In the Round: Kimbra and Angelina Valente

Friday, April 19, 2024

In the Round Series in partnership with WEXT is back at UPH. Our mission for this series is to uplift and highlight the work of various singer/songwriting artists on the rise to stardom!

New Zealand-born pop star Kimbra is a musical force innovating the shape of pop today as a songwriter, musician, producer, and adventurous performer.  Kimbra’s 2011 debut, Vows, bowed at No. 14 on the Billboard Top 200 and was certified platinum in Australia and New Zealand.  Kimbra exploded into the public consciousness that same year with “Somebody That I Used To Know,” a duet with Gotye that earned her two Grammy Awards for “Record of the Year” and “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.” The song topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in 2012 and was the best-selling song of that year in the U.S. It has sold more than 13 million copies.  In 2014 she released the highly acclaimed album, The Golden Echo, recruiting artists as diverse as Thundercat, Omar-Rodriguez Lopez of The Mars Volta, Bilal, and John Legend to highlight her eclectic musical style.


“Authentic & sincere”

Angelina Valente is an indie folk singer-songwriter out of Upstate New York.   Her uninhibited voice draws a room of people right to her and her sincere lyrics keep them there. Angelina grew up in a small town developing a deep love for nature and quiet, both of which feed and inspire her and her music.

In the 5 years since she began performing, Angelina is now selling out shows in the Capitol Region. She has released one full length album, two EP’s and three singles since 2019. She has recorded at the esteemed Village Studios in L.A., as well as the Atlantic Records Studio in New York City. She has also been nominated for the 2023 Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year, and Artist of the Year for the New York Capitol Region.