ARIA nominated and Golden Guitar winning singer songwriter Kim Cheshire takes the next step in his long and storied career with his new release 'Looks Like Heaven' – the title track from his forthcoming new album set for release on 8th October 2021, and available for pre order now.
'Looks Like Heaven' follows on from the recent release of the single 'Have Mercy', Cheshire's first release in over a decade. The song's inspiration was from a place of deep introspection, contemplating life, the universe and everything in between. "The song was inspired by a TV interview I saw years ago with a little old lady reflecting on her recent near-death experience and how she shared her personal meeting with Jesus and his twelve disciples ", Cheshire says. "I watched that interview, went to bed and woke up the following day ruminating on what she'd said, and thinking about my own mortality. That rumination became 'Looks Like Heaven'."
Cheshire's career beginnings date back to the mid-1960s in England. He went professional in 1971 with Nimbus, a band who were briefly in talks with legendary producer George Martin (The Beatles, America, Jeff Beck, Cilla Black) about recording together. Relocating to Australia in the early 1980s, he worked as a band manager before playing in The Danglin Bros (a band who could count Paul Kelly and Keith Urban among their fans) before joining Rod McCormack in The Wheel, a band who notched up two ARIA Award nominations and won two Golden Guitar Awards.
None other than Felicity Urquhart says: "Kim's unique ability as a writer, singer, communicator and inspirational artist has gained him great respect over his career and that respect I've had since a teenager listening to his distinctive voice on the radio and then being mesmerized watching him at a gig. He made me want to join a band!"
Cheshire has released two solo albums, Rocking Horse to Mars in 2001 and Dead Man's Shoes in 2010. Now semi-retired and living in northern NSW, he says of his musical exploits: "I haven't always been out there playing gigs and making records, but I've always written songs. I write whether I have a project on hand or not. I consider myself a writer, someone who just wants to get stuff off my chest."
Recorded at The Music Cellar on the NSW Central Coast with legendary producer Rod McCormack (Paul Kelly, Lee Kernaghan, Troy Cassar-Daley), 'Looks Like Heaven' is a honey-soaked ode to a life well spent and hope for peace upon its inevitable conclusion. Cheshire says: "It appears that after a few of my old friends heard the song and have quietly expressed concern. Y'know "he's getting old, death looms large and he's probably just hedging his bets" kinda thing but the truth is this song is more a reflection of my never-ending fascination for all people, their beliefs, personal philosophies, passions, and existential fears whether Atheist, Buddhist, Jew, Christian, Muslim. Whatever, it's all fine with me."
'Looks Like Heaven' is a deeply fascinating look at the nature of life itself, and its warm sound and classic roots feel makes the journey worthwhile.