Described as having a cool modern sound with echoes of the past, Gary Quinn is an award winning singer-songwriter that knows how to pull on the heartstrings of his audiences. Creating beautifully crafted lyrics he draws you in with his acoustic driven performances of rock infused country balanced with the traditional.
Hear our interview with Gary from mid-March 2014 at Country 2 Country in London:
Born and raised in Ireland, Quinn listened to his fatherâ€™s Kris Kristofferson tapes and then fell in love with the new country music coming out of America after hearing the Garth Brooks album â€˜No Fencesâ€™ in the early 1990â€™s.
Having just released his self titled debut album ‘GARY QUINN’, a 10 track offering of self penned material, Quinnâ€™s songs can be heard on radio stations in his native Ireland, UK, America and Australia. National recognition has already been received as a track from the album, â€˜He Donâ€™t Show Her Anymoreâ€™, was awarded â€˜Song of the Yearâ€™ by the British Country Music Awards for 2013.
He Don’t Show Her Anymore (Official Video)
In February this year Gary was asked to share the stage with Sugarlandâ€™s Kristian Bush and Hall of Fame Songwriter Bob DiPiero as part of the CMA Songwriter Series that visited Europe. Gary has also been busy during the UK festival period appearing at the Americana International and Wolvestock Festivals with The Gary Quinn Band. This, coupled with opening for artists such as Jenn Bostic, Christian Kane and touring with Nikki Gilllis, has helped Gary bag himself a further nomination for ‘Solo Act of the Year’ by the BCMAwards and an invitation to perform at the awards taking place in London in November.
Gary has performed at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival for the past 4 years where he has shared the stage with Nashville recording artists like Carlene Carter, John Brannen and Nanci Griffith as well as opening for the CMA Songwriter Series show that included Clint Black, Bill Anderson and Bob DiPeiro.
Gary Performing at the 2012 CMA Global Artist Party
In March 2012 Gary was invited to perform at the Belfast Nashville Songwriter Showcase in Nashville and shared the stage with hugely successful songwriters Billy Montana and Pam Rose. Gary was back in Nashville in June 2012 as he was invited to sing at the prestigious CMA Global Artist Party and CMA Music Fest (in the past known as Fan Fair) in downtown Nashville. After opening for Gene Watson, Will Banister, Larry Gatlin, appearing at The Three Legs Festival (Isle of Man) and his continuing performances in the UK, Gary was nominated for 2 British Country Music Awards in 2012.
Gary has also had the opportunity to open for Nashville recording artists such as Collin Raye, Bill Anderson and Clint Black in the past number of years.
Quinn’s ability to write songs have been recognised by the UK Songwriting Contest as ‘I Love To Watch You Leave’ (2012), ‘Dodge Your Bullet’ (2013) and ‘Rewind’ (2013) were all certified Finalists in the Country Category. All of these songs can be heard on Gary’s latest self titled offering ‘Gary Quinn’. Gary was also awarded the Grand Prize by the Nashville International Song & Lyric Competition for Christmas 2012 with his composition ‘Festive Moonshine’.
Gary continues to write and perform all over the UK and further afield with dates for Europe with The Gary Quinn Band already in the diary for 2014. Be sure to keep up to date with all of his shows by visiting his facebook and twitter pages.
You can also check out Gary’s official website for the latest tour information.