Kim Petras


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Kim Petras

Kim Petras is a German singer and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. Between 2016 and 2020, she released music as an independent artist under her own imprint, BunHead Records, before signing with Amigo and Republic Records in 2021.

Kim Petras

Kim is transgender


Petras was born in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia. Her mother is a choreographer and artist, her father is an architect, and her older sister is also a singer. She was assigned male at birth. In 2006, Petras, then aged 13, appeared on a German television current affairs show in which she discussed her medical gender transition. At age 14, Petras appeared in a documentary and a talk show, in a push to get permission for early sex reassignment surgery at age 16, before the minimum age of 18 in Germany. These appearances resulted in international media coverage of her transition, touting her as the “world’s youngest transsexual”.

Kim Petras began recording music as a teenager, releasing her debut extended play One Piece of Tape in 2011. She independently released her debut international single in 2017, “I Don’t Want It at All”, which went on to top several viral music charts on Spotify. The song was followed by Billboard-charting singles “Feeling of Falling” (with Cheat Codes), “Heart to Break”, and “1, 2, 3 Dayz Up” (featuring Sophie).

Following her early success, Petras released a collection of digital singles which would later comprise her unofficial body of work known as Era 1. Petras released her debut album Clarity, on 28 June 2019. The record was preceded with a nine-week-long promotional campaign, during which Petras released one single per week with an accompanying visual lyric video. Clarity received acclaim from music critics, reached number seven on the Heatseekers Chart and number 26 on the Independent Albums chart. Following this, Petras released her second studio album, Turn Off the Light in October 2019. In 2020, Petras saw further success with her songs “Malibu” and “Broken Glass”, the latter being a collaboration with Kygo.

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Last updated 01/21/2023

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