CORMAC NEESON White Feather album nominated for the NI Music Prize 2019
Cormac Neeson‘s stunning debut solo album ‘White Feather’ has been nominated and is on the shortlist for the prestigious NI Music Prize 2019 Album of The Year.
The NI Music Prize, now in its sixth year, celebrates the pinnacle of Northern Irish music and nominees are shortlisted by people from across all areas of the music industry – media, live music, retail, promoters and others from elsewhere in the arts.
This is a huge achievement for Neeson, as not only is it his solo debut, but he’s stepping away from the more familiar rock arena and entering new territory with this sound that embraces American Blues and Soul. A phenomenal effort from this exceptional talented singer-songwriter
See link below – https://www.nimusicprize.com
The award takes place in Belfast Ulster Hall on Nov 7th and will be a panel vote.
Snow Patrol will be honoured at the event with the Legend Award.
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Cormac Neeson’s new ‘White Feather’ album, released earlier this year, has propelled Neeson into the life-affirming world of the singer/songwriter with a series of beautifully crafted, introspective songs that draw on a recent past that has served up its fair share of challenges and heartache.
White Feather’ was recorded in 2018 at the legendary Nashville Studio 19, now the Sound Kitchen. Neeson immersed himself in the rich musical history of both the studio and the city, channelling re-energised creativity working with some of the finest Nashville musicians including Steve Grossman on drums (Gibson Miller band, India Arie), Doug Kahan on bass (Cody Johnson) and John Heinrich on Pedal Steel (Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, and Tammy Wynette).
Following the album tracking, Cormac returned to complete dubbing and mixing in Belfast where he brought in some of Northern Ireland’s finest musicians to help with final arrangements. The result is a powerful blend of two diverse and rich musical cultures, a Celtic-Nashville concoction connected by Neeson’s unique vocal tones and songwriting prowess.
Performing songs co-written with leading USA and Nashville country writers including 2016 Tennessee songwriter of the year Corey Lee Barker; Steve O Brien, Blue Miller, Chase Akers, Blake Densmore and Allen McKendree Palmer who between them have sold in excess of 30 million songs.
“Everything I am is wrapped up in this record. I’ve been, at times, brutally honest with myself and tried to create something with real truth and power attached to it. Whether other people hear White Feather and relate to the message or not, I know I’ve written a collection of songs that mean more to me than anything I’ve ever done in the past”
It’s no surprise then that much of the powerful subject matter of White Feather album is rooted in the life-changing events of the past five years.
“White Feather isn’t a rock record but rather a collection which embraces Americana, Folk music, Delta Blues and Gospel Soul, in many ways, it’s the heaviest set of songs to which the singer has attached his name. A celebration of life, it’s a moving meditation upon the value of shared human connections”
Planet Rock Magazine
“It’s beautiful, uplifting and worth taking the time out to listen” BBC NI Across The Line
“Powerfully authentic, reflective and emotional, he deals with intimate feelings of sadness, frustration and dark times, seeking emotional refuge in the creativity of poetic songwriting. The result is a perfect illustration of how pain can produce the greatest of art. The solo album looks set to be a great success and should take Cormac’s appeal way beyond the boundaries of rock music, opening his music up to a whole new audience. National Rock Review