Iconic pop singer Kim Wilde is has announced her first new album in the UK for over a decade alongside her first solo live dates since 1986. The album ‘Wilde Winter Songbook’ is released on 2nd December via Wildeflower Records. ‘Wilde Winter Songbook’ is part original songs / part classic Yuletide tunes with Kim’s own unique style stamped firmly upon them. The album features several duets including ‘Winter Wonderland’ with Rick Astley, a new version of ‘Rocking Around The Christmas Tree’ (previously sung with Mel Smith) now with Nik Kershaw, ‘Burn Gold’ with her husband, actor Hal Fowler, and ‘White Winter Hymnal’ alongside father Marty Wilde and brother Ricky.
Live, Kim brings her Christmas Party, with special guest Nik Kershaw, to three dates this December, including London’s 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on Saturday 21st December.
Kim Wilde was born in Chiswick, West London to legendary 1950’s British Rock’n’Roll singer, Marty Wilde, and his wife Joyce – a member of the singing group, The Vernons Girls. Her first single release, ‘Kids In America’ in 1981, was a worldwide hit paving the way for a recording career which yielded ten albums and in excess of thirty singles, bringing success in every major record market and sales of 10 million and 20 million respectively.
Single successes included ‘Chequered Love’, ‘Water On Glass’, ‘Cambodia’, ‘View From A Bridge’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ – a worldwide success and a number one in the USA – ‘Another Step (Closer To You)’ (a duet with Junior Giscombe), ‘You Came’, ‘Never Trust A Stranger’ and ‘Four Letter Word’.
Kim Wilde – White Winter Hymnal (Official Video)
In 1983 Kim was voted Best British Female Singer at the BPI Awards, while “live” highlights include performing to over 2 million people on a five month European stadium tour with Michael Jackson in 1988, and supporting David Bowie across Europe on his 1990 Greatest Hits Tour.
After a huge hit duet single with the German vocalist, Nena, in 2003 Kim was persuaded to make a new solo album and, having signed to EMI Germany in 2005 she enjoyed a Top 20 Album (‘Never Say Never’) and single (‘You Came 2006’) in the summer of 2006. In 2007 she took this project “on the road”, performing over 50 live concerts – including two solo tours – with dates in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Holland and Denmark and numerous Festival appearances across Europe. In December 2008 Kim appeared alongside Robin Gibb, Tears For Fears and 10cc – with a 40-piece orchestra and the Angels of Harlem Gospel Choir – in 20 arena shows for the annual ‘Night Of The Proms’ tour in Germany,, and she completed solo European Tours in 2009 & 2011. Also in 2011 Kim also performed as special guest of Status Quo of their ‘Quofestive’ arena tour. 2014 will see Kim perform alongside the legendary Alice Cooper in ‘Rock Meets Classic’ across Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
In September 2008 Kim was signed up by the UK’s number one London commercial radio station, Magic 105.4; over five years later she still presents a weekly show, “Secret Songs” every Sunday from 10am-2pm.
This year sees Kim’s ‘Close’ album celebrating its 25th birthday with the album re-released and re-packaged with a collectors bonus edition on Universal Records.
1. Winter Wonderland (Duet with Rick Astley)
4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
5. Winter Song
6. New Life*
7. White Winter Hymnal (featuring Marty Wilde & Ricky Wilde)
8. Burn Gold*
9. Song For Beryl*
10. Let It Snow
11. Hey Mister Snowman*
12. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (Duet with Nik Kershaw)
Kim Wilde’s Christmas Party – O2 Academy Bristol – Wednesday 18th December