He’s shared the stage with Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker. This, and some 12 chart-making albums, has made Brian Kennedy one of Northern Ireland’s foremost singing stars.
This, and some 12 chart-making albums, has made Brian Kennedy one of Northern Ireland’s foremost singing stars.
Kennedy, who returns to the Platform in Morecambe this Friday (November 1) at 8pm, has accompanied Morrison on five of his major albums, sung alongside Stevie Wonder and Jeff Buckley, and appeared as a judge on ‘The Voice of Ireland’.
Brian survived a childhood on the infamous Falls Road, West Belfast at the height of the Troubles to carve an extraordinary career in music.
In his own words he says, “I shouldn’t have become a singer really, given where and how my life started, but my voice had other plans and saved me in the end.”
His albums ‘A Better Man’ (1996) and ‘Now That I Know What I Want’ (1999) both went platinum at number one in Ireland and earned him the awards of Irish Best Male Artist and Irish Best Male Album.
His single, ‘You Raise Me Up’, from the 2005 ‘Tribute’ album to George Best entered the UK charts top 5, as did the highly acclaimed ‘Homebird’ (2006) and cover album ‘Interpretations’ (2008). Brian’s new album ‘VOICE’ entered the album chart at number three in 2012.
He has also received many prestigious awards, including the 2010 Ireland Meteor Life Achievement Award for Music, and an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Ulster.
Tickets to see him cost £17.50 and are available from the box office at Morecambe Visitor Information Centre, The Platform or by calling 01524 582803.