A British soul singer endorsed by Jack White, a pop-tinged detour for a Canadian singer-songwriter and an established sideman taking the spotlight feature in CBC host Tom Power's weekly look at new music.
First up is U.K. artist Michael Kiwanuka, who's been described as a cross between Otis Redding and Van Morrison. For his song You've Got Nothing to Lose, the soul singer travelled to Nashville to work with alt rock and contemporary roots powerhouse Jack White, who produced Kiwanuka's tender and haunting new track.
Next up is Canadian singer Meaghan Smith, poised to release her new album Have a Heart. Where the 2011 best new artist Juno-winner's breakout album had more of a retro feel, her upcoming release feels like a pop experiment — with some edge. "She has the warmth of Doris Day with the sizzle of Katy Perry," says Power.
After cutting his teeth on the hard, beer-drenched, rock 'n' roll stages of the East Coast, most notably backing up Matt Mays, singer-songwriter Adam Baldwin finally steps into the limelight on his own with a new EP, including the single Love You With My Eyes Closed.
Watch the attached video to check out excerpts of music from Michael Kiwanuka, Meaghan Smith and Adam Baldwin.