, who now calls Nashville home. Kimberley sums it up this way, "I was in the right place at the right time. I was playing in another band and Tom Scholz and Gary Pihl were out looking for a new drummer for BOSTON. They happened to see me onstage. I was playing electric guitar and singing in that band. Tom approached me after the show and asked me if I could play bass. I told him that I could learn! I immediately went back to Nashville and bought a bass and called their offices and begged for an audition. I ended up getting the part. I went into deep rehearsal mode for a year. The concerts come as second nature now but they took a great deal of wood-shedding at the beginning." Kimberley's first official appearance with BOSTON (as well as her first time playing bass in public), was on New Year's Day in 2002 at the Fiesta Bowl, where they performed the National Anthem to an audience of over 74,000 and millions of television viewers! Reflecting on that occasion, Kimberley notes, "Longest minute and a half of my life!" Gary Pihl says, "Kimberley's such a hard worker and is really dedicated to making the band sound great. As we were getting ready for the '03 tour (her first with us), she'd come in early and stay late to put in as much time as possible perfecting her chops. She said she'd always loved how expressive the bass lines on the albums are and wanted to nail them note for note."
A big fan of the band from the beginning, Kimberley played in a BOSTON cover band in the 5th grade. It would turn out to be be a vision of things to come for the 6-foot blonde. "I am a huge fan of Tom's music. You can t get better than BOSTON: Tom Scholz and Brad Delp, what an amazing combination! I am very honored to be a part of this band," she says. Born in San Pablo, California, Kimberley grew up in various locations out by the Mojave desert. Dahme has been immersed in music ever since she can remember. "I was in singing lessons before I could even read and could barely even talk," she says. In addition to the bass, Kimberley also plays guitar and flute. Her voice is perhaps her most amazing instrument. Her incredible range really shines, whether she is singing lead or belting out those exquisite harmonies, one of her specialties. She says, "I naturally hear everything in harmony. When a person sings I hear in my head about eight different harmonies." Brad Delp adds, "With Kim, we finally have the girl that we should have had in the first place on vocals to cover some of my parts."
While still in California, Kimberley worked constantly recording radio and television jingles. "The market was so saturated with my voice that they had to start altering it so it would sound like someone else," recalls Kimberley. She has always been athletic, and to this day, still holds the basketball rebound record for her high school. "I got through college with music and sporting scholarships," says Kimberley. As a freshman in college, she was chosen to sing the lead opera vocal backed by a 75-piece choral ensemble that performed A Midsummer's Night Dream on a European tour. Kimberley has always written and performed her own music, and has played with numerous bands over the years. "I also had plenty of random jobs to sustain my music habit," she remembers. It was Tom Hambridge's band that she was performing with when Tom and Gary found her on that fateful night, and she still writes and performs with him on occasion.
This lovely guitarist and vocalist is also a very talented songwriter. Tom Scholz included her song, "With You" on BOSTON's last release, Corporate America. With five solo albums under her belt, she is currently playing at various venues around the country, writing more songs in her spare time, and laying down vocal tracks in Scholz's studio on occasion. Jeff Neal says, "She lights up the room with her personality wherever she goes. Kim is a born performer. Wherever the band goes, people everywhere really seem to relate and respond to her. Along with Brad, she is the one who gets up early in the morning after traveling all night with little sleep to do a radio interview to help promote the band. It ' s a lot to ask of someone on the road, and Kim does it like a trooper." Ms. Dahme is the very proud mother of a 10 year-old son, and a 3 1/2 year-old daughter, who join her on the road from time to time. Somehow, she manages to balance it all, home life and being on the road, a very delicate juggling act indeed. Her fans will attest that she is warm and welcoming to all of them, and has that unique gift of knowing how to make each person feel special. You can tell that she is in her element whether she is on stage, or greeting fans after a show. She says, "When I am on stage, it's as if I'm in my living room and you're my guests. That's the time I throw all my cares away and just play music. I love music, as you can tell. I love performing and people and everything. Bring it on!"
Source: http://www.bandboston.com/html/kd_html.html accessed 5th July 2013