Kimberly Gomes

I was born and raised, and continue living, in Elizabeth, New Jersey. My father is from the mainland of Portugal and my mother was born in Terceira, Açores. Being Luso-Americana I have always been involved and surrounded by the Portuguese community and culture. 

I have been singing since I was about 8 years old and have been entered in numerous contests around the state of New Jersey throughout my childhood. Music has always been a great part of my life. The question I get asked most when I travel for Fado Nights is "Since you are American and born in the US, what brought you to begin singing Fado?" My answer if always the same one. "I stumbled upon Fado, it was a mistake but now it has become my life and my reality." I knew of the genre growing up but never really attempted to sing or learn it. 

At 17 years old,  I browsed through youtube and came across "Loucura" by Mariza. It all stopped right then and there. Her words, the emotion that spilled from the guitars and her expression drew me in so deeply that I could never go back to singing anything else but Fado. "Loucura" was the first Fado I learned and until today I sing it with such pride and passion because it was the song that changed my life forever.  

I began singing at events and Fado Nights around my community and got in touch with a local Fadista, Nathalie Pires, who has become such a great friend and mentor of mine. Nathalie gave me the opportunity to begin singing in front of my first audiences and taught me everything she knew. I would not be where I am if it wasn't for her. From there on out, I have had the opportunity to sing on stages in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts. I am really excited for what the future awaits and thank you for giving me the opportunity to have me on your stage in Philadelphia!