Described by Broadway World as the "David Bowie of cabaret," "slyly subversive" by the Wall Street Journal, and labeled the "male Marlene Dietrich" by the New York Times, Kim David Smith, hailing from Australia, is a Helpmann Award nominated singer and cabaret performer, based in New York. 

Smith recently starred as Salomé in Oscar Wilde's classic and controversial play as part of the Provincetown Theater’s 2017 season, while 2016 saw Kim portray the Emcee in Hunter Foster's production of "Cabaret" at the Cape Playhouse, to excellent reviews.

Conjuring the glitter, doom, and decadence of 1920's Berlin, Smith's piano-based one-man programme, “Morphium Kabarett,” provides an intimate evening of German, French and English repertoire, subtly intertwining Piaf, Hollaender, Dietrich and Weill with The Supremes, Kylie Minogue, Madonna and many unexpected others.  

Smith has toured Morphium Kabarett throughout Australia, earning a 2015 Helpmann Award nomination for Best Cabaret Performer, while also enjoying performances at New York City's Joe's Pub, and Café Sabarsky at the Neue Galerie. Musically directed by Tracy Stark, Morphium Kabarett garnered enthusiastic praise from The New York Times in its six-month 2016 residency at Pangea, which celebrated the whimsy and wickedness of New York City's alt-cabaret scene, with a curated parade of guest-artists, including Joey Arias, KT Sullivan, opera's Anthony Roth Costanzo, and innumerable others.

In 2009 Smith was presented with the Back Stage Magazine Bistro Award for Special Achievement as an Outstanding Performer (honored alongside Liza Minnelli and Charles Aznavour). His electro-pop albums NovaSupernova, and cabaret EP, The Tease, are available on iTunes and Amazon.


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Kim David Smith by Travis Chantar, 2018.

Kim David Smith by Travis Chantar, 2018.

Kim David Smith Returns to the Neue Galerie, March 8:

Kim David Smith returns to the Neue Galerie in celebration of its newest exhibition "Before the Fall, German and Austrian Art of the 1930's". Conjuring the glitter, doom, and decadence of 1930's Berlin, Smith explores the works of Weill, Hollaender and Spoliansky, intermingled with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Madonna, and the Supremes in a fabulous, neo-Weimar cabaret fantasia.     

For tickets, call  212 628 6200 (ext. 485) or make reservations at the link below! 

Follow Kim on Instagram and Twitter: @kimdavidsmith


Photographer: Brian Jamie

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by Kim David Smith

Produced by Måns Ek, Nova boasts eleven electropop originals written by a galaxy of international songwriters, including American lyricist Charlie Mason, Dirty Dasmo, Crush Boys (Daniel Volpe and Thomas Lipp), Erik Gold, Dirk Homuth, Ricardo Autobahn, and Neele Ternes. Featuring the singles "Shooting Star" and “Jealous,” Nova was recorded in the US in 2012, and released worldwide in 2013. 

“Pulsating, throbbing electro-dance realness… “Radio” sounds like the long lost sibling of Madonna’s Holiday, and, as such, provides an effervescent introduction to the work of Mr Smith’s percolating, synth driven, bouncy pop.  The lyrics are full of dark thoughts and obsessive tendencies. While the listener is exploring the seedier side of disco, Mr. Smith brings the lyrics and music of the album into vivid focus, it’s musical collaborative alchemy at it’s finest” My Fizzy Pop

“Pure art.” Taking Over The Universe

“Staying true to his cabaret roots, he has easily injected a flair for the dramatic into every carefully placed lyric.  His delivery is classier than your standard recording artist and that sets him apart from so many other vocalists.  Between the production and his stylings, it’s easy to see how this pop album could create a genre all it’s own, one that I call “Cabaret-Synth”.” Pop Rinse Repeat

“Completely stellar…slyly subversive.”Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, New York City



by Kim David Smith

Kim David Smith returns to the dancefloor with “Supernova,” a glittering new remix album featuring reworked gems from his 2013 LP release, “Nova.” Spanning vast electronic territory from Ricardo Autobahn’s lush, slow-jam reworking of“Cheap,” to Chameleon Musique’s 1970’s mirror ball take on “Never Ever,” and Chris Jay’s pulsing EDM dance-fest with the Italitastico mix of “Radio,” Supernova is packed with fabulous dance-pop collaborations, culminating in an 18-track electro-wonderland. 

With original artwork by Portis Wasp, after photography by the legendary Rick Day, Supernova was released on June 16th, 2015 by Ninthwave Records, and is available on iTunes, Amazon, and to stream on Spotify and Apple Music, worldwide.

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Images by Ryan Pfluger, Brian Jamie, Viktor Klimenko, RAM Imagery, John Warren, and Tyler Dean King. For more examples of Kim's continuing collaborations, please follow his Instagram and Twitter accounts at @kimdavidsmith

“Boyishly handsome, Smith’s got the perfect voice and androgynous vibe to make him a memorable Emcee. When he appears bare chested in a tuxedo jacket, his muscular legs protruding from shorts, Smith suggests a cross between Marlene Dietrich and David Bowie.”

Loren King, The Boston Globe


“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kim David Smith’s Morphium is addictive cabaret, fronted by a genius with a mighty future. Smith is the real last an artist working the room and probing the audience. Smith is a cabaret practitioner who understands his craft and uses every nuance, gesture and lascivious lyric to keep the crowd involved and on the edge of their comfort zones. Smith’s camp acid drops on topics from the personal to the improbable, his musical choices are often rare and always arresting.”

Liz Belilovskaya,, New York City


“(Smith) embodies all that is unique about this art form -- it would be a challenge to look away from him. There isn’t an extraneous gesture, expression, word or note. He has chiseled away everything that is unimportant to get down to a precise core. This is cabaret at its best and most interesting!”

Arthur Frank, Cabaret Scenes Magazine, New York City


“I'd bet that Kim David Smith could sing the dictionary and turn it into a dramatic musical theatre piece, keeping the audience spellbound from aardvark straight through to zymurgy. To every song he brings a commitment and focus that are intense and hypnotic. His delivery, in a voice with no fuzzy edges, is enviably precise. Add to this his striking good looks that are almost improbably pretty and you've got a unique artist, unlike anyone else I know of in this country. Indeed, he's an import from Australia—I guess we don't grow 'em like that here.”

Roy Sanders,, New York City


“Coordinated and polished, he makes cabaret seem so easy, sensual and natural.  A powerful, self possessed and incredibly enchanting force of massive appeal, Smith demonstrates how cabaret should be performed. He is a master of his craft.”

Liz Belilovskaya,, New York City


“Why try to describe Kim David Smith and his show? It has to be experienced. It is perhaps enough to say that if it ran for two hours instead of one, it still wouldn’t be enough.  One (song) that has to be spoken of is Pirate Jenny. Pairing it briefly with What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailors, Kim delivers what may be its most powerful rendition.”

Barbara Leavy, Cabaret Scenes Magzine, New York City


“Smith performs as if he's a porcelain doll turning mechanically on a delicate music box. He's got a wide Mack the Knife smile and occasionally draws his supple hands across his chest, as if wiping off illicit thoughts. Women probably find themselves wanting to mother him; gay men probably think he'd be ooh such fun to take home. He's all decadence and sly appeal.”

David Finkle, Back Stage Magazine, New York City


“Its a triumphant homecoming for Kim David Smith. Polished to perfection but still wickedly dirty when the moment calls for it, Morphium is one truly engaging hour of cabaret.  Smith is utterly engaging as a sole performer whose vocal talent is arguably among the best in this years Adelaide Cabaret Festival.”

Jessica Leo, The Adelaide Advertiser, Australia


“Mesmerizing both to watch and to listen to, Smith is beautiful, his voice is beautiful, and both make a gorgeous contrast to the often eerie nature of many of his songs. The result is a deliciously unsettling performance you cannot stop watching.  Smith’s cabaret is a blend of classic songs and contemporary pieces imbued with fresh irony and wit, rendering them darker, sometimes funnier, and completely captivating; he holds his own darker version of well-known contemporary songs up against the familiar standard, rendering them unfamiliar, to uncanny effect.”

Bisanne Masoud, Cabaret Exchange Magazine, New York City


“Smith gives each song his own stamp, giving lyrics a meaning far removed from the innocent intentions of the composers. This is definitely cabaret that embraces the dark side. Smith has the audience in the palm of his hand from the moment that he steps on stage to his final exit, whether on the stage or while working his way around the room, resting his hand lightly on the shoulders of men in the crowded venue. His is an exceptional performance with a wicked edge and a high degree of professionalism and polish.”

Barry Lenny, Arts Editor Glam Adelaide, Australia


"Not to mince words, Kim David Smith is mesmerizing."

Barbara Leavy, Cabaret Scenes Magazine, New York City

“In his playfulness, Mr. Smith is a descendant of his fellow Australian, Peter Allen. He could be described as a younger generation’s “Boy From Oz.”"

Stephen Holden, The New York Times


"Completely stellar...slyly subversive."

Will Friedwald, The Wall Street Journal, New York City


“He happily considers himself as a misfit, and goes about proving his point in several languages. There's no one else around these days offering the kind of cabaret that he does so compellingly. Well, maybe Ute Lemper, but that's it. Smith needs to be seen, and now.”

David Finkle, The Village Voice, New York City


"no avant-garde, gender-bending, or mainstream artist dancing in the cabaret arena today takes more risks. Smith is a visionary without borders who might just be the David Bowie of Cabaret."

John Hoglund, BroadwayWorld.Com


“Kim David Smith is cool, lithe and consummate with all the confidence and presence needed to allow you sit back and be entertained. With just his voice and delivery Smith recreates the seductive decadence of the kabarett performances of Weimar Berlin. Smith knows he will soon have the audience eating out of his palm, probably even sucking his fingers. He is most definitely mesmerising and compelling.”

Liza Dezfouli, Australian Stage, Australia


“M.r Smith is the consummate showman from his entrance through the audience to his lingering, understated exit. Delivering cabaret in the Weimar style Smith displays his language skills as well as his musicianship. Unusual numbers revamped prove very entertaining, including a version of The Supremes' “Keep Me Hangin’ On,” which was moody and sensual, and “Somewhere over the Rainbow” (in German) which was just beautiful. Smith's every gesture and expression conveyed his understanding of the material and the emotions involved. It’s what cabaret is all about!”

Fran Edwards, Adelaide Theatre Guide, Australia


“★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Wit and cleverness aplenty. Smith has strong sense of irony, wit and avante garde – always entertaining, great voice with impressive range –gratifying to see new edgy shows like this.”

Tim Hunter, The Age, Australia


“Kim David Smith is master of his own domain in cabaret, totally secure and in charge of every twist and turn and trick or treat, tremble and taunt. His version of “Over the Rainbow” is sung wistfully, yes -- beautifully, yes -- with aching loneliness, yes -- but in German. Whether dripping with melancholy or bouncing back with bright eyes washed by the tears and alight with the possibilities of joy and/or romance to be found, this multi-lingual, multi-faceted fellow is a consummate performer”

Rob Lester, NiteLife Exchange Magazine, New York City


“Kim David Smith’s Morphium (is) a brilliantly constructed variation on the Weimar-style cabaret that combines standards, Brecht, Weill, with Friedrich Hollænder, and esteemed visitors, among which Poulenc’s “Hôtel” may be especially mentioned. Extra points for an eyebrow raising transformation of “You Keep Me Hanging On” but that was nothing compared to his own arrangement of Kylie Minogue's “Confide in Me.” A must-see!”

Peter Burdon, Blaze Magazine, Australia


“Smith weaves an enchanting web of seldom heard, yet seminal cabaret music. It’s impossible not to be drawn into his mystique, his charming lasciviousness, and the haunting voice. Smith is a must-see, one-of-a-kind entertainer. His show, while inspired by the past, is thoroughly modern, always inventive and stunningly performed.”

Steve Murray, Cabaret Scenes Magazine, San Francisco


"Kim David Smith is an epic risk-taker. He roguishly discards conventional boundaries with abandon in his dark, multi-layered new act times, it almost borders on a sado-masochistic excursion into pathos, seduction and nonchalance. Always daring himself and his audience, Smith might be classified as a fascinating performance artist who also sings."

John Hoglund,, New York City


“A new breed of cabaret star.”

Troy Gurr, MCV Magazine, Australia