“American Idol” jumped the shark a good five years ago… no need to belabor what a self-conscious drab show it’s become. Long gone are the days of launching such true talents as Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Diana Degarmo, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Jordin Sparks, Ace Young, Katharine McPhee and Kellie Pickler.
And then there’s my beloved Kimberley Locke. She posted on Facebook Thursday that it’s been a decade since the release of her Curb Records’ smash hit “8th World Wonder.” I watched the video and 12 hours later, it remains lodged in my little pea brain, with the chorus playing over & again. The good ones stay withcha, right?
That was the first of many No. 1 songs for Kim, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Dance Chart (No. 19 at top 40 & No. 6 at AC), followed by top 10 AC “Change” and three chart-topping Christmas songs: “Up On the Rooftop,” “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
Last year, heavenly dance track “Feel the Love” (with Cahill) reached No. 1 on the U.K. Pop & Dance charts… while Kimberley continues to address groups globally & spread her positive message. I met Kim through dear pal Fred Bronson… and have connected numerous time in NYC and LA since… as well as the pleasure of reviewing her music numerous times as Billboard’s Single Reviews Editor. As you might imagine, Kim is all positive energy, funny (with an infectious laugh) and smart as shit, ever moving forward in her well-entrenched career. Eighth world wonder, indeed. *