KIMBERLEY LOCKE first gained fame with her participation in the 2003 American Idol Television series where she was second runner up. Recent years saw the release of her EP, "Four For The Floor" which features the top 40 Dance hit single "Finally Free." Her latest single "Feel The Love" a collaboration with Cahill, hit #1 on the UK Pop & Dance charts.
Immediately following “American Idol,” Locke was signed to Curb Records where she enjoyed a very successful career as a recording artist, having released 3 full length albums with the label. Among her many achievements, she has had eight Top 20 Adult Contemporary hits and four #1 Dance hits across various Billboard charts. Her #1 club hit, a remake of the Freda Payne classic "Band of Gold,” was included on Billboard's "Top 50 Dance Songs of the Decade" list. She has also made history as being the only recording artist to score a #1 Christmas song on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart three years in a row.
For the past seven years, Locke has been actively involved with One Heartland, a national non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of children and their families impacted by HIV/AIDS, where she serves as one of the organization’s board of directors. She has also worked with several other HIV/AIDS related charities, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, YouthAIDS, Nashville CARES, and the Davy Foundation. In 2007, Locke was presented with the Red Ribbon Award in recognition for her extensive charitable efforts as an HIV/AIDS activist.
Locke didn’t stop with just her music career from the years since “Idol.” She has been a staple in the entertainment industry, having signed a modeling contract with Ford Models, where she landed a two-year deal with clothing retailer Lane Bryant and became the face of their national Seven7 Jeans Designer Collection campaign. She went on to appear in VH1’S “Celebrity Fit Club” where she lost 40 lbs. and became a national spokesperson for Jenny Craig. She maintains a healthy and fit lifestyle and, through her motivational speaking engagements, inspires women across the country with their weight loss and sense of empowerment. Earlier this year, Locke was the key speaker at the Dutchess-Ulster Go Red for Women for the American Heart Association.
Nashville native Locke received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Management from Belmont University. Kicking her business aspirations into high gear, she founded her own entertainment company in early 2011 called I AM Entertainment. This new endeavour allows her to not only take full control over her own career but to aid other artists in the development of their brands and products.
In addition to various tour dates and performances, Locke has branched out as a television personality oftentimes hosting Red Carpet events for “E!,” “American Idol®,” “Extra,” and “The Insider.” Kimberley can currently be seen as an expert judge on NBCUniversal’s “Next Great Family Band.” She has also hosted ABC’s “Windy City Live”, Hallmark’s “The Better Show," GSN’s “Word Slam,” MTV’s “Little Talent Show,” GMC’s “Gospel Dream,” and co-hosted several episodes of ABC’s “The View."
Locke has also begun building a reputation as an actress in recent years, as the starring role in the short film “The Therapy Sessions” and can be seen in the role of Crystal Blue in the upcoming Sci-Fi Thriller “The App”, currently set for a summer 2015 release.