Born in London to Ugandan parents, Michael Kiwanuka was brought up in a home from which music was largely absent. His first introduction to rock — Nirvana, Radiohead — arrived as he began to hang with the skater kids in his north London suburb during his early teenage years.
Singer-songwriter Sylvie Lewis makes her third appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown. Lewis is English by birth, but has made her home in Switzerland, Los Angeles, Boston and, lately, Rome. Her wanderlust imparts a worldly sophistication to her lyrics and voice, which call to mind sounds from another era.
James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist for the heavy metal band Metallica, makes a straight-forward appeal for help in finding a fan's killer in a new public service ad produced for the FBI, Virginia and local law enforcement agencies.
Kimbra is only 22, but she already has everything it takes to become a huge success. The New Zealand singer is charming, beautiful, has a fantastic voice and steals the show whenever she's performing, including alongside Gotyein his ubiquitous hit "Somebody That I Used to Know." Her solo debut, Vows, is audacious and powerful, and she even treated us to a brand-new song — the super-funky "Come Into My Head" — when she visited our studios.