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Kim Churchill (born in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia on 26 September 1990) is an Australian folk, rock, and blues singer, songwriter, and musician. He has released six albums: With Sword and Shield/Kim Churchill in 2010, Detail of Distance in 2012, Into the Steel in 2013, Silence/Win in 2014, Weight Falls in 2017 and I Am in 2019. He is signed to Montreal-based Canadian label Indica Records

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Background information
Born (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 28)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
OriginMerimbula, New South Wales
GenresFolk, rock, blues
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion
Years active2009 – present
LabelsIndica Records
Warner Music Australia
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Websitewww.kimchurchill.com

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CareerEdit

Kim Churchill was born in Canberra and moved to the town of Merimbula at around age seven.[1][2] He picked his first guitar when he was 4 years old when his father promised him a guitar if he did well in school. He was trained in classical guitar for ten years.[3] He accompanies his guitar with blues harp (harmonica), stomp box, drums, and percussion instruments.[4] He also plays lapsteel and tambourine.

He started singing and playing in front of crowds very early, writing songs while experimenting various tunes or while busking in various venues. An avid fan of surfing, he incorporated the sport in many of his songs and music videos. Churchill tours extensively and has become a favourite during music festivals including the East Coast Blues & Roots Music Festival (Australia's "Bluesfest"), the Woodford Folk Festival,[3] and other Australian venues. He has particular following in Canada[5][6] where he took part in Canadian Music Week, the Ottawa Folk Festival and the famous Montreal International Jazz Festival.[7] He enjoys good following in the United States where he performed at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas and the International Folk Federation Conference in Memphis,[8] plus a tour in England, other European venues, and in Japan.

He released his debut single "Loving Home" that received regular airplay nationally on Australian Triple J radio and ABC Radio National, as well as local and community stations all over Australia. His debut album was entitled With Sword and Shield[9] and released under the title Kim Churchill internationally.[10]

Churchill's second studio album was released on 15 May 2012 being the album Detail of Distance.[11] It was recorded in Vancouver, Canada and was produced by Tod Simko and released by Indica Records. Owing to his popularity in Canada, the release was supported by a 2012 pan-Canadian national summer tour. In 2013 Churchill supported Billy Bragg on his Tooth and Nail tour.

His fourth album Silence/Win was released on 1 April 2014 through Fontana North. Produced by Warne Livesey, it was recorded primarily in sessions in Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.[12] He also engaged on a pan-Canadian tour to promote the album. The track "Some Days the Rain May Fall" from the album charted on ARIA, the official Australian Singles Chart reaching number 86. Another track from the same album "Window to the Sky" was remixed by the French deep house and electro music producer The Avener and released in France as "You're My Window to the Sky" and charting on SNEP, the French Official Singles Chart.[13]

ReceptionEdit

As part of a review of a Billy Bragg concert for the Vancouver Weekly, critic Jason Motz said: "Opening on this night was the young, barefooted Aussie, Kim Churchill. Churchill made the most of an acoustic guitar, kick drum, pedals and a harmonica. Creating a sound I can only describe as psychedelic whale music, ocean-side blues or countrified Nick Drake, Churchill delivered an off-the-cuff set punctuated by a cover of Dylan’s "Subterranean Homesick Blues". Kim Churchill. Remember that name. He’s going to impress a whole mess of people on this tour. Next year, he could very well be headlining the Vogue."[14]

AwardsEdit

  • In 2009, Kim Churchill won Australia's National Youth Folk Artist of the Year.
  • At the APRA Music Awards of 2019, Kim Churchill's "Secondhand Car" was nominated for Blues & Roots Work of the Year.

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[15]
With Sword and Shield / Kim Churchill
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Kim Churchill / Indica Records (INDCD115)
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Detail Of Distance
  • Released: 6 April 2012[16][17]
  • Label: Kim Churchill (KC4) / Indica (INDCD128)
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Into the Steel
  • Released: January 2013
  • Label: Kim Churchill [18]
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Silence/Win
  • Released: 3 February 2017 [19]
  • Label: Kim Churchill / Fontana North (3933)
  • Format: Digital download, CD
32
Weight Falls
  • Released: 18 August 2017 [20]
  • Label: Kim Churchill (KC6)
  • Format: Digital download, CD, LP, streaming
6
I Am
  • Released: 3 May 2019 [21]
  • Label: Rufus Nomad
  • Format: Digital download, streaming
TBR
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Live albumsEdit

Title Album details
Montreal Attic Recordings
  • Released: 2011
  • Label: Kim Churchill
  • Format: Digital download
FestivaLink Presents: Kim Churchill at Kerrville Wine & Music Festival, TX 9/2/11
  • Released: 26 October 2011[22]
  • Label:
  • Format: Digital download
Montreal Attic Recordings: Vol.2
  • Released: 2013
  • Label: Kim Churchill (KC6)
  • Format: CDR, Digital Download
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

EPsEdit

Title EP details
Turns to Stone
  • Released: 13 May 2011[23]
  • Label: Kim Churchill
  • Format: Digital download

SinglesEdit

Year Title Peak positions Album
AUS FRA
[13]
2010 "Loving Home" With Sword and Shield
2014 "Window to the Sky" Silence / Win
"Some Days the Rain May Fall"[24] 86
2015 "You're My Window to the Sky"
(The Avener and Kim Churchill)
119
2017 "Breakneck Speed"[25]
2018 "Weight Falls"[26]
2019 "After the Sun"[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Thatcher, Alex; Powell, Christopher. "Kim Churchill: Blues, Roots & Surfing". Australia: FUSE. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  2. ^ Kingsmill, Kate (14 January 2015). "Kim Churchill performs at The Abbey". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 4 December 2016.
  3. ^ a b KG, Greta (23 November 2010). "Kim Churchill – Driven, Not Stirred". Australia: Bma magazine. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  4. ^ Denbow, Brad (7 March 2011). "Kim Churchill, IAmDonald, The Darkness that Comes Before". Canada: theQuill.ca. Archived from the original on 28 August 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Kim Churchill's love affair with Canada continues this summer". Canada: Indica Records. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  6. ^ Lambert, Marie-Ève (15 July 2011). "La Voix de l'Est: Le phénomène Kim Churchill" (in French). Canada: La Presse. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  7. ^ Harvey, Véronique (30 June 2011). "Entrevue Avec Kim Churchill – Coup de soleil" (in French). Canada: Canoe.ca. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Kim Churchill". USA: The Agency Group. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  9. ^ Philp, Michael (10 July 2010). "Kim Churchill – With Sword and Shield". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  10. ^ Chapelsky, Jamie (23 March 2011). "Gateway: Album Review – Kim Churchill". Canada: The Gateway. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  11. ^ Clark, Simon (25 April 2012). "Album Review: Kim Churchill – Detail of Distance (2012 LP)". Australia: The AU Review. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  12. ^ Hudson, Alex (24 March 2014). "Kim Churchill 'Silence Win' (album stream)". Canada: Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  13. ^ a b LesCharts.com Kim Churchill discography
  14. ^ Motz, Jason (13 April 2013). "This Bragg Is Your Bragg – Billy Bragg and Kim Churchill at The Vogue Theatre, April 5". Canada: Vancouver Weekly. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  15. ^ "australian-charts.com – Discography Kim Churchill". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Details of Distance". iTunes Astralia. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  17. ^ "Details of Distance (CD)". JBHiFi. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Into the Steel". Kim Churchill. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  19. ^ "Silence/Win". iTunes Austrlaia. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  20. ^ "Weight Falls". iTunes Austrlaia. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  21. ^ "I Am". iTunes Austrlaia. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Festivalink". iTunes LU. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Turns to Stone (EP)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  24. ^ "ARIA Chartifacts 26 May 2014". Archived from the original on 20 August 2014.
  25. ^ "Breakneck Speed". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  26. ^ "Weight Falls (Acoustic Sessions)". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  27. ^ "After the Sun". iTunes Australia. Retrieved 6 May 2019.

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