Kim Churchill + Microwave Jenny + Benjalu
Australian singer songwriter and guitarist Kim Churchill returns home this coming January 2014 for a run of East coast dates in support of his brand new single "Window to The Sky".
While Kim’s previous songwriting produced a more dense sound, "Window to The Sky" heralds a slight shift in direction, capturing a new sense of freedom that delivers one of his most accessible songs to date. "Window to The Sky” is available for media servicing now.
At just 23, Kim Churchill has already achieved some incredible things in his short time as a professional musician. A nomadic and hypnotizing guitarist Kim is recognised as much internationally as he is in Australia, having performed headline shows, festivals and supports alike all over the planet. His dynamic live performances focus on his deft guitar work while simultaneously playing bass drum, percussion, tambourine, harmonica and vocals.
His highly anticipated forthcoming 4th studio album showcases Kim’s melodic, contemporary, blues and folk sides. Recorded in Vancouver, the 13-track album produced by legendary heavyweight Warne Livesey (Midnight Oil, Matthew Good) is due for release in Australia mid 2014. The month spent recording the album was also the first time in 5 years that Kim had a permanent roof over his head, preferring a nomadic existence of travelling, performing, surfing, and seeing the world living in customised vans.
Hand-picked to support Billy Bragg on his current 23 date UK and European tour, Kim will also perform a headline show in London next month before returning to Australia for the forthcoming tour.
Microwave Jenny is indigenous, Australian duo Tessa Nuku and Brendon Boney. With a name that stems from classic Aussie film "The Castle", Microwave Jenny’s genre-defying style is determined to bring fun and optimism back to the Australian musical landscape. Brendon and Tessa first crossed paths while rehearsing backstage at a show in 2005. The realisation they shared the same kind of musical direction and an undeniable chemistry was the catalyst for the first Microwave Jenny show. Tessa has a unique voice that will send an unforgettable tingle down the audience’s spine. Her alternative twist on the jazz and pop genres will carve a new spot in listeners’ hearts plus her ability to make an amazing choc-top ice cream will help make the Central Coast 24-year-old a force in the Australian music industry.
Combined with Brendon’s ability to eat choc-top ice creams, his heart-felt, blues influenced guitar and vocals the dynamic pairing promises something truly special. Brendon, also 24, had his first guitar when he was 10 but only picked it up and played nearly 7 years later when a severe shoulder injury ended a soccer career that had seen him travelling the world. This singer/songwriting duet's musical education doesn't end there though. Believing strongly in the importance of an artist's independence, they have been running their career completely on their own and learning plenty along the way.
Already a festival favourite performing at Bluesfest, The Woodford Folk Festival, Peats Ridge, The Fuse Festival, The Dreaming Festival, The Darwin Festival, Nannup Music Festival and The Australasian World Music Expo (AWME). Drawing influence from artists such as James Taylor, Van Morrison, Janis Ian and Joni Mitchell, they aim to promote good vibes, positive spirited music with honest and sincere lyrics.
Good vibes and good times run through the blood of the five mates known collectively as BENJALU. A message, sent via Chinese whispers is growing the cult following this band has, both nationally and internationally.
BENJALU ended 2011 on a high, with performances at Festival Of The Sun, Woodford Folk Festival and Peats Ridge Festival. Another successful year gone to reflect on, a new one is born. With it brings a whole new chapter to be written...
What we’ve heard so far:
“If practice makes perfect, Novocastrian roots outfit Benjalu must be close.” (Nils Hay, Rave Magazine).
“Young and exciting act.” (Nick Milligan, Reverb Magazine)
“Just infectious and hard not to get involved with their clever grooves and good feel.” (James Schaefer, Jam Magazine)