Orlando native nominated for NAACP Image Award

Mykal Kilgore

SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER

LOS ANGELES – Mykal Kilgore recently was named an Outstanding New Artist nominee for the 51st NAACP Image AwardsHis 2019 debut album is A Man Born Black.’’

The award-winning Broadway performer is using his voice to share his truths. He is a graduate of Edgewater High School in Orlando and will be inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame this year for his accomplishments.  

The NAACP Image Awards will take place Feb. 21-22 with a live broadcast on BET on Feb. 22. Supporters can vote for Kilgore at https://vote.naacpimageawards.net/Register. Voting ends on Feb. 7.

Kilgore has been compared to many of the great voices of jazz, blues, R&B, funk and gospel, including Billie Holiday, Donnie Hathaway, Aretha Franklin and others. His debut album, A Man Born Black,’’ has been revered as 32 minutes of pure, unfiltered, musical emotion.’’  

With lead single “Let Me Go,’’ Kilgore delivers a soulful, timeless ballad. The project quickly made its way to five Billboard charts and No. 2 on iTunes.

“This album was my opportunity to be transparent, unapologetic and intentional about the life that I live. To be nominated by my peers and recognized by such a historical organization is such an honor.  I am very thankful to those who have welcomed me and my music,” he said.

In addition to Kilgore’s nomination, he also announced his 2020 Born Black tour. The sevencity tour stopped in New York, Atlanta, Annapolis, Nashville and Chicago. Philadelphia and Cincinnati are up next.  

Under the tutelage of Grammy, Emmy and Tony award winner Billy Porter, Kilgore has been a shining star in the theater world. His most recognized work includes Motown the Musical,” “Book of Mormon, Hair, NBC’s The Wiz Live!’’ and Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.’’

He is also known from his viral video “Reclaiming My Time” inspired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters. 

For more information on Kilgore, his music and tour, visit www.mykalkilgore.com

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