Kim Churchill

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Kim Churchill
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Background information
Born (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 28)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Origin Merimbula, New South Wales
Genres Folk, rock, blues
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion
Years active 2009 – present
Labels Indica Records
Warner Music Australia
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

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 and Kim Churchill in 2010, Detail of Distance in 2012, Into the Steel in 2013, Silence/Win in 2014, and Weight Falls in 2017. He is signed to Montreal-based Canadian label Indica Records


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] The next album was an alternative release, the eponymous Kim Churchill that was released in 2010[10] carrying 8 tracks from With Sword and Shield album, but notably five new tracks as well. This release was done through Canadian Indica Records.

Churchill's third 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. He also released the EP Turns to Stone in 2010.[4] In 2013 Churchill supported Billy Bragg on his Tooth and Nail tour.

His fifth 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]


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]


  • In 2009, Kim Churchill won Australia's National Youth Folk Artist of the Year.



  • 2010: With Sword and Shield
  • 2010: Kim Churchill (Indica / Outside)
  • 2012: Detail of Distance (Indica)
  • 2013: Into the Steel (Indica)
  • 2014: Silence/Win (Fontana North) No. 32 AUS[15]
  • 2017: Weight Falls (Warner)[16] No. 6 AUS[17]

Live albums[edit]

  • 2011: Montreal Attic Recordings
  • 2011: FestivaLink Presents: Kim Churchill at Kerrville Wine & Music Festival, TX 9/2/11
  • 2013: Montreal Attic Recordings: volume 2


  • 2011: Turns to Stone EP


Year Title Peak positions Album
2010 "Loving Home" With Sword and Shield
2014 "Window to the Sky" Silence / Win
"Some Days the Rain May Fall"[18] 86
2015 "You're My Window to the Sky"
(The Avener and Kim Churchill)


  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. ^ a b Denbow, Brad (7 March 2011). "Kim Churchill, IAmDonald, The Darkness that Comes Before". Canada: 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: 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: Retrieved 3 April 2014.
  13. ^ a b 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. ^ " – Discography Kim Churchill". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Kim Churchill To Head Out On Huge Australian Tour This September". 30 June 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  17. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  18. ^ "ARIA Chartifacts 26 May 2014". Archived from the original on 20 August 2014.

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