Kimberley Locke



When Kimberley isn’t helping other artists to make their dreams come true, she’s creating and performing her own music.

Auditioning for the 2003 series of TV talent show American Idol® was a life-changing decision for Kimberley. She successfully passed the audition and became a firm fan favorite, eventually placing as second runner up and setting her on a new career path in the music industry. 

Kimberley signed to Curb Records immediately after her American Idol journey, where she became a very successful recording artist and released three full-length albums with the label. Among her many achievements she’s had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits and four #1 Dance hits across various Billboard charts. Her #1 club hit, a remake of the Freda Payne classic “Band of Gold,” was included on Billboard’s “Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade” list. She’s 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.  

In 2009, Kimberley parted ways with Curb Records and became the first artist to sign a deal with Randy Jackson’s record label, Dream Merchant 21 Entertainment. Two years later, she announced she was launching her own artist consulting company, I AM Entertainment, LLC. She released her first independent EP album, “Four for the Floor” through I AM Entertainment in July 2011, followed by a cover of “Silver Bells” four months later, and “Finally Free” the following year.

Most recently she was seen at the 2016 finale of American Idol, which was watched by around 13 million viewers. At the finale she sang her hugely successful 2004 single “8th World Wonder,” along with additional solo and group performances with other American Idol favorites.

Raise Your Hands (To The Sky)

Speaking Engagements


  • Steve Harvey: Girls Who Rule The World
  • Blue Shield of California:  Take Pride in Your Health
  • Disney Dreamers Academy
  • Soledad O’Brian:  PowHERful Foundation
  • The Mission of Nigeria to the UN:  Kechie’s Project

Other Public Appearances

Kimberley has appeared as a guest on the following shows:

  • The Tyra Banks Show
  • The View
  • The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Don’t Forget The Lyrics
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Celebrity Fit Club
  • Extra
  • The Mo’nique Show
  • Celebrity Ghost Stories
  • Disney Christmas Parade
  • 100 Greatest Country Songs
  • On Air With Ryan Seacrest
  • American Idol
  • Inside Edition
  • 20/20
  • Maury Povich

Hosting/reporting credits include:

  • The View
  • The Revolution
  • The Better Show
  • Extra
  • Entertainment Tonight
  • Radar Online