Today's LCM Showcase artist is a London singer-songwriter whose excellent second studio album 'Love & Hate', has been shortlisted as one of the best albums at this year's Mercury Awards. Michael Kiwanuka is a British soul musician who is signed to Polydor Records. He has been compared to Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, Randy Newman, Terry Callier, Otis Redding, as well as Van Morrison. Our #TrackOfTheDay is the highly anticipated title track of his new UK No.1 selling album.
Kiwanuka worked as a session guitarist, playing with Chipmunk and Bashy, before working as a solo artist; his first proper gig was at The Oxford, Kentish Town. Where he came to the attention of Communion Records, which released his first two EPs, including his debut 'Tell Me A Tale' on 13 June 2011.
Kiwanuka supported Adele on her Adele Live 2011 tour, as well at her iTunes Festival 2011 gig and played at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling.
In 2011, he signed a deal with Polydor Records. He was included in the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll and was named as the winner on 6 January 2012. In July 2016, he performed at the British Summer Time Festival in Hyde Park on the same day at Carole King and Don Henley.