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Discover my full length album, "Deep Breath."
"Deep Breath" gives you 14 songs I created with a collective of wonderful writers, producers, and artists. Featuring the voice talents of April Kelly, Paul Otten, Tamara Bubble, Jennifer Epperley, Janine de Souza, Ten Summersets, and Ge Oh and songs produced by Scott Free, Colin Robinson, Jon Ciorciari, Javier Silva, and Ge Oh. I love these people and love what we have created!
The album takes you through snippets of my life over the past few years as my family and I left our home state, California, to buy a 10 acre forest and build a new home in Western Washington. "This Our Home" was penned through tears, as I sat at my displaced piano that we stored at my Mom's house in California until we finished building our home in Washington. It was a bittersweet season of life, saying goodbye to all I had ever known, and stepping into a brand new dream.
I was blessed to have the warm and familiar voice of Paul Otten lead our duet. I was equally blessed to work with Scott Free as the producer on this track. Scott played most of the instruments (except for the piano and the strings in the bridge) and he sang BGVs. A very special addition to our BGV section were the sweet voices of my daughters, Bethany (when she was 8) and Keira (when she was 12). Their voices have already changed, and I am so thankful I was able to capture them during that fleeting time.
"Roots" is about my childhood memories of my favorite oak tree I used to climb at Shannon Park in Dublin, California. This place, where I once made a blood pact with a secret club, holds many memories for me. The tree sits next to a creek where my friends and I used to catch polliwogs and pretend we were Huck, Tom, and Becky, surviving on the Mississippi. The earliest seeds of my faith in Jesus first took root there. A few years ago I visited the park and was amazed at how tall the old oak has grown. There are still boards nailed into the tree that we used to climb, and they were maybe a foot off of the ground back when I was a kid. Now they are at least fifteen feet above my head!
My Drew Barrymore-lookalike-friend, Janine de Souza, who always brings a healthy dose of laughter into my world, collaborated on a few songs for this project. She was kind enough to lend her BGVs on a couple of the tunes. We met a few years ago at a Master Class for songwriters in Los Angeles, and we were both surprised to find out we lived close to each other in N. California. Up until then, all of our collaborations had been with fellow students online.
Janine and I were excited to arrange an in-person co-writing session, which soon led to the Cannoli and Coffee Collaborations! Janine is a heap-of-fun person to write with! Maybe that is why most of our songs are so happy and fun.
A couple of our songs, "Feel Good Summer," and "Get Up and Go Shine," were produced and co-written with Javier Silva, who played all the instruments and whose band Ten Summersets brought in the retro, groovy vibin' BGVs and counter melodies.
“You Get Me” was a collaboration with Colin Robinson. The first time I worked with Colin was when I asked an online group of people (who I didn't know) if anyone was willing to collaborate and produce a song for me for a 5 day writing challenge. Colin responded right away that he was game, even though he had never worked with me before! I sent him the lyrics and melody in a voice memo I recorded over my iPhone, with no click or background music. He created a full track using what I sent him. The rest is history. Colin is always up for any challenge, he meets deadlines, and he is always positive. He is easy and fun to work with. But I still haven't had a chance to meet him in person!
"Deep Breath Sparkle" and "La-La Together" were both produced by Colin. He played all instruments except for the piano/keyboards. He is a smashing drummer, in fact he is one of the drummers for The Blue Man Group in Universal Orlando. But equally awesome is his guitar-playing ability.
I had my kids on my heart when I wrote "Deep Breath Sparkle". It is the title song, because it is my prayer that this project will be a breath of fresh hope for those who hear the songs.
"La-La Together" was written before Covid was even imagined. Who knew?
"Come Alive," "Yum Yum Life," and "Standing Out," were collaborations by Janine de Souza, Colin Robinson, and I. "Yum Yum" was actually a top line to one of Colin's already recorded music tracks. Janine and I gave it lyrics and a melody, and Colin produced.
"Rise Up" was written with my beautiful friend Jennifer Epperley, joined by Colin Robinson again as co-writer and producer. This song features Jen's exquisite vocals. The lyrics came during a painful time, literally for me, when I broke my foot by dropping a couch on it in the middle of preparing for the move. It was emotionally painful for Jennifer, as she was going through a divorce. The song reflects our mindset as we both found our strength to rise up through our trials because of our faith in Christ.
Ahhh, Ge Oh! Rapper with a heart that is GOLDEN, producer who has a special kind of magic, and COACH who gets me to try things I haven't tried before! "Light It Up" is a perfect example of Ge Oh inspiring me to embrace a new genre. I'm so thankful for his encouragement and for the songs we have written. But wait, I have to mention that Janine de Souza was IN ON THIS ONE TOO! Needless to tell you - creating this track with those two - a whole lotta fun!
Another song on the album that was great fun to create is "Lucky," written by Jennifer Epperley, Tamara Bubble, and me and produced by Colin Robinson. Colin brought in his friend Dave Westerkov on trumpet for this one. This fun song contrasts the mindsets of people who believe it is simply luck that leads to success, verses people who believe it is blood, sweat, and tears that pay off. It builds to a female rap by Tamara Bubble on the last verse and then Ms. Bubble wraps it up with her punchy line, "you can keep those lucky charms tucked, cos I don't need em." SIZZLE!
The grand finale of the album is "Invincible," the first song I co-wrote when I was taking a course on writing songs for film and tv. I am incredibly pleased with this song that rings out the message, “Together we are strong!” This tracks would not have taken shape if it weren't for two brilliant people, both with immense talent, and lovely souls, who I now call dear friends. April Kelly, who co-wrote and sang, and Jon Ciorciari, who played all instruments and produced. April, who brilliantly created a stack of vocal harmonies and wove in counter melodies to perfection, and Jon, who convinced me I could sing a G above high C in my chest voice. I am beyond blessed to have had the opportunity to work with them both.
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KimMarie Krenik‘s musical journey has taken her around the globe, across swinging bridges in remote villages in Thailand, into public squares throughout Europe and Great Britain, and even down Main Street, USA with her friends Mickey and Minny. Kim Marie Krenik (a.k.a. Kimberly Knox) has appeared as a television actress (Beverly Hills 90210, The Drew Carey Show, Lois and Clark) and has had moments of stage bliss playing many roles, including Abigail Williams in "The Crucible," Mary Magdelene in "Jesus Christ Superstar" and Anne in "A Little Night Music."
Kim’s passion is to create music that is a beacon of hope and healing. Writing music to encourage herself and others in their faith journey has been her life long passion, and she continues to serve her church community as a worshiper and songwriter. A few years ago, Kim began writing for the film, tv and ad world. Collaborating with other writers has been a transforming experience for her, and learning to write new styles and choose universal lyrics has caused her to step outside of her own mind to better empathize with others' experiences and stories. Her faith in the power of God's immense and transcending love grows all the more strong through the process of collaborating with others.
Kim is an author of a Women’s Devotional, as well as a tween fantasy book series (coming soon). If you want to hear more about Kim’s faith journey, you can read her book, Fire Lilies - Out of the Ashes, (women's devotional and scripture study) available on Amazon.
Deep Breath by Kim Krenik is a full length album featuring a collective of artists and producers with 14 inspirational pop songs.
Kim's debut album features 12 eclectic songs, along with the talents of Jim Hurley on violin, Rico Fazzio on saxophone, and Spencer Chan on piano. Ted Leonard (Spock's Beard), Douglas Ott (Enchant), Jonathan Johnson. and Jackson Jackson lended their talents as producers and players, and it was mixed by Tom Size.