Jay Allen Sanford 12:09 p.m., May 24
Sound description: Acoustic pop rock, often compared to Michelle Branch, with a voice similar to Jewel's.
RIYL: Michelle Branch, Jewel, Damien Rice, Patty Griffin, Fiona Apple, Lindsey Yung
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Current Status: Playing and touring.
Influences: Lindsey Yung, Radiohead, Dave Matthews, Jeff Buckley, Damien Rice, Jeremy Enigk/Sunny Day, Guster, Pinback, Coldplay, Michelle Branch, Ray Lamontagne, Death Cab for Cutie, John Mayer, David Ford, Patty Griffin, John Mayer, Ray Lamontagne, David Ford, Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith, Coldplay
"I moved to San Diego from Massachusetts in 2004 to pursue music," says acoustic soloist Kim DiVine, aka Kim DiVincenzo. "I had played around the Worcester, MA and surrounding areas for about a year after college. During that time, I also recorded my first CD, Here and In Between. That was how I felt at that time. Writing songs and performing was still so new to me, but I knew I wanted to do it on a bigger scale. I knew I has to make a big change to get out of being 'in between.'"
After arriving in SD, "I started playing out just about everyplace you can think of and started to really hone my craft as a songwriter and get my name around town." In 2006, she released the six-song EP Hummingbird, produced by Keith Orfanides, of local Light of Day Studios."
Regarding her favorite guitar, she says "I currently play a Martin 000C16 acoustic. It is surely my baby. When I travel or just when I want to grab the guitar and go to the beach or something I play my 'little Martin,' which is similar to a baby Taylor. The sound that you get out of that thing is incredible. I am going to add a pickup to mine so I can play it out live sometimes. It is so small that it actually feels like the correct size for me. I also have a Samick Les Paul electric (Greg Bennett Design). I love this guitar, and once I have my band put together I will play it out more. I have been through two other guitars as well.
"My first guitar was actually an antique that at the time I had no real appreciation for because I was just learning. It was my mother's Martin 1963 classical. She told me I could try it out and see if I like playing before I got my own. I fell in love right away, even though now I cringe at the fact that I was banging out the G chord on this delicate guitar. Then I bought myself a Takamine acoustic, and a few years later I moved on to a Taylor 414CE, which was a beautiful limited-edition guitar. After moving out to San Diego I realized the Taylor was too big and not really fitting for me. So I found my Martin."
DiVine won “Best Singer/Songwriter” and “Best Female Vocalist” at the 2006 San Diego H.A.T. Awards (HAT = Honoring Acoustic Talent). She's performed live on the 91X FM Morning Show with Cantore, FM 94.9’s “Local Pyle,” was a featured artist on KPRI 102.1 FM, and appeared with her trio on KUSI TV's Inside San Diego. Her song "Home (Stickin’ Around)" along with "What’s It Gonna Be?" made it to the second round of judging in the 2005 International Songwriting Competition (ISC).
In 2007, her song "Trouble" received an honorable mention for being placed in the top 500 entries in the Billboard World Song Contest. Her 2009 album Square One was co-produced by Keith Orfanides.
As of 2010, DiVine no longer lives in San Diego. In early 2011, her single “Perfect Kind of Love” was heard on the TV show One Tree Hill. According to DiVine, “The song [played] at the start of a t-ball game and into a cute little montage featuring the romance of Clay and Quinn, towards the end of the episode.”
Her song “Little Things” was heard May 18, 2011 on MTV’s Real World: Las Vegas.