MTV PUSH Artist Of The Week: Kimbra

Chances are you’ve heard Kimbra‘s voice once or twice before. Actually, if you’ve lived on planet Earth for the past year or so, you’ve probably heard her guest verse in fellow PUSH alum Gotye‘s “Somebody That I Used To Know” at least 100 times by now. But Kimbra’s been a solo musician in her native New Zealand since she was just a little girl. She debuted her first music video on the New Zealand children’s TV show “What Now,” and she sang the national anthem in front of 27,000 people when she was only 10 years old. In the years since (there’s only been 12 of them), she signed with new management and relocated to Australia. Kimbra’s first single, “Settle Down,” was released in late 2010 to critical acclaim, and of course you all know the aforementioned megahit “Somebody.” And here we are — Kimbra’s our PUSH artist of the week.

Get to know the girl from Down Under in our performance and interview videos. The “Warrior” singer sits down to discuss her unique take on fashion — “It’s important because it’s an extension of the sonic world” — and the intricate body paint she donned for the cover of her debut album, Vows. Speaking of body paint, Kimbra let us in on how long that Gotye “Somebody” video took to shoot, and how she’s probably had enough body paint experience for a while: “Then [after the Vows cover shoot] I went on to do a 12-hour shoot for the Gotye video, so I’ve had a lot of experience being naked with copious amounts of paint on my body.” Not sure anyone’s necessarily complaining about that.

Kimbra’s Vows is out now on Warner Bros.

+ Watch Kimbra’s “Settle Down” video below, and check out more performances and interviews after the jump.

Kimbra on fashion

Kimbra on body art and pop music

Kimbra on “Settle Down”

Kimbra, “Settle Down (Live)”

Kimbra, “Warrior (featuring Mark Foster and A-Trak)”