Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kim's Keeping His Distance; A Rising Young Musician Tells Miranda Cashin What He Thinks Is Really Important

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Kim's Keeping His Distance; A Rising Young Musician Tells Miranda Cashin What He Thinks Is Really Important

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IT'S not often you hear a musician describe the recording process of his latest album as aa big experimental vomita, but singer-songwriter Kim Churchill is anything but average.

With a voice that croons with the earthy sounds of Xavier Rudd and John Butler, the mastery of his instrument like Ash Grunwald and the looks of Hollywood heart-throb Cam Gigandet, he is a rare package.

At just 21, Churchill has a maturity far beyond his years. He is an old soul in the body of a chiselled surfer.

When we chat, he has only hours earlier arrived from Canada and headed to Byron Bay where he was to judge the Busker competition ahead of Bluesfest. It is the very same competition the Merimbula local won himself only a couple of years ago.

His advice for the young performers is not to be intimated and to ago harda.

He remembers the nerves he experienced as a novice performer and while he admitted he still felt the flutter of butterflies before a performance, he has since learnt to harness the energy.

aEvery performer goes through a stage where performing is incredibly, incredibly scary and you wonder how you will get over it and whether it will be a barrier to your career,' he said.

aBut nerves are good. I use them and am able to be a better performer.

aThey give you a shot of adrenalin and I am able to insert that energy into the performance and give it to the crowd.''

Since he won the busking competition in 2009, he has been presented with a swag of prestigious awards, performed at music festivals across the country and in Canada, as well as having shared the stage with the likes of Michael Franti, Xavier Rudd and Ben Harper.

But while he admits the praise and accolades are very nice and a good measure that he is on the right track with his music, he insists they are not his driving force and shouldn't be for any performer. …

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