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Sycamore Street

by Kimberlye Gold

Soulful, funky acoustic-based pop/rock with lyrics that crawl into your brain and melodies that seep into your heart, sung by an angel w/ an edge.
Genre: Pop: Today's Top 40
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sycamore Street
4:39 $0.99
2. Nothin' I Don't Already Know
3:44 $0.99
3. A Place In Your Heart
4:19 $0.99
4. Till We Meet Again
3:44 $0.99
5. The Hardest Part
3:58 $0.99
6. What Are We Runnin' From Now
4:33 $0.99
7. Rope Of Faith
5:31 $0.99
8. ROPE OF FAITH (instrumental)
5:28 $0.99
9. What's In A Name
2:37 $0.99
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Biography and Career Overview

"Really great!A true singer."

- Paul Rodgers - Bad Company,Queen

San Francisco native singer/songwriter Kimberlye Gold has been pursuing her dream and perfecting her craft since birth (her mother had her birth announcement printed as a theater ticket, "It's A Girl"). Beginning with the award-winning San Francisco rock 'n roll musical comedy, Breakfast In Marin, starring as "Sunny" when she was a teenager, she is no stranger to the stages and recording studios of San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and London. Kimberlye has written/recorded and/or performed music with songwriters as diverse as Frank Wildhorn (Jeckyl & Hyde), Trevor Gale ("Running To You" - Vanessa Williams), Kostas ("I Can Love You Better Than That" - Dixie Chicks), John Bettis ("Top Of The World" - The Carpenters, "One Moment In Time" - Whitney Houston, "Crazy For You" - Madonna) Michael Garvin ("Waiting For Tonight" - Jennifer Lopez), Billy Lee ("The One" - Gary Allan), and Holly Lamar ("Breathe" - Faith Hill). Kimberlye and Holly co-wrote "Don't Maybe Me", a cut on Atlantic Records recording artist Mila Mason's CD, The Strong One.

Kimberlye’s song, “I Ain’t Tammy”, co-written with Jack Williams, received an Honorable Mention award for the 14th Annual Billboard Magazine World Songwriting Contest for 2007, placing in the top finals. “Show Me”, co-written with David Vaughn, won Best Song in the West Coast Songwriters North Bay Area Open Mic Competition in 2006. Her song, “Sycamore Street”, co-written with Johnny Douglas won the same award for the 2007 competition and was just judged "North Bay Area Song Of The Year” by a panel of music industry pros.

Kimberlye has also created work in films and television.“The Sound of Your Voice” (co-written with Ralph Friedrichsen), “Ready To Let You In” (co-written with Brenda Warren) and “Beyond The Night” (co-written with Stan Bush, Kevin Dukes and Joey Sykes) were recently featuredon the ABC Daytime drama All My Children. “Sycamore Street”, co-written with Johnny Douglas, was featured in the independent film 9:04a.m., which recently won top honors at the West Palm Beach Film Festival for Best Independent Film. "One More Reason", (co-written with David Gregoli) was featured in the film A Time To Die (w/ Richard Roundtree, Jeff Conaway and Traci Lords). Her song, "Countdown To Love" (co-written with Paul Sabu), was included in the TV movie, Secrets between Friends on NBC & Lifetime. Kimberlye performed the theme song for the Bikini Open, co-written with Mark & Steve Collins, on pay-per-view TV and international syndication.

Kimberlye’s songs can be heard on many radio stations both here and abroad, most recently featured on and

Kimberlye's latest release, Sycamore Street, is a blend of funky pop and acoustic ballads. Veteran NY jazz singer Rosemary Conte calls Kimberlye "an angel with an edge". Kimberlye's song "Rope Of Faith" ("I need a miracle and so I pray/You tell me just believe"), is a haunting ballad inspired by an encouraging phone call and subsequent meeting with Irish actor Gabriel Bryne, after he heard her music. She recorded these Celtic versions as a tribute to his support and kindness. "Rope of Faith" was also the song she sang at her dad's memorial service. "It was one of his favorites," she says. Other songs such as "The Hardest Part", ("Now I imagine stone where I once touched your heart") and the hypnotic title track "Sycamore Street" ("Can't be who I was before/can't go back there anymore"), have critics and music fans singing her praises. Peter Cooper, music critic for The Tennessean, writes, "Her voice is the most striking element, I think; full and pretty, yet distinctive. The songwriting is really good, as well." Ben Fong-Torres, author/journalist & former senior editor of Rolling Stone states, "Kimberlye has a way with words and music. Her songs are based as much on heart and soul as they are on rock & roll, folk, country and the blues. Her voice, pretty, strong and rocking, is equally adept at covering all those musical bases and more. I love meeting Kimberlye on Sycamore Street". Steve Massam/BBC Radio, notes "Kimberlye is a breath of fresh air; she sings from the heart with true feeling and passion. She can rock, yet has a quality in her voice that easily compares with Emmylou Harris or Allison Krauss." The late Ian Copeland, former booking agent for F.B.I. (The Police, Blondie, the Go Gos), author and owner of the Backstage Café in Beverly Hills, raves, "Absolutely brilliant. Her voice, and especially the lyrical content are just fantastic. She has an open invitation to play the Backstage."

Kimberlye performs at many charity and benefit events for local school music programs and seniors. She has a regular spot at Pacifica Nursing and Rehab, where the residents know all the words to her songs as if they were standards. "I am the 'Madonna' of the Rehab," she jokes.

When she's not performing at venues such as Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles, The Bitter End in New York City, The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and 12 Bar in London, (where her last performance is still available on their website), Kimberlye is a music critic and writer of the hilarious column, "Almost Famous: My Adventures as a SF Entertainment Journalist" for the San Francisco Herald, which won "Best Neighborhood Newspaper" in SF Weekly's "Best of 2001" issue. She is also a freelance writer for various publications across the country including the San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, Time Out New York, Gig Magazine, The Tennessean, The Dallas Observer, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, and a regular contributor on To read Kimberlye's articles, log onto or enter her name in any search engine.

Most recently, Kimberlye was a co-writer, producer, and background vocalist on English country artist Valerie Jay's sophomore CD, "Pacific Time" at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco.

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Kimberlye Gold/Voodoo Lounge, San Francisco

There are things that all of us look for when meeting someone for the first time. We want someone who can help us feel comfortable; someone we will be able to easily talk with on multiple levels. Approaching Kimberlye Gold's show at the Voodoo Lounge was the same way; it was a conversation-from initial exchanges to the connection, which is the crux of such moments. Wearing pants with what appeared to be the face of a tiger on the leg, she fronted a group of five capable players with subtle dexterity. The opening banter was light enough to keep us comfortable, yet direct enough to keep us interested.

They rolled into the opener, "What Are We Running From Now", building up a strong intensity as the collaborative got into the groove. The conversation was rambling at this point, intimate enough to be candorous. This tone sauntered into the teasing flirtation of "Just a Guy," a playful romp about the short-lived relationships to be had with the titular character. At this point, we are tipping glasses; we are making references to earlier stages in the evening, when everyone was tentative. Kimberlye can laughingly notify us that gears are going to shift, because it is the nature of the conversation, things may get a little "schmaltzy," and we smile knowingly as the band moves on. "Here for You" and "Silver Lining," develop a sentimentality that is dense without being saccharine; lyrically both wear the truth of movements, through skybreaks and streetsigns. There was a sense of rising to a plateau, of taking a breath, of each player finding the others moods.

Upon the precipice of "'Till We Meet Again," the band realized its fullest sound. And as that sound flowed and folded, the set collapsed into a seizure at the drop of the teasing line, "was that good for you?" The word "unit" was tarried about from stage into audience and back again. I was not far from the stage, but I could never convince myself that there wasn't an auxiliary percussionist helping drummer Wade Olsen. After inquiring, I was assured that he was all alone back there.

The second half of the set showcased vocal harmonies with the crispness of heartbreak, shared between Kimberlye and her harp player Richie B. on the ballad "The Hardest Part". "Sometimes That's All it Takes" carried a beautiful longing in it, which with such soulful delivery was kept from becoming desperate, an often too easy route for a vocalist. We've heard the stories, we've exchanged glances, we know each other just a little bit, and that's why we left the house in the first place. With this tightly bound camaraderie, the band rocked into "Nothin' I Don't Already Know" a cutting track with a rambunctious attitude that might need a disclaimer. The band showed their breadth of range hitting this song in perfect stride. As the song's title repeats, there is a bitter confidence that verges on fervent. Guitarist Mike Sugar deepened the swagger with blues twists.

Pulling out of the rocker, the band strolled right into "Sycamore Street," the title of Kimberlye Gold's album, a beautiful song of dislocation. Drinks are finished up, you've filled in blanks on new people, the conversation has rolled by, and you hardly had any idea what time it was. You'll find yourself remembering how easy it was to just sit there and talk, to sit and listen. By the closing cover of Gladys Knight's, "Use My Imagination," we had seen this band show what conversation is possible when weaving blues, rock, folk and soul into a fine blend. Kimberlye Gold's voice maintains this sense of variety and range, driving songs with soulful flourishes as well as the hushed calm of softer offerings.

--Lyle Brooks

Kimberlye Gold at Marin Services for Women
Bread & Roses

Host: Christine Wright
Date: November 30, 2006

This was Kimberlye's first performance as a Bread & Roses volunteer
and it
was a wonderful introduction. Having Kimberlye perform for this
audience was
just right. The women could really relate to her and her music.

It was family night at MSW so we had a nice size audience of men,
and children. Kimberlye started off by talking about herself and her
and letting the audience know all the types of music she had prepared
the evening and she let them decide what kind of music they would like
hear. She had many songs of her own as well as cover tunes and some
Christmas carols. They chose to have her do some of her own songs first
they were fantastic. Kimberlye ended up doing mostly her own songs that
had written and she told the story of each one and how it came to be.
stories were very touching and made the music that much more

Everyone in the room hung on each word that Kimberlye spoke and sang
so many of the women came up to her afterward to say how much they
the music and how much it meant to them to have her there. This was a
show and the performer was perfect for the audience. I think Kimberlye
is a
wonderful addition to the Bread & Roses family of musicians.

Quite a few of the women and families came to Kimberlye after the
show to
express their appreciation of her music. The contact person there, Lily
over and over how much it meant to the women to be able to have some
time to
just relax and enjoy the music for a little while.

___Kimberlye Gold at Cal Pacific Medical Hospital
Bread & Roses
Date: May 17, 2007
Host: Lynn Davis

This was a very engaging performance by guitarist and original song writer Kimberlye Gold. As she tuned her guitar, Kimberlye introduced herself to the dozen men and women who sat in the activities room at the mental health facility of Califormia Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Throughout her performance, she tailored her songs to her audience, often calling to members by name and engaging them in conversation. She modified one of her songs to incude names from the audience. That produced large smiles and laughs. Laughs and smiles rippled softly throughout the room all through her performance. When she didn't know a tune someone requeested, she easily found another that was a close match. She was very appreciative of being able to bring music to her audience. Kimberley mixed her tunes with many that the audience could sing with her.

The room was filled--about a dozen, in a very ethnic mix: Hispanic, Asian, Black, and caucasian. This is an older population, very eager to hear the pop tunes of the 60's and 70's. Kimberlye obliged.

It was one of the most engaged audience-performer shows recently at the center.



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Request "Sycamore Street" and "Till We Meet Again"!

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George Nassar

Sycamore Street CD is totally awesome. I am from Louisiana and heard Kimberlye while visiting San Francisco. She has the voice of an angel and sings with such love of her music,it is a pleasure to hear her sing! Please continue to follow your dream! :)

Ben Fong-Torres

Pure Gold
The other CD babies are right; this should be on radio, especially the title track and "Rope of Faith." Where's she been hiding? Actually, she's been out at Bay Area clubs, singing and playing her ass off, working and waiting for a break. You don't have to wait. As I used to bark when I was a Chinese waiter, "ORDER NOW!"

Lee - in Brisbane

A joy to listen to!
This CD is a polished work by a talented songwriter with an excellent voice, backed by outstanding musicians and put together as a high-grade production. It's a very enjoyable recording, and it leaves me wanting to hear more.

After listening to it several times I'm finding it really strange that Ms Gold hasn't become a widely recognized star. I hope she'll be releasing another recording for us to enjoy as much as I appreciated this one.

Mark T.

Stop In Your Tracks
Kimberlye Gold's Sycamore Street. The combination of Ms. Gold's voice and the melody will touch your heart and make you want more. What can I say about this woman's voice, her voice is one that will make you stop in your tracks. People I am here to tell you it is true because as I was playing the title track, two hot girls came and asked. Who is that? Hey where else are you going to get a GREAT voice and a potential date, all from one CD.

J. Edmonde Olsen, Chief Engineer, SHN Theatres San Francisco

Great! But I've known that for 30 years!
Good Job Kid!


An Angel with a Sultry Voice that goes from Folk to Rock N Roll
Kimberlye is one moment in her sultry voice telling a sad story. The next song jump starts you to some good ole rock and roll. Another song leads you down to feeling the blues. She does this all with lyrics you can reach out and touch your heart. One song makes you want to get down and shake your booty. The next song makes you want to sit, lights dim and feel her voice and hear her story. She is a little bit Folk, bit celtic influences in rope of faith song, little bit blues, tad jazz, then good ole fashion rock n roll. She is all that and more!


The road has been travelled and it shows!
Kimberleyes performing venues have taken her from the hallowed music centers of the United States to clubs in London. Her vast experience and finely honed style are culminated in Sycamore Street, a cutting collection of pop, ballads and solid rock. Her writing style is as unique as her voice - and it shows on every track of this remarkable album.

Rich Bell

sycamour st
Just Great
Kimberlye shows great varity in style and range.And rope of Faith blew me away


Yet another San Francisco gem
Thoughtful, personal, heartfelt, eclectic - true music prevails with well chosen beats, chord progressions and lyrics worth listening to - from a voice worth hearing.

Carmen Henesy

Absolutely spectacular
Kymberlye Gold's Sycamore Street is long overdue! Every song on this CD is special, and reflects her talent as a songwiter and musician. I am so glad to have her back in the Bay area after her absence in Nashville. Kymberlye is a treasure!
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