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Kim Wilde biography

Kim Wilde was born in Chiswick, West London on November 18th, 1960 under the starsign of Scorpio. She moved with her family to Hertfordshire at the age of 9 where she was educated at Presdales School, Ware, before completing a foundation course at St Albans College of Art & Design in 1980. Kim was signed to Mickie Most’s RAK Records in 1980 and released her first single Kids in America in January 1981.
The debut album ‘Kim Wilde’ followed later that year and spawned a further two hits, ‘Chequered love’ and ‘Water on glass’. Kim recorded a total of three albums for RAK Records before signing to MCA Records in the summer of 1984.
Seven subsequent albums for MCA Records have included international hits such as ‘Another Step (closer to you)’, ‘You came’, ‘Never trust a stranger’, ‘Four letter word’, ‘If I can’t have you’ and a remake of the Supremes classic ‘You keep me hangin’ on’ – Kim’s first USA Number 1 single in 1987 – all of which have contributed to total worldwide album and single sales in excess of 7 million and 12 million respectively. This same period corresponded with Kim’s development as a songwriter having written or co-written the majority of the MCA LP’s including many of the above hit singles.
Kim received the Best Female Vocalist Award from the British Phonographic Industry in the United Kingdom in 1983 and has subsequently received two further nominations in this category. Also, she has received numerous silver, gold and platinum records from all over the world.
Between 1982 and 1994, Kim undertook five solo tours and has performed as opening act for Michael Jackson in 1988 and for David Bowie in 1990.
Adding a new dimension to this highly successful career, Kim appeared in the English production of the musical Tommy from February 1996 to February 1997.
On September 1st, 1996, Kim got married to Hal Fowler. On January 3rd, 1998 she gave birth to her first child, Harry Tristan. Two years later, Rose Elisabeth was born.
Having followed a horticultural course at the prestigious Capel Manor college, Kim was spotted by ITV talent hunters. In 1999, Kim recorded a series of programmes entitled ‘Better Gardens’, functioning as garden designer. Subsequently, she starred as one of the garden designers on BBC Television’s ‘Garden Invaders’ and wrote gardening columns for The Guardian, Prima magazine, Healthy magazine and Period House magazine. In 2005, Kim published her first book entitled ‘Gardening with children’. A year later, ‘The first-time gardener’ followed. When she participated in the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show, her ‘Cumbrian Fellside Garden’ won a gold medal, ‘best in show’ and the BBC’s People’s Award.
Meanwhile, Kim was returning to music as well. On January 13th, 2001 she was singing live again for the first time in four years, as a guest star in a live show by Fabba. This prompted a return to the music stage in November of that year, during the first Here & Now tour, in which seven acts from the 1980’s provided a full length live show. During the three following years, Kim would successfully repeat this tour in December, as well as live dates during the summer on the European continent.
Meanwhile, a new track on 2001’s compilation album ‘The very best of Kim Wilde’ entitled ‘Loved’ was released as a single and became a top 10 hit in Belgium. In 2003, more European success followed when Kim recorded a duet with German singer Nena, ‘Anyplace, anywhere, anytime’, a number one hit in Austria and the Netherlands, and top 10 in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland.
This experience prompted Kim to record a whole new album. ‘Never say never’ was released by EMI Germany in 2006 and after encouraging sales figures, Kim went on the biggest solo tour of her musical career in 2007. She played over 40 live concerts on the European continent and, for the first time ever, in Russia. Touring went on in 2008 and 2009 with many festival dates and a spring tour in 2009.
In 2010, Kim Wilde will release her eleventh studio album after having signed a worldwide recording deal with Starwatch.


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2 Responses

  1. JP.M says:

    Hey, she’s really wonderful!!!!
    I love Kim since 1981 and my fanblog is onny for her
    JPM from France…

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