Scene and Heard on The Lying Game: Kari Kimmel's "Don't Give Up"

Kari's songs have been recorded by Ke$ha, The Backstreet Boys, Demi Lovato, and more! (Photo: Melissa Esterby)

Kari Kimmel grew up in Boca Raton, FL and now she’s carving out her slice of the music business in Los Angeles. Kari’s hit “Don’t Give Up” has been featured on The Lying Game, and as a songwriter, she’s worked with superstars including Ke$ha, Demi Lovato, Joe Jonas, and more! Can you say, ‘dream job’? Congrats on your new album! When will it be released?
Kari Kimmel: Thanks!! The new album is releasing to iTunes this coming Tuesday, Sept. 27th!

LG: Describe the vibe of Go; do you have a favorite song on the album?
KK: The vibe of the album is for the most part up and happy with songs, like “Go,” “I Like It” and “Any Better Than This.” But there are a couple songs that are much more solemn and talk about pretty intense subjects, like “Faded Lines,” which is about someone very close to you dying, and “All The Way To Fall,” which is about a child who is different and just wants their family to accept and love them.  My favorite song on the album keeps changing, but I think for now, it’s “All The Way To Fall” because of its honesty.

LG: Your music has been featured on The Lying Game and Pretty Little Liars. Do you watch either of those shows?
KK: Sadly, I don’t watch much TV.  But I’ve heard they’re both great shows!

LG: The Backstreet Boys, Ke$ha, Joe Jonas, and Demi Lovato have all recorded your songs. That’s amazing! Which songs did you write for each of them?
KK: The Backstreet Boys song is a long story…ya’ll would be here a long time for me to explain ;), but let me elaborate on the others. I co-wrote a song called “Paper Airplane” for Ke$ha. It didn’t make it onto her album, but it’s on YouTube and apparently tons of people have found it and love it, so that’s cool!  The song I co-wrote for Joe Jonas and Demi Lovato was a duet and it was featured on Sonny With A Chance; it’s called “Sing My Song For You.”  I think it’s pretty 🙂

LG: Did you get to work in the studio with any of them or meet them? If so, what was that experience like?
KK: I’ve met them all, but at events or dinners, not while they were recording.

LG: Who do you hope to work with next?
KK: I hope to one day work with Carole King or Elton John. They are true stars and legends.

LG: Your song “Don’t Give Up” was recently featured on The Lying Game. Has there ever been a time in your life when you “didn’t give up?”
KK: Every day 🙂

LG: Where did you grow up? What’s the best part about living in Los Angeles now?
KK: I grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. I love living in L.A. for now–it’s the best place for me to be to do what I love. But, I hope to one day (maybe when I’m old) live somewhere where it’s rainy and cloudy. I know, I’m weird, but I love that kind of weather!

LG: What were you like as a teen?
KK: I was pretty reserved and quiet.  I’m way more outgoing now, and now I probably talk too much! 🙂

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