| Mike Kirkland|| Singer|
| Don't Sell Your Soul, Hang On In There, Doin' It Right, Back Home|
Mike and The Censations, Eugene Blacknell, The Propositions, Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis, Darondo
Mike James Kirkland Wikipedia
Mike James Kirkland (born 1949, Yazoo City, Mississippi) is an American R&B singer. Kirkland and his brother Robert Kirkland issued two albums, Hang on in There (1972) and Doin' it Right (1973), following the style and social comment of artists like Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield. He was also half of the duo Bo Kirkland.
Mike James Kirkland grew up singing gospel and doo wop. Kirkland and his brother eventually settled in California where they started a record label, Bryan Records, so they could release love songs and soul music that Kirkland was working on. The brothers released two albums, which both echoed socially conscious soul music of the time. The reputation of the albums slowly grew and spread over the following years, ending with reissues in the '90s by Luv N Haight.
In 2010, John Legend (R&B Singer) released an album that includes a cover of one of Kirkland's classics, "Hang On In There," which brought a new generation of listeners to his music.
“If we were on a bigger label we would have done amazing things,” reminisces Kirkland. “But we did the best we could. I’m amazed that John Legend has decided to cover the title track of my first album, that’s very cool.”
Albums:Hang on in There 1972, reissued 1999
Doin' it Right 1973, reissued 1999
Singles:"Victim of Circumstance", Mike & the Censations 1965 - Top 50 R&B
"There is Nothing I Can Do About It", Mike & the Censations - Top 50 R&B
"Together" / "The Prophet", Mike James Kirkland 1971