After twenty years of being one of the genre’s most sought-after side-men, arranger, writer, producer and keyboard player Kim S. Hansen is stepping center stage with his debut single, the infectiously vibrant “To the Limit”. Not only is it a fine example of smooth jazz circa 2018 but, given he plays both keyboards and all guitars throughout, stands also as a glowing tribute to his multi-faceted artistry.
Since his arrival in LA from Denmark in 1997, and starting out as Musical Director for the Grammy-nominated and platinum-selling recording artist Maxine Nightingale, Kim has gone on to tour or record with the likes of Patti Austin, Howard Hewitt, Earl Klugh, Peabo Bryson, Bobby Lyle, Oleta Adams, Doc Powell, Steve Oliver, Jeff Kashiwa, Paul Jackson Jr., Everette Harp, George Duke, Nils, Phil Perry, Michael Lington and, significantly, U-Nam with whom he has played many times. This has included cameo appearances on the U-Nam “Live @ Anthology” DVD and his “Give Me the Night” video.
In fact, his smooth jazz career really took off through a chance encounter with legendary drummer Ricky Lawson when they were both hired for the same TV show. Kim quickly came to regard Lawson as his musical mentor and when he booked Hansen as Musical Director for the nationwide “Winans Family Reunion Tour” things began to happen. He continues to write prolifically for both television and the movies while with “To the Limit” his musical evolution is entering an exciting new phase.
Out on Skytown Records, “To the Limit” radio single will be going for adds on March 26th, 2018.