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Brian Kennedy (singer)

Brian Kennedy
Birth name Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy
Born (1966-10-12) 12 October 1966
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Genres Rock, pop, country
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, author
Instruments Vocalist, Guitarist, Keyboardist
Associated acts Van Morrison
Website Brian Kennedy official site

Brian Edward Patrick Kennedy (born 12 October 1966, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is an Irish singer-songwriter and author, who is known for his ballads, and has represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2006. He is the younger brother of musician Bap Kennedy.


  • Personal life 1
  • Music career 2
  • Discography 3
    • Solo 3.1
  • Sweetmouth 4
  • Television 5
  • Writing 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Personal life

Kennedy was born and grew up on the Falls Road in Belfast. He has described in public the violence of The Troubles, during his childhood and teen years.[1] He once described seeing a young man being chased and then shot dead by a British soldier a few feet away from him. He also would harmonise with police, ambulance and fire engine sirens.[2]

Kennedy came out as gay in 2009.[3] He is a long-term friend of Katharine Sullivan McArdle.[4]

Music career

Kennedy came to prominence with the masses as one of

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Donna & Joe
with "Love?"
Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "They Can't Stop The Spring"
  • Brian Kennedy official site
  • The Brighter Life of Brian The Age
  • Brian Kennedy on Twitter
  • Brian Kennedy Youtube Channel
  • Brian Kennedy on Itunes
  • Brian Kennedy Live in the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen.

External links

  1. ^ RTE Radio On Playback, 19 April 2008
  2. ^ a b Biography Brian Kennedy
  3. ^ "Brian Kennedy reveals his coming-out torment". Belfast Telegraph (Independent News & Media). 1 September 2009. Retrieved 23 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "At Home with Katherine McArdle". Hot Press. 11 December 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2009. 
  5. ^ "Eurovision 2011: 18 bizarre facts about the contest" The Telegraph, 13 May 2011
  6. ^ "BRIAN KENNEDY – Video Archive". Balcony TV. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 299.  
  8. ^ Finn, Melanie (28 October 2011). "Bressie's in the hotseat in search for the Voice". Evening Herald. Retrieved 28 October 2011. 


See also

  • The Arrival of Fergal Flynn (Hodder, 2004), a novel
  • Roman Song (Hodder, 2005), a novel


Kennedy was a coach on the first series of The Voice of Ireland.[8]


In Sweetmouth, Kennedy was joined by Mark Nevin, formerly of Fairground Attraction; their album, Goodbye to Songtown (August 1991), featured the songs written by Nevin for a second Fairground Attraction album, which was never realized.


Other Songs
  • "Hollow" (1990)
  • "Captured" (1990)
  • "Believe It" (1990)
  • "A Better Man" (1996) – UK No. 28[7]
  • "Life Love And Happiness" (1996) – UK No. 27[7]
  • "Put The Message in the Box" (1997) – World Party cover – UK No. 37[7]
  • "Get on With Your Short Life" (2002)
  • "[7]
  • "If You Don't Believe in Me" (2006)
  • "Destination" (2006)
  • "Every Song Is A Cry For Love" (2006)
  • "Tandeming Ports of MCO" (2013)
  • The Great War of Words (1990) – UK No. 64
  • A Better Man (1996) – UK No. 19[7]
  • Now That I Know What I Want (1999)
  • Won't You Take Me Home (2000)
  • Get on With Your Short Life (2001)
  • On Song (2003)
  • Live in Belfast (2004)
  • On Song 2: Red Sails in the Sunset (2005)
  • Homebird (2006)
  • Interpretations (2008)
  • The Very Best Of Brian Kennedy (2010)
  • Voice (2012)
  • A Love Letter To Joni (2013)



On 23 August 2010, Brian Kennedy played a version of 'Christopher Street' on a small Balcony overlooking Dame Street, Dublin for the music viral show BalconyTV.[6]

Kennedy performed at the opening of new studios for his local station Belfast CityBeat in 2006. In July 2008, he joined the judging panel of the Citybeat Young Star Search, Northern Ireland's biggest kids talent search.

He performed on the original George Best.

Kennedy was chosen as the Irish competitor for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens, where he sang the self-penned "Every Song is a Cry for Love". Kennedy's performance in the contest's semi-finals marked the 1000th song[5] to feature in the history of the Eurovision competition. Following qualification, Kennedy finished tenth in the finals on 20 May, with 93 points.

. Get on With Your Short Life He had a minor UK radio airplay hit with the title track from his 2001 album [2]

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