Kim Carnie commands the stage with unmistakable charm, her inherent expression holding the attention of anyone in her presence. Her intricate vocals are infused with intriguing vulnerability and delivered with the sincerity of someone well beyond her years. Kim is the incarnation of emotion - she speaks to you through lyrics that challenge the mind and with a voice that comforts the soul.
Kim’s solo career began in 2017 which saw the release of her debut EP In Her Company: a tasteful collection of traditional Gaelic and self-penned songs with accompaniment from some of the ﬁnest musicians on the Scottish music scene. The recording was produced by Euan Burton and was well received by radio stations, audiences and reviewers alike: fRoots Magazine comparing her voice to that of the late Eva Cassidy and the tracks accumulating regular airplay on BBC Radio 2.
Since then, Carnie, with her ‘velvet voiced authority’ (The Scotsman) has become a regular session vocalist, working with producers Jim Sutherland, Ged Grimes and Donald Shaw. She is featured on Netﬂix’s Outlaw King (2018) and the computer game soundtrack for Black Mirror (2017), as well as The Bard’s Tale (2019), alongside Deacon Blue’s Gregor Phillips. Kim has recently been involved with writing the soundtrack for another production with one of Europe’s leading computer games companies.
Kim has performed extensively across the UK, having made appearances at Cambridge, Orkney and Sidmouth folk festivals as well as Celtic Connections, where, in 2018, she performed a televised concert, celebrating the ‘crème de la crème of Contemporary Gaelic singers,’ highlighting Carnie’s effortless ability to deliver a poignant vocal in a performance elevated only by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. No stranger to the screen, Kim is also a TV presenter in high demand and the host of Na Trads, Scotland’s Traditional Music Awards.
With recent tours taking in venues and festivals throughout mainland Europe and Scandinavia, 2020 looks to be a momentous year for the singer who has new horizons in view. Joining Mànran as part of their permanent line-up, Kim will embark on large-scale tours across China, Europe and the US. 2020 will also bring the release of Kim’s highly anticipated debut album.
Breathing ‘light and beauty into every note,’ Kim Carnie is most certainly ‘a voice to watch out for’ (The Living Tradition).