Singer · Co-Songwriter · Author · Business Woman Former Bad Boy Artist of the R&B group Total
Born in New Brunswick and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, Kima grew up in a tight-knit family. Kima attributes much of her success to her mother, who is still her inspiration even after she passed away in 2008. Kima grew up around music and enjoyed singing in the church choir but never saw music as a career choice for herself. That changed when Kima was a teenager ..
Keisha, who I knew in high school, heard me singing in the car and asked me if I wanted to start a group.” Their first manager, Norman Bradley, introduced Kima and Keisha to Pam, and Total was born. Total sang for Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs late one night while he was in the studio with Jodeci. The rest is history. Total would go on to debut on Biggie’s “Juicy,” “One More Chance,” and record “Can’t You See” for the New Jersey Drive soundtrack before launching their first solo project in 1996, Total, which was certified platinum by the RIAA. Total went on to be featured on several albums and released a second solo album, Kima, Keisha, and Pam, which was released in 1998 and certified gold. The group enjoyed immense success, including several platinum singles and working with talented producers like Missy Elliot and Raphael Saadiq. They were nominated for several awards and featured in countless publications before going their separate ways. Life after Total was quiet for Kima. She got married, had children, and worked as an entrepreneur for 14 years. In 2016, Total reunited for the Bad Boy reunion tour. “
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