Christian Music: Interview with Kimberly Patrick

Kimberly Patrick

Country music has an emerging young star and her name is Kimberly Patrick. She has a natural and beautiful singing voice and her music reflects the life of small town USA where she was raised. Her Christian faith forms the basis for who she is as a person and a performer. Kimberly has recently released a new CD on Lamon records titled “A Simple Life”. Recently I had the opportunity to interview her about the CD, her music, and her faith.

John: This is your first full length CD. Tell us about the CD and what it was like making it.

Kimberly: Yeah, it’s my first full length CD. It was a lot of fun. We got to be in the studio as the musicians were laying down their tracks. So we got to see what kind of feel we wanted to give the songs and then I would do my vocals. So it was fun to be part of the process of putting everything to the words. It was my first time of getting to see the whole process.

John: You wrote all of the songs on the CD?

Kimberly: Yes I wrote them all. Just me and my guitar.

John: Very impressive. How much of your own life experiences do you put into your songs?

Kimberly: A lot of them come from my own experiences personally or situations I’ve seen with family or friends or just watching other people. I just kind of get an idea from certain things and just run with it.

John: The title cut on the CD is called “Simple Life”. Tell us about that song.

Kimberly: “Simple Life” is a song I wrote about where I come from: Lampe, Missouri. It’s about small town life. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to it.

John: I just love small towns. And that songs reminds me of that when listening to it. Tell us about Lampe, Missouri.

Kimberly: Lampe is a very small town; pretty much if you blink you’ve already past it. I think I’m related to everyone here. Everyone knows everyone. It’s tiny but I love it. We’re about 35-40 minutes out of Branson.

John: When did you know you wanted to be a singer?

Kimberly: Ever since I can remember. When I was three years old I started singing – I could barely talk. When I was five years old I was in my yard playing and I was singing “Blue” by Leanne Rimes and that’s when my parents really noticed that I could sing.

John: Who were some of your musical influences or your favorite artists?

Kimberly: My favorite of all time would be George Strait. I love his music. His voice sounds natural. I grew up listening to Leanne Rimes so I sing a lot of her songs. Newer artists – I love Miranda Lambert, love all of her stuff. Kacey Musgraves, she’s a new artist. She has a simple acoustical type sound that’s really pretty. Country is definitely what I go for. But I like some pop. I like Demi Lovato. I love her voice.

John: Of all the songs on the CD, which one is your favorite?

Kimberly: That’s a good question. I really like “Simple Life” because it’s what I’ve lived and been around. There’s a song I wrote for my mom on there called “Words my mama said”. I like that one ’cause it’s all true. It’s been my life with my Mom. So it’s hard to pick just one.

John: In your opinion what makes your music unique from the current standard fare of country music?

Kimberly: I think what may set me apart is that I start every song with me and the guitar. Sometimes I think my music has more of an acoustic feel – but its got a modern twist. Not too twangy but it still sticks to the simple feel of country.

John: Well, you’ve got a beautiful voice. It makes the songs sound very personal. I also appreciate the fact that you don’t yell in your songs. There are some artists today who are screaming their lungs out by the end of the song. Why is that?

Kimberly: That’s funny. I think today’s society pressures people into believing you’re only a good singer if you can hit every note that’s belting. That’s never been my style. I feel like it doesn’t sound natural for me. It’s not how God made my voice. I just sing and don’t try to overdo it and be something I’m not.

John: I remember years ago hearing Johnny Mathis say that the biggest challenge in singing is not to “oversing” a song. That’s why I really appreciate your music. You don’t oversing and you sing to the right pitch. And your voice sounds like it’s meant to be part of the song.

Kimberly: Thank you. Thank you for noticing that.

John: What are some events you’ve performed at recently?

Kimberly: I perform a lot in my home town. There’s a restaurant here called Baxter’s country store by the lake a few minutes from my house. And that is one of my favorite places to sing because it’s out on a deck and it’s relaxed. So we play there. I’ve played in Nashville a couple of times and did some showcases there. We did the fair in North Carolina this summer. That was a lot of fun. I’ve done a lot of benefits different places. Just about anywhere I can get in or am needed.

John: How has faith played a role in your career?

Kimberly: It’s definitely played a big role because I’ve learned singing my whole life that there’s a lot of ups and downs. A lot of times you get your hopes up for nothing. When your sad over something and something didn’t go the way your wanted it to, you know that God still has a plan even though you can’t see it at that time.

John: What is the most incredible thing God has done for you in your career?

Kimberly: I’d have to say opening and closing doors because certain doors that you thought were going to lead somewhere they’ve just been shut. You’re confused at the time but there’s a reason later for it being closed. But definitely He’s opened the right doors when they’re meant to be – for me to meet people or going to Nashville. He’s definitely opened and closed the right doors is something I’ve learned.

John: What is your favorite scripture and how has it impacted your life?

Kimberly: Probably Jeremiah 29:11. It says ‘For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and give you a hope and a future’. So I think that really applies to life – anyone’s life.

John: What is the most important thing you’ve learned in your Christian faith?

Kimberly: Mostly to rely on God. Sometimes you can’t see the outcome or where it’s heading but to rely on God and not people or things.

John: Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Kimberly: Hopefully still singing. I’d like to be doing as many shows as I can because that’s the most important thing to me. I don’t really care about winning an award – that would always be great – but to me singing is what I love to do and where it started. I’m happy just being able to travel around and doing what I love. And then the rest of it will come if it’s supposed to be.

John: What are the most important things in your life?

Kimberly: God. I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Him. And then of course family. I love spending time with my family. And then singing. Whether I am on a stage or in a car by myself I never shutup.

John: Kimberly this has been a joy. I wish you well in the future and I’ll be praying for you. And you’re just a wonderful young talent. I know you’re going to go places. But most important of all you’re going to impact people’s lives through your music and doing what God wants you to do for Him.

Kimberly: Thank you so much for having me. Hopefully we can do it again soon.

Kimberly’s website is

You can also follow her on Facebook.

John Baldwin About John Baldwin

John Baldwin is an freelance interviewer and writer. Since 2007 he has been the host of The J-Bal oldies show, an online radio show. You can listen to it each Friday evening from 7-10 p.m. Eastern at