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18 Karat is a dynamic new group featuring the soulful vocals of Ms. Kimberly Pollini, and the multifacted 7-string guitar work of Mr. Paul Pollini. This duo incorporates jazz, rock, soul, and everything in between, creating a montage as subtle as it is infectious. Their individual bios speak for themselves.

Kimberly Pollini started singing Gospel at the age of 5. She earned a B. A. in Music/Voice at Austin College in Sherman, TX where she toured as a soloist with the Acapella choir in England, France, and Scotland. She also attended the University of North Texas, in Denton, TX where she performed with the opera theatre, sang and recorded as a member of the UNT Jazz Singers (co awarded "Best College Jazz Choir" by Downbeat Magazine) and performed with the nationally recognized One O'Clock Lab Band. With this group, she performed at state and national conferences, jazz festivals, and at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX with renowned jazz vocalist and lyricist, Jon Hendricks. Since college she has recorded with The Women's Chorus of Dallas and Turtle Creek Chorale, who combined to perform The World Premiere of Sing for the Cure at the Meyerson Symphony Center with Maya Angelou benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She currently lives in Austin, where she teaches music and performs with 18 Karat.


Paul Pollini holds a Bachelor's of Music-Jazz & Contemporary Music-from The University of Maine at Augusta. He has studied with some of the finest musicians in the Northeast, including guitarists David Fiuczynski, Gary Wittner, and Rez Abassi and vocalists Marguerite Juenemann and Tim Johnson. As a performer, Paul has collaborated with jazz trumpet player Don Stratton (whose credits include Charlie Parker, Max Roach, & Billy Taylor). He has performed, recorded, and toured the Northeast as founder, lead guitarist, vocalist, and primary composer of progressive fusion funk group, The Perpetual Motion Machine, The Portland Phoenix's Best Jazz Group in Maine, 2002. Since relocation to Austin in January of 2003, Paul has performed and recorded with local groups, including an 8 month stint with Austin jam band Groovin Ground, touring Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico, and opening for acts such as Oteil Burburage (of the Allman Brothers) and BB King. He currently performs in the duo 18 Karat. Paul teaches privately around Austin, and is also a staff member with the National Guitar Workshop.

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