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12 Iconic Mykal Kilgore Moments

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Is there anything Mykal Kilgore can’t sing? From Broadway to TV to movies and his Grammy-nominated album, Kilgore has shown he can make anything and everything sound good. Check out Kilgore and his absolutely killer voice in the clips below.

Viral Videos

Kilgore first went viral with his creative YouTube videos, where he recorded himself singing every part of a song, from lead to backup vocals, then blending them into one unified harmony. In addition to covering popular songs, Kilgore wrote originals like “Reclaiming My Time,” inspired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ questioning during a during a House Financial Services Committee hearing.

Postmodern Jukebox

Kilgore’s reimagining of pop hits in what he calls an “African American golden era of jazz style” is some of the best music out in the Postmodern Jukebox catalog. His performance of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” caught the attention of Titanic star Kate Winslet as well as Dion herself.

Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert

Talk about stealing the show: Kilgore’s performance on the small-screen adaptation of Jesus Christ Superstar was praised by critics. See why with these clips from “Heaven On Their Minds” and “Could We Start Again Please.”

Collateral Beauty

Kilgore also appeared on the big screen, making an appearance in Will Smith’s Collateral Beauty. His memorable performance of “Oh, What a Beautiful City” quietly stole the show.

The Wiz Live!

Kilgore returned to TV again with The Wiz Live!, where he once again stole the show when he showed off his multi-octave voice. Hear him sing “Home” here.

The Greatest Showman

First, Kilgore provided backing vocals to Keala Settle on “This is Me” (you can see him in this behind-the-scenes video from the making of the movie) then slayed it as a headliner for the New York Pops’ Movie Mixtape concert at Carnegie Hall. In 2020, he reprised the song with an all-queer cast for National Coming Out Day.

Songs for a New World

In 2018, Kilgore was tapped for Songs for a New World, a new incarnation of Jason Robert Brown’s classic musical that examines life, love, and the choices we make. The experience changed the way he approached performing, and it shows – watch him perform “King of the World” here.

Dear Evan Hansen

At the request of writers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Kilgore loaned his voice to the virtual chorus on Dear Evan Hansen. He has also performed the musical’s most popular song, “You Will Be Found,” with the writers.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Kilgore joined Dear Evan Hansen alum Noah Galvin on stage at the Lincoln Center in the role of Judah, where he riffed his way through “Benjamin Calypso.”

A Man Born Black

Kilgore hit all the right notes in his debut album, A Man Born Black, which earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance – making him the first openly gay artist to receive a nomination in the category. Listen to his hit, “Let Me Go.”

Broadway Sings Whitney Houston

Yes, he was part of a revue, but as far as we’re concerned, Kilgore was the whole entire show. His goosebump-inducing performance of “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” includes a gorgeous 17-second note, ending in a riff – the singer’s equivalent of Simone Biles landing the famously complicated Yurchenko Double Pike.

The Man in the Barbershop

Ahead of his 2021 tour (which includes a stop in Chandler, AZ) Kilgore released a new single, an anthem to the beauty of black men. Listen to “The Man in the Barbershop” here.

Kilgore will perform on stage alongside jazz great Jamison Ross at the Chandler Center for the Arts on October 10, 2021. Tickets begin at $36, and a VIP offering, which includes a meet-and-greet with Kilgore and Ross, is priced at $150. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at 480-782-2680.