Michael Wilks, Newcastle NSW based singer, songwriter and musician has gained a great deal of recognition and radio airplay in Australia and America with his 2015 and 2016 song releases “Back Seat of My Car”, “No More” and “City Lights”. His current single “Simple Times” is currently number 31 on the American Music Charts (as at January 26th, 2018).
Michael was signed to Winter Records in Nashville USA, where he recorded his EP “A New Direction” in March 2016, which includes the single “City Lights”. The resulting songs have earned Michael a place as a 2018 finalist for the ICMA Awards and the AAMusicLinx Awards, the winners of which are due to be announced during the (Australian) Tamworth Music Festival in January 2018. Having spent the Month of March 2016 in Nashville, Michael returned to Australia reinvigorated and inspired to pursue his love of music and write more, digging deep for the words that strike a chord. The quality of the songs and his musical ability has resulted in Winter Records inviting Michael back to Nashville.
Michael returned to America in August 2017 to record his new album “Full Steam Ahead” (yet to be released) and undertake a promotional tour of the midlands of American, crossing 8 states and covering almost 8,000km in under 2 weeks. It was a very successful tour if the popularity of “Simple Times” is anything to go by, with a return to Nashville planned either for 2019 or 2020.
Michael entertains with both his originals and cover songs engaging with the audience in a light hearted and truly Australian witty way, leaving the crowd asking for more. Combining Country, Rock, Blues and Classics with a few other eclectic elements that make his show unique. Michael loves hitting the road with his guitar and his duo partner, and with his home town of Newcastle, every point on the compass is an option, even as far east as Nashville in 2017.
ichael’s influences include Eric Clapton, The Eagles, The Beatles, Striper, Metallica and Johnny Cash, and with a classical piano background and many years playing lead guitar, his skills musically are unquestionable, and he engages the young and old and everything in between.