b. c. 1964, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Kidder’s career in music was encouraged by her pianist mother. Singing songs and playing bass, Kidder has established a reputation with country music audiences that brought her accolades and awards. In partnership with guitarist and singer Gary Fjellgaard she has been frequently nominated for awards by the British Columbia Country Music Association and for the Canadian Country Music Award, including winning Duo Of The Year awards on several occasions from 1989. In the early 90s Kidder made international tours sharing the bill with headliner k.d. lang. Other artists with whom she has appeared include Bon Jovi, Susan Crowe, the Good Brothers, Connie Kaldor and Raffi.
Kidder has written numerous songs, some of which have been performed by other singers. Among her songs are ‘You!’, ‘Isle Of View’, ‘Bliss’, ‘Find It In Our Hearts’, ‘I Can Dream’, ‘Lies I Tell Myself’, ‘I Thought You Made It’, ‘Another Waltz’, ‘Not This Time’ and ‘Mr. Moon’. She has also recorded with her mother, Betty, as the title of 1998’s Mom And Me indicates. Kidder has also appeared in all-female bands, one group completed by Joan Besen (from Prairie Oyster), Karen Graves, Sue Leonard, Revelee Nixon and Jane Siberry. Another band featured Kidder with Terry Carisse, Anita Perras, Terry Sumsion and Michelle Wright; they recorded Fire & Lace: Music For A Country Romance on Savannah Special Records in 1993. Kidder’s backing band on her 2005 solo debut Close To Bliss included Mike Creber (keyboards), Norman Foote (guitar), John Forrest (accordion/bass), Mickey Mekilok (drums) and Jim Salmon (percussion). Kidder has also collaborated with Foote on a theatrical presentation, a direction that latterly occupied much of her time.