Victoria Kimani Biography
Victoria Kimani was born on 28th July 1985, she is an American- born Kenyan singer, song writer and actress. She is signed to Chocolate City and is described as the record label’s first lady.
Victoria Kimani Early Life
Victoria Kimani was born in Los Angeles, California to clergy parents and she is the youngest of her two older brothers.
She grew up partly in Benin City, Nigeria while her parents were there doing missionary work.
Victoria Kimani Music Career
She began singing at the age of 9 until the age of 16 when she begun performing alongside other church choir members as a back-up and writing songs for others.
On moving back to her mother country, Kenya, she joined campus where she also did back-ups for Mercy Mara where she had to travel a lot. She later opted to drop out to fully pursue a career in music.
In 2010, she performed a remix of Ice Prince’s hit single OLEKU (remixed by Nathaniel Williams Jr.), and from this caught the attention of Chocolate City executives.
In late 2012, she signed into Nigeria’s music label Chocolate City, based in Kenya as the first female artist to sign into the label, where she released her first single under the label, “Mtoto”, Swahili word for Child later in March 2013.
Victoria Kimani on why she left church for pop music
When she was asked about why she left the church for pop music she had this to say;
‘You know it’s different, because when you are singing for the lord, you don’t really have people judging you saying what’s she wearing and all that kind if talks. But when you are an entertainer, it becomes a totally different feeling. But musically, I feel its similar, because both are from the heart. Now, I do have some gospel songs in my forthcoming mixtape. So, it’s not like I am not singing about God anymore. I sang in the choir while I was in Benin City and subsequently, I always sing in church with my dad. He’s a professional Guitar player and he used to be a singer too. Now my parents are used to it. I’ve been singing for a long time, so by now I think they are used to it. And as long as I am conservative and properly dressed, its fine with them. They won’t want reports from members of their church saying we saw your daughter on television and she was scantily dressed (laughs). And even when they try to complain about my outfits, I just show them a picture of Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj and I’ll be like mum, ‘am not that bad, see what these people are wearing’.
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Chocolate City opened a branch in Kenya last year and that’s where she signed, but because the mother branch is here in Nigeria, and because of the type of music she does, it is necessary for her to be in Nigeria. So, she end up going back and forth. But back in Kenya, She will say that when she came into the Kenyan music industry with her songs and music videos, they hadn’t seen anything like it. But here in Nigeria, there are a lot of female musicians. So, it’s not new here and that hasn’t happened in Kenya yet. She think she is probably the first person to come back from the states with a brand new kind of hip hop music. “We are just in the process of creating an industry for ourselves in Kenya, but to be honest, I think it was like a big shock for a lot of people when I came back to Kenya with that video because we didn’t have those types of videos in Kenya.” SHE SAYS.
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Since then, she has been back and forth between LA, ATL, NY and London working with top artists and producers, perfecting and developing her musical and visual craft as well as writing for all sorts of signed artists around the world. In 2009, she joined a duo called Club Embassy and signed to Los Angeles Laker Ron Artest, released a mixtape called Diplomatic Immunity hosted by 50 cent’s DJ Whoo Kid, it got over 250,000 downloads and created a lot of Industry buzz.
In mid 2010, the duo split and began working on solo projects.Victoria has collaborated with Ron Browz, Maino, Jadakiss, DJ green Lantern, Busta Rhymes, Mario Winans, Cassie, Lloyd, A.I (Japanese superstar), Chris Brown, Diggy Simmons, Timati (Russian superstar) , Timbaland, White Nerd, Andy Chatterly, Pete “Boxta” Martin, Devyne Stevens, Konvict Music, Space Cowboy, Dawaun Parker, Diane Warren, Bamboo, Kimya, and countless other producers and artists worldwide. Victoria is now working on her debut album.
Kenyan singer, Victoria Kimani caught the attention of Chocolate City executives after her remake of Ice Prince’s “Oleku”. The Nigerian record label was on the verge of opening a branch in Kenya when she caught its attention and Kimani became the first act to be signed in 2012 on to Chocolate City Kenya. This sexy diva has just released her new mix tape tilted “Queen Victoria” with collabos from various top Nigerian artistes. She is garnering a very huge buzz online and on radio stations.
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Her first Single and music video since signing to Africa’s most prestigious and cross over record labels, Chocolate City was called “M’TOTO” and it is tearing up airwaves and clubs across Africa and the UK. Her Second single and music video “Oya” feat. MI was the first Kenyan video to be premiered on VEVO. She was Nominated for two Channel O Awards for both singles and Performed on Africa’s Largest Live Award show as well. Victoria has released her Mixtape “Queen Victoria ”
And has recently been involved in the ONE Do Agric Campaign, as an Ambassador for Agriculture in Africa, collaborating with 20 other Artists on the continent, including Dbanj, Femi Kuti, Diamond and Fally Ipupa to name a few. Victoria’s Latest release is her directorial Music Video debut “WHOA” ( East African Remix) feat. Tanzania’s Hip Hop Legend, AY & Kenya’s Big Brother finalist PREZZO. Currently, Victoria is on an East African Tour in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
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Victoria Kimani was born on 28th July 1985
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Victoria Kimani is rumored to have dated Victor Wanyama which she later debunked
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