So I got this email today from Gary Quinn who is originally from Ireland and now based in the UK, asking me to just take a listen to his fan funded self-titled cd, "Gary Quinn" and wow, I'm so glad I took the time to listen and I think you will be too. All tracks on this cd are self-penned or co-writes. This just goes to show you that country music and great songwriting isn't just based in the US, it's worldwide. Gary has opened for the CMA Songwriters Series, performing with some of country's best songwriters such as Bob DiPiero and Sugarland's Kristian Bush. He's definitely worth your time. Go check him out, you will be so glad you did. We need more artists like Gary who bring it back to the simplicity of the music.
You can connect with Gary online at:
Official Website: www.garyjpquinn.co.uk/music
Described as having a cool modern sound with echoes of the past, Gary Quinn is a 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. Quinn’s heart-filled songs cover contrasting subjects from the up-tempo ‘Live Each Day’ to the moody love song ‘He Don’t Show Her Anymore’.
Born and raised in Ireland Quinn listened to his father’s Kris Kristofferson tapes and then fell in love with the new country music coming out of America after hearing the Garth Brooks album ‘No Fences’ in the early 1990’s.
After releasing a five-track EP, Quinn’s songs have been heard on radio stations in his native Ireland, UK, America and Australia. He has opened for top touring US country artists and appeared at several prestigious music festivals in Ireland, UK and America.
Quinn’s self-penned ‘He Don’t Show Her Anymore’ received the runner-up accolade in the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival International Song Writing Competition in 2010. Subsequently he performed at the festival in 2010, 2011 and 2012 where he 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.
In February 2013 Gary shared the stage with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Hall of Fame Songwriter Bob DiPiero as part of the CMA Songwriter Series that visited Europe. In March 2012 Gary was invited to perform at the Belfast Nashville Songwriter Showcase in Nashville and shared the stage with hit 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. This, along with opening for Gene Watson, Will Banister, Larry Gatlin, performing The Three Legs Festival (Isle of Man) and his continuing performances in the UK, led to Gary being nominated for 2 British Country Music Awards for 2012.
The latest offering from Quinn entitled ‘This Cowboy’s Heart’ can currently be heard on radio stations across the UK and Europe. New tracks for Quinn’s debut album are currently in production. In the meantime Gary's music can be heard by visiting his musician Facebook web page: www.facebook.com/GaryQuinnMusic
“Gary has an engaging country voice and style. Emotional with shades, to these ears at least, of Dan Seals and Kristofferson (one of his earliest influences) in there and he certainly sings straight from the heart. His compositions are superbly crafted - poignant and at times haunting. As he says "There is a strong heritage of country music in Ireland". I reckon young Gary is heading for the top but you can check him out for yourself at www.myspace.com/GaryJPQuinn.”