Belgian singer Kim Versteynen (1984) combines a fresh face with a warm voice in the modern jazz community: with a deeply researched focus on improvisation and interaction within the band, she takes the audience for an emotional ride. The creativity and intu´tion she shows in her music are supported by two Master degrees. In her jazz quartet, Kim In the Middle, she constantly pushes the boundries of musicality and genres and with her duo Kim Versteynen & Tim Finoulst she already won the 2013 Concours Des Jeunes Talents at the Leffe Jazz Nights in Dinant. As vocal coach she shapes and motivates new talent.
Kim has a Master in Art History from the University of Ghent (B) and a Master in jazz singing from the Conservatory of Maastricht (NL). She attended lessons and masterclasses with Dianne Reeves, Sheila Jordan, Norma Winstone, David Linx, Jef Neve, John Abercrombie etc. During her studies in Maastricht she started her Kim Versteynen Trio with pianist Arne Van Coillie and double bass player Flor Van Leugenhaeghe. When drummer Luc Vanden Bosch joined the band the trio became the quartet Kim In the Middle with which Kim recorded her well received debut album in 2011. In April 2014 the second album Open & Close came out. The new 2018 album, The 7 Year Itch introduces the new talented drummer Gert-Jan Dreessen. In 2012 she recorded the album Easy Street with the band Hepcats. First Time, the debut album of her price winning duo with Tim Finoulst (guitar) was released in 2014. The duo was the supporting act for the 2015 belgian tour of the Dave Douglas Quintet. Kim's involved in the cross-over project, Gershwin: classical music meets jazz. In 2017 3 new projects were born. Together with piano player Arne Van Coillie, she focusses on songs with interesting stories in the duo project Here's To Life!. She's the singer-in-a-diva-gown of the extended Hepcats with a personnel of 8. This real-deal swingband plays the music from the thirties and forties to which lindy hop dancers love to show their moves. Christmastime you can also find her in international carillion towers for her cooperation with carillonneur Jan Verheyen.
During her time at the Conservatory she started working as a singing teacher at the academies of Voeren-Riemst, Lanaken, Genk and Tongeren. Meanwhile, as a singing teacher specialized in jazz, she is associated with the academy of Genk, the Conservatory of Hasselt and the pre-professional secundary school, Musart, at Kindsheid Jesu, Hasselt. Her students now populate the international and national conservatories like Berlin, Amsterdam, Ghent, Brussels, Maastricht, etc.