It has been two year since Kym Hamilton, the artist formerly known as Gaza Kim, left the Gaza Empire.
Back with a new name, new attitude and new management KYM is determined more than ever to reap success. .
As a teenager the singer was discovered by Vybz Kartel, but she was no stranger to the public as she already had some success in televised talent Competitions in Jamaica like the famed Digicel Rising Stars, Tastees Talent Search and Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall. Before that she'd tasted local success winning medals as a member of her School Choir.
In 2008 KYM she was introduced to Kartel, where she was signed under his management as a member of the GAZA Empire and was given the name Gaza Kim. Kartel had no reservation in signing KYM, saying "Kim has the ability to go very very far in the music business".
KYM is known for songs such as 'Teenage Pregnancy', ' Amen', 'Bills' (also Ft: Lisa Hype), and a remake of Shabba Ranks' 'Twice My Age' with her then mentor, Kartel and 'I Love You' served to consolidate her promise as a hit maker.
Bounty Killer Alliance
While at a nightclub in Kingston KYM was approached Bounty Killer – an artist renowned for recognizing and nurturing young talent. KYM become an affiliate of Bounty Killer's Alliance organization and released tracks like 'Haffi Come Back', 'Bubble', 'When We're Apart', 'Whine Pon It', 'Hush and 'Got To Go Right Now'.
2011 was a great year for KYM as was nominated for the Best International Female Artist Award at the British Reggae Awards with two of her heroes – Tanya Stephens and Queen Ifrica.
KYM is currently signed to Dejavu Records and label own by Jermaine Black who has produced Beenie Man's Sign Up and Junior Reid's These Streets.
We know you as an Entertainer; tell us about the real Kym HamiltonI am a very jovial person, in my spare time i enjoy designing the weirdest things.
Ok I was a member of the Portmore Empire
and was given the name Gaza Kim, After I left the group in 2010 I decided to go
by my given name Kim Hamilton but I changed the "I" in Kim to
"Y'. Then when I started working with the Alliance the fans started
calling me Alliance Kym, but I’m the same person, so any name you call me I’ll
Many of your fans know you as “Gaza Kim” but you are now going by the names Kym
Hamilton and Alliance Kym. Can you clarify the names?
I've loved music from an early age, but
I made the leap in high school when I entered the high school choir. and everything just blossomed from there.
What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
I entered contest like, All together
sing with my high school choir, Digicel Rising Stars, magnum Kings and Queens
of Dancehall and Tastee talent search. It was fun entering these contests but
very nerve wrecking.
You have been in and won many competitions before you became famous. What were
some of those competitions and what was it like?
I gave his Girlfriend Shorty a copy of
my promotional CD he heard it and loved what he heard and decided to sign me to
his record label.
How did you get discovered by Vybz Kartel?
The biggest problems I’m
facing now is getting air play and letting the fans know that Kym Hamilton is
the same Gaza Kim.
You left “Gaza Empire” and you are now re-branding yourself what are your
Working with Bounty Killer and the
Alliance family is fun. They are very professional and its music all the time.
There is never a dull moment when you are at the studio with the alliance
You were working with Bounty Killer's Alliance, what was that like?
Where do you draw inspiration from when writing your own lyrics?I draw inspiration from situations I’ve been, family, the people around me and society in general the good and the bad.
Got to go right now, it was produced by
payday music of the Alliance on the luv mood
What is your favorite song that you have written?
Hip hop, pop, reggae and
What kind of music do you listen to?
Where would you most like to perform?
I just keep going, because sometimes you
make a mistake and it’s not noticed by the fans but if you stop to check
yourself that’s when a little mistake becomes a big deal
How do you handle mistakes during a performance?
Queen Ifrica and Tanya Stephens
What artist you are you dying to collaborate with?
Designing, I love fashion
If you weren't singing, what would you be doing?
Busy Signal, he is an inspiration to
young up coming artist and I
like that about him
Who is your favorite artist that you have had the opportunity to meet, and why?
I have a few riddims that I’m writing on
right now and promoting my latest video "The Groove" ft the St. Lucian Artist
What are you currently working on?
What advice do you have for a young and upcoming female?
Hard work and persistence is the key. Never give up and you'll succeed, because has a female we have to work twice as hard.
Where can your fans purchase your music?
They can visit my Reverbnation page www.reverbnation.com/kymhamilton or by visiting ITunes and search for Kym Hamilton.
I see myself travelling from all corner
of the earth to grace the nations with my music and being able to use my music
in all ways possible to help and create better situations for the less
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I will be doing Dancehall, Reggae and
some cross overs. I am changing the image but not the message so the music will
continue to inspire. I want to make music that everyone can relate to on one or
Moving forward and now being
signed to Dejavu Records what can the fans look forward to hearing from your new
Get connected to the right people. The
right connections can lead to success avoid quick or two minutes buss, because it's gonna be for a
minutes, find something that can last a life time.
What advice would you give an
aspiring artist that is just trying to get into the music industry?