GARY QUINN has been described as having a modern country sound with echoes of the past.
Fresh from winning the awards for 'UK Song of the Year' and 'Songwriter of the Year' at the 2014 British Country Music Awards (BCMAwards) in London, Northern Irishman and Greater Manchester based Country Artist Gary Quinn is a name that is rapidly on the rise. Gary scooped the award for best UK song for the second year in a row for 'The Power of Me and You' from his crowd-funded debut album, with the tracks also strong enough for him to claim the songwriter’s prize ahead of some of the most hyped names on the UK country scene. National recognition for the album had already been received as ‘He Don’t Show Her Anymore’, was awarded ‘Song of the Year’ by the BCMAwards last year.
"I had been waiting for Gary's new album for some time, and it lived up to my expectation. Gary is just what the UK country music scene needs - someone who is passionate about modern country music, yet respectful of its traditions, and ensures his work is recorded to the highest production standards." Allan Watkiss - CMA International Broadcaster & Director of UKCountryRadio.com
Gary and his band have performed at the prestigious Country2Country Festival in London's O2 Arena that was headlined by Brad Paisley and The Zac Brown Band as well as festivals the length and breadth of the UK. Additionally, Gary was asked to share the stage with Sugarland’s Kristian Bush and Hall of Fame Songwriter Bob DiPiero as part of the CMA Songwriter Series that visited Europe. This, coupled with recently performing alongside James House at a sold out Troubadour Cafe in London has helped propel his name in the UK and Ireland.
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.
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.
Gary has also had the opportunity to open for Nashville recording artists such as Collin Raye, Larry Gatlin and Gene Watson 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 Christmas 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 2015. Be sure to keep up to date with all of his shows by visiting his facebook and twitter pages.
2014 - British Country Music Awards - 'UK Song of the Year' - 'The Power Of Me And You' (G. Quinn & D. C. Banning)
2014 - British Country Music Awards - 'Songwriter of the Year'
2013 - British Country Music Awards - 'UK Song of the Year' - 'He Don't Show Her Anymore' (G. Quinn)
2012 - Nashville International Song & Lyric Competition for Christmas Winner - 'Festive Moonshine'
2010 - Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival International Songwriting Competition - Runner Up