Kim Churchill has been living and breathing guitar for over a decade. When he plays you can hear the dedication and countless hours of rehearsal and you can’t help but have an appreciation for his talent. When you find out he’s only 20, it puts him in an entirely other league.
His flawless guitar technique and his lyrical outlook surpass his age and these skills have allowed his career to blossom. As he continues to launch his career in music, dedication is another characteristic you will not find him lacking.
“As a young artist, now’s the time for me to be busy” Kim enthuses. “You just have to tour your arse off, record heaps and keep pushing every way you can. It’s been a hectic couple of years but its also been lots of fun.”
As a youngster you’d be likely to find Kim practicing guitar whenever possible; even if that meant getting up before sunrise. This enthusiasm and devotion is evident in his recordings and even more so in his live show.
Kim Churchill’s style is unique and explosive, with intricate fingerpicking, percussive beats on the body of the guitar, and two-handed tapping intertwined with an earthy stomp box, powerful harmonica melodies and soulful voice. Though his playing is often complex, his songs have an easy, natural flow that certainly reflect the peace of mind that rolling waves and a rising sun possess. Kim Churchill is a live spectacle and a true virtuoso, but unlike so many others who could be labeled as such, he transmits a vibe of genuine modesty. Perhaps it’s his nomadic life on the road or probably his passion for surfing that keeps him grounded.
He started off in 2009 after high school, busking and traveling Australia in a camper to share his music with friends and strangers alike. The same year, he was presented with the National Youth Folk Artist of the year award. After being selected from hundreds of candidates by the Byron Bay Bluesfest busker competition in 2010, Kim has quickly crossed the ranks. He was added not once, but twice on the line-up of the famous festival in 2011, sharing the main stage on the opening night with Xavier Rudd, Michael Franti and Ben Harper and on the closing night with Paul Kelly, Buffy Sainte-Marie and no other than the great Bob Dylan.
“Kim’s my favorite new artist right now” Michael Franti, Interviewing Kim Churchill at the Byron Bay Blues Festival. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0nhb4VXBz4)
Since that humble and impressive start, his work of art have connected him with thousands of people, winning audiences of some of Australia’s biggest festivals including, Woodford Folk Festival, Port Fairy Folk Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival and many more. In the last year he has also taken his show to Japan, Canada, the UK and the US.
It’s already been a whirlwind 2011 for young gun musician Kim Churchill.
He has just undertaken a massive tour through the US and Canada. The tour took in shows at Canadian Music Week, the International Folk Alliance in Memphis Tennessee, the legendary SXSW in Austin Texas, and dozens of club shows across North America.
After phenomenal& highly talked about performances at the ‘biggest ever’ Byron Bay Bluesfest, as well as East Coast shows with Michael Franti and Spearhead, and while his star rises all over the planet, Kim hasn’t forgotten where he came from. Kim will be doing a handful of shows in June, before heading back overseas. Don’t miss your chance to see Australia’s most exciting young performer in most likely his final shows in Australia for 2011.
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