Michael Kiwanuka is a young musician from North London. His debut album, 2012’s Home Again, was released to widespread critical acclaim from journalists and fellow musicians alike, all paying testament to Michael’s incredibly smooth and soulful voice that recalls a number of the greats of our time.
Since the album’s release, Michael has toured the globe extensively, expanding his live band from a solo proposition, into a duo, and right through to a full five-piece band. He’s guested for friends Mumford & Sons, and toured alongside the likes of Alabama Shakes, Adele, Stevie Wonder, and Jake Bugg.
Despite the gruelling tour schedule, Michael found time for two notable studio collaborations. In 2012, he hit the studio with Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach to record a new b-side, ‘Lasan’, for his Getting Ready single, and in 2013, Michael was invited by Jack White to record at his Nashville studios where the pair laid down two tracks: a new song, You’ve Got Nothing To Lose, and a cover of Town Van Zandt’s ‘Waitin’ Round To Die. The tracks were released in Spring 2014 on 7” vinyl as part of White’s Third Man Records’ Blue Series, which has previously seen releases from Laura Marling, Beck, and Tom Jones.
Following a packed-out performance at Glastonbury on Mumford & Sons’ Gentlemen of the Road stage in 2014, Michael returned to the studio to commence work on his second album. Those sessions are now nearing their conclusion, with quality studio time spent working alongside Home Again producer Paul Butler, and Brian Burton (Danger Mouse).
No release date is yet set for that second record, such is Michael’s reluctance to let go of anything until he is 100% content with it, but if the raw, early demos are anything to go by, it’s going to be an album that reintroduces Michael Kiwanuka not only as a great young British voice, but as a great, great British songwriter too.