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The Artist, The Coach, and The Cook in Kimberley Locke that took her from second runner up in the Season 2 of American Idol to building her own entertainment company is sexy beautiful, sweetly kind, ultra-ambitious, and blessedly motivated. This interview takes you from the life-changing path of American Idol as a springboard to her lovely life that has brought her bliss and in wanting to share the “how-to’s” of obtaining your own bliss with others. Absolutely LOVED this interview and know you will to. Relax and enjoy, Kimberley Locke!
KIMBERLEY LOCKE gained her initial fame with her participation in the 2003 American Idol® television series where she was second runner up.
Immediately following “American Idol,” Locke was signed to Curb Records where she enjoyed a very successful career as a recording artist, having had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits and four #1 Dance hits across various Billboard charts. She has also made history as being the only recording artist to score a #1 Christmas song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart three years in a row. Her #1 remake of the Freda Payne classic “Band of Gold,” was included on Billboard’s “Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade” list. In 2010 she released her dance single “Strobelight,” a collaboration with “Idol” judge and producer Randy Jackson’s Dream Merchant 21 label and INgrooves. “Strobelight” hit Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Chart several times upon its release.
Locke didn’t stop with just her music career from the years since “Idol.” She has been a staple in the entertainment industry having signed a modeling contract with Ford Models wherein she landed a two-year deal with clothing retailer Lane Bryant and became the face of their national Seven7 Jeans Designer Collection campaign. She went on to appear in VH1’S “Celebrity Fit Club” where she lost 40 lbs. and became a national spokesperson for Jenny Craig. She maintains a healthy and fit lifestyle and inspires women across the country with their weight loss and sense of empowerment.
As a Nashville native Locke received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management from Belmont University. Kicking her business aspirations into high gear, and as a true entrepreneur, in 2011 she founded I AM Entertainment, an entertainment company that focuses on Kimberley’s rising health and wellness career, thriving musical career, and vocal coaching career. Through I Am Entertainment, Kimberley acts as a consultant for aspiring artists, providing the help they need to navigate the music industry from a business and creative perspective for the development of their brands and products. This new endeavor also allows her to take full control over her own career as a musician and her cooking show on YouTube, “What’s Cooking With Kimberley,” for health and wellness tips & tutorials.
In addition to various tour dates and performances, Locke has branched out as a television personality oftentimes hosting Red Carpet events for “E!,” “American Idol®,” “Extra,” and “The Insider.” She has also hosted GSN’s “Word Slam,” MTV’s “Little Talent Show”, GMC’s “Gospel Dream” and co-hosted several episodes of ABC’s “The View”.
For most of the past decade, Locke has been actively involved with One Heartland, a national non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS. She has also worked with several other HIV/AIDS related charities, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, YouthAIDS, Nashville CARES, and the Davy Foundation. In 2007, Locke was presented with the Red Ribbon Award in recognition for her extensive charitable efforts as an HIV/AIDS activist.