Music has been the bedrock of my days since I was a child. It let me know who I was. There is no way I could have gotten through my life in one piece without it. Music also unites. When a room can come together with no heed to race, creed, or political affiliation; when we can all just feel ourselves at our deepest and most human level, that is the best stuff of life, right there.
I sing any and everything I can get my voice around. I had a wonderful career in musical theatre and opera, and in 2012 branched out into jazz. Covid hit and I found myself sitting at the keys singing folk/rock. I really love it all. My vocal technique background affords me a large vocal range from dynamic to intimate. Each song becomes its own personalized story, having a unique identity, narrating the many pieces of life.
Jazz offers me a chance to pull out all the stops and dive into the jewels of the American Songbook. Duke Ellington, Cole Porter - anything that expresses through great lyrics and engaging melodies. I love singing with the wonderful jazz artists of Seattle. It's an amazing experience, every time.
Sitting at the keys I sing tunes from artists like Bonnie Raitt, Eva Cassidy, Linda Ronstadt - I'm a child of the '70's, so anything around that time period hits home. I also love John Legend and that whole genre, so you'll hear some of that too. With a guitarist or band I love singing swing, Latin and blues.
I also sing with a dynamite swing female vocal trio, "Sugartime Trio". Our repertoire includes The Andrew Sisters and The McGuire Sisters as well as some current tunes like "Hit the Road Jack", "Son of a Preacher Man" and even "All About That Bass". We swing and sing from the 1930's to present.
When a room can come together, with no heed to race, creed or political affiliation, when we can all just feel ourselves at our deepest and most human level, THAT is IT. That is why I sing. To connect to the music, and to connect to my "fellow" human beings. I'm always honored to sing. It's where I live.
A 2017 Seattle/Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist finalist, Kim has been a professional performer, educator, director, and producer for the past 30 years, having worked all over the U.S. in cabaret, jazz, musical theatre, and opera. Privileged to share the stage with such greats as Eric Idle, Frank Langella, Juliet Prowse, and Robert Goulet, Kim has been seen on many regional stages including Houston Grand Opera, Theatre Under the Stars in Houston, Fifth Ave. Theatre, Benaroya Hall, Village Theatre and SecondStory Repertory among others. Notable jazz clubs include Tula's, Egan's Jamhouse in Ballard, The North City Bistro, Boxleys (RIP), The Musicquarium at The Triple Door and Trocaderos Nightclub in New York (RIP).
Kim hails from Minneapolis where she studied at the prestigious Children’s Theatre in high school and became a company member post high school. Higher education includes Ithaca College, University of Minnesota, and Circle in the Square 2 year Professional Training Program in NYC. Circle in the Square educators included acting, singing, and dance instructors from Julliard and Yale.
As founder of MaguireVoice, Kim has designed, directed, hosted, and accompanied over 30 cabaret shows in many different venues throughout her Seattle career.
Kim has been a private music educator for over 25 years, specializing in technique and acting coaching. Her students have performed roles on Broadway, as well as large and small regional theatres in Seattle. She is honored to have had students in some of the top musical-theatre programs in the country, including NYU, University of Michigan, Boston Conservatory, Berklee School of Music, and Rice University Opera Program. Kim is also the proud teacher/coach of the 2005 National Thespian Society winner for musical theatre performance.
Kim has also helped start 3 major theatrical venues in the Seattle area. She has experience with capital campaigns, fund raising, building educational curriculum, theatre school design, group teaching, and working within conservatory settings.
Kim singing at the Seattle/Kobe Female Jazz Vocal Event,
Jazz Alley, 2017
"Kim creates a sense of warmth and a kind of comradery, as we relate to our own shared experiences of living this human life."
~ Chris Lynn
"Kim Maguire & The Blue Fedoras"