You can now pre-order the new GQ single 'SHAME' via iTunes right here: PRE-ORDER - SHAME
GQ says of 'Shame':
"Shame really came from a situation I was looking in on. I could see a person making the same mistake and getting hurt but never learning from it. I was also listening to Lady Antebellum’s song ‘Need You Now’ which triggered me to thinking that although in their song it all ends ‘happily ever after’ I felt that it sounded like someone might get hurt. Hence ‘Shame’ was born almost as a reply to ‘Need You Now’ and the subject needed a little more of an edgy sound on the recording, which I feel we achieved and I’m pretty excited about people hearing it".
BCMA Award 2016 Nominees announced...
The nominees for the prestigious British Country Music Awards have been announced.
This event has attracted and become the benchmark for many artists who were previously unknown to the Country music fans who just attend the many events around the club scene and as Country music in the UK grows more and more young acts have been enticed to the genre and so these awards recognise those up and coming artists both here and abroad as well as the more celebrated performers. They are open to all.
Members of the British Country Music Association will have the final say on the winners when voting takes place.
Nominees for the 2016 British Country Music Association Awards have been announced with the winners of each category to be declared on the 30th of October at the awards evening in London. GQ has been nominated in the following categories:
Gary would like to publicly thank all the members of The Gary Quinn Band for their efforts and talent this last 12 months and helping him get the above recognition.
Additionally we want to wish congratulations and good luck to all the nominees!
Buckle & Boots Fest 2016
GQ's set went down a treat at this year's Buckle & Boots Fest in Manchester! Congrats to the Buckle & Boots team on a great event. The highlight for GQ was being invited on stage by US Artist Phil Vassar to perform a duet of Kris Krisfofferson's 'Help Me Make It Through The Night'! Go check out W21 Music's review right here: Buckle & Boots Review
(Photo credit: DJS Photography)
Official Lyric Video for 'Live Each Day
So here it is, the official lyric video to 'Live Each Day'. Thank you to each and everyone of you for sending in your #LiveEachDay pics and videos. It's made this a truly special project. This is a very personal song and to have family, friends and fan involvement means a great deal! A big shout out to Lewis Rogers and the LRAnimation team for putting everything together. Also, a special thanks to the crew at Fort San Antone for their hospitality recently and all those who participated (in particular the very humble and talented Sasha McVeigh and the Acoustic Journey boys)!
Hope you enjoy!
GQ added to line-up for a return to 229 London
After a huge success last year, Rising Stars is once again dusting off its finest cowboy boots in anticipation of a Country night that is packed with more talent than ever before! If you love your music live and you want to experience the new wave Country phenomenon, we've got one doozy of a night planned for you.
Join us as a fresh batch of incredible young bands and mesmerising singers fill the 229 with some sultry southern sounds that will have you stomping your feet and throwing your cowboy hats in the air. This next generation of UK artists is transforming the sound of country as we speak, so come and witness the revolution!
Tickets: Click here
Buckle & Boots Country Festival announce their first artist line-up...
The inaugural Buckle & Boots Country Festival will be held over three consecutive days – Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June, 2016 – in the scenic surroundings of Etherow County Park, Stockport near Manchester.
The festival line-up will be announced in planned stages with the first round of artists announced today (Monday 25th January, 2016) below:
GQ to play Manchester's Ruby Lounge as guest to Aaron Watson...
US country artist Aarton Watson will visit Manchester on Tuesday 26th to play The Ruby Lounge as part of his European tour. Gary has been added to an already stellar line-up, joining Sam Outlaw (from Los Angeles). Go grab a ticket for what is sure to be a great night.
Tickets: Click here
Official video for 'Dodge Your Bullet'...
GQ is delighted to announce his latest collaboration with CountryBox.net! The official video for 'Dodge Your Bullet'!!
Please check it out and share on social media with your comments ;)!
British Country Music Awards Nominees announced for 2015...
Nominees for the 2015 British Country Music Awards have been announced with the winners of each category to be declared on the 24th of October at the awards evening in London. Gary and his band have been nominated for 'Group of the Year'.
Gary would like to publicly thank all the members of The Gary Quinn Band for their efforts and talent this last 12 months and helping him get the above recognition. We'd also like to wish GQ Band guitarist Luke and his Fiancée (and our good friend) Mel (of Luke & Mel) the best of luck with their BCMAward nominations.
Additionally we want to praise GQ Band keyboard player Iain Bradshaw on his nomination for Musician of the Year. Finally, congratulations and good luck to all nominees!
Gary Quinn and Luke & Mel to take ‘In The Round’ concerts on the road.
Think Country Promotions and Chris Country Radio are proud to present a new ‘In The Round’ touring show featuring UK country stars Gary Quinn and Luke & Mel as hosts. Playing four nights in August across some of the UK's biggest cities, the award winning songwriters will be joined by Liv Austen, Dexeter, Ethan Allen and Brian Hughes in a night of songs, stories and laughter.
'In The Round’ shows are very popular in country music’s home of Nashville, which lead to the founding of the CMA Songwriters Series that tours all over the world. Now fans can enjoy their favourite UK country artists getting in on the act too.
Tickets for general admission are now on sale with some early bird tickets still available, so book now to save money and avoid disappointment. See above for full tour dates and links to purchase tickets.
GQ Live Acoustic Sessions for CountryBox.net
GQ recently shot some acoustic videos of songs from the current album with the good people over at CountryBox.net. Be sure to have a look and listen to what they got up to!! Let us know your thoughts over on Twitter!! @GaryQuinnMusic
Tracks include: 'Rewind', 'I Forgot About You', 'Dodge Your Bullet' & ' On Your Way Out'.
GQ returns to perform Europe’s largest Country Festival.
Fans will get a rare chance to discover a broad range of artists as they play free intimate shows on pop-up stages around The O2, showcasing their talents and proving that country music continues to grow in popularity in the UK. There will be 40 performances for each day on various stages including the newly named Big Entrance stage and Music Mile stage.
Northern Irish country artist Gary Quinn joins name artists, including The Shires, CMA Award winning songwriters Jon Randall and Jessie Alexander (who are also featured in Friday night’s CMA Songwriters Series at indigo at The O2) and Ward Thomas - who made their C2C debut as a relatively unknown duo in 2014 but have since had a great year with singles playlisted at BBC Radio 2. The pop-up stages will open from 11am with acts in full swing by midday.
“I’m delighted to be invited back to perform the Pop-Up Stages at this year’s C2C. I’m really excited to share my new music with all the country music fans that will visit London in March. To be playing the same day as Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean is a real honour!”
You can catch Gary perform on Sunday 8th on The Saloon Stage at 15:55 and then straight after you can meet Gary and pick up a copy of his album as well as receive a FREE signed photo at The Saloon Stage.
GQ goes with G7th!!
We're delighted to announce here at TeamGQ that Gary has been invited into the G7th Capo Company family as an endorsed Artist. Gary is delighted to be involved with the UK based company and is looking forward to using their sleek styled and highly functional guitar capos. Be sure to head over to www.g7th.com and have a look.
Gary picks up TWO BCMAwards...
Northern Irish singer-songwriter Gary Quinn has been celebrating after picking up the ‘UK Song of the Year’ AND the ‘Songwriter of the Year’ honours at this year’s British Country Music Awards ceremony in London. Gary also performed the award winning song; ‘The Power Of Me And You’ (a co-write with fellow writer David C Banning, Texas) at the country gala in the Concorde Suite at Heathrow where he was nominated in an unprecedented six categories.
Gary said after picking up the awards “It’s a great honour to be nominated alongside such an abundance of talent but to come away a double winner feels amazing.”
This is the third year that Gary has been nominated for a British Country Music Award. Last year he also scooped the prize for ‘UK Song of the Year’ with ‘He Don’t Show Her Anymore’. This year saw him nominated in the ‘Album of the Year’, ‘UK Song of the Year’, ‘Songwriter of the Year’, ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’, ‘Band of the Year’ and ‘Radio Act of the Year’ categories. “It’s a big night for the UK country music industry. The place was a sell out once again with a lot of influential people from both sides of the Atlantic represented,” Gary explains.
Among those performing on the night was 4 times Grammy Winner and Grand Ole Opry Member Steve Wariner who Gary got time to meet and exchange contacts with. "Meeting Steve Wariner again was really special. It was nice to reminisce about the time we met at an event in Nashville a few years ago and we discussed the possibility of doing something together next year."
The wins cap a really successful 2014 for Gary. “To be recognised in this manner is fantastic,” he says. “It caps off a year of memorable moments. Playing at the C2C Festival in London’s O2 Arena in March, sharing the stage with James House and playing Denmark for the first time. I’m really excited for the coming year ahead!”
Other winners on the night included The Shires, Ward Thomas, Raintown, Luke & Mel, Brad Paisley, Chris Young and Eric Church.
British Country Music Awards Nominees announced for 2014...
Nominees for the 2014 British Country Music Awards have been announced with the winners of each category to be declared on the 24th of November at the awards evening in London. Gary is absolutely thrilled to find himself nominated for 6 BCMAwards and is really looking forward to performing once again at the event alongside 4 time Grammy Award Winner & US Country Singer-Songwriter STEVE WARNIER!! Some tickets are still available via the following link: www.bcmawards.co.uk
Here is a list of the award categories GQ is nominated for:
Gary set for YEEHAW UK Festival
This Friday, Sept 5th, will see Gary Quinn take to the stage for the first YEEHAW UK Country Music Festival. Gary joins a great line-up that includes fellow UK artists The Shires, Ward Thomas and Raintown as well as Rhianna Estrada, M Callahan and Chase Allan from the US. Tickets available here: http://www.yeehawuk.com
UKCountryRadio.com Award Nomination for GQ
Gary is set to perform an acoustic set at the UKCountryRadio.com's 7th Birthday Party Celebrations due to take place on Sat Sept 13th in the Yew Lodge Hotel, Kegworth near Derby. As well as celebrating the radio station's 7th year, UKCountryRadio.com will also be presenting a UK artist with the 'UK Country Artist of the Year' award for 2014 of which Gary finds himself among the nominees. For details on tickets please visit: http://www.ukcountryradio.com/birthday.php
Gary shares the stage with James House for '2Country presents In The Round'
Gary took to the stage for '2Country presents In The Round' with James House and Lucy May recently in London's Troubadour Café and performed to a sell out crowd. A great night had by all! Picture credit: Flexography.com
Gary set to play Country 2 Country in London
Northern Irish country artist Gary Quinn has been announced to join an eclectic selection of up-and-coming acts to appear on the Pop-Up Stages at Country to Country (C2C) taking place in The O2 Arena, London in March. These shows are free and will follow the huge success of last year’s gigs where the cream of new talent were given a stage to showcase their talents and prove that country music has a very strong future in the UK.
There is no shortage of talent on offer as all the artists on the Pop-Up Stages have really worked hard to earn their places at the festival. Gary, from Omagh now living in Manchester, was a recent recipient of the ‘UK Song of the Year’ at the British Country Music Awards and continues to get positive reviews for his debut album with editor of Country Music People magazine Duncan Warwick saying;
“If there’s a writer from this side of the pond capable of a career as a tunesmith on Music Row, Gary Quinn is it..”
Quinn joins Jill and Kate from Nashville who have toured internationally as Kelly Clarkson’s backing singers, Jill Johnson who is a platinum selling artist in her native Sweden and Striking Matches who are currently in the UK courtesy of the Nashville Convention and Vistors Corporation and will appear as part of the recently announced CMA Songwriters Series on Friday 14th March. The CMA Songwriters Series will be something that is familiar to fans of Quinn as he shared the stage with Bob DiPiero and Kristian Bush when the show last visited Europe in Feb 2013 as part of the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival.
“To be selected to perform the Pop-Up Stages at this year’s C2C is something I’m extremely proud of and I’m really excited to share my music with all the country music fans that will visit London in March. To be playing the same day as country mega stars Brad Paisley, The Rascal Flatts, Chris Young and The Band Perry is a real honour and an opportunity I intend to grab with both hands!”
You can catch Gary for free on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March (full band) on the Town Square Pop-Up Stage in the O2. Tickets are still available for the evening show on the Sunday via the following links www.gigsandtours.com/tour/c2c-country-to-country or www.axs.com/c2c
Country star Gary bags ‘Song of the Year’!!
John McCusker (Ulsterherald)
OMAGH singer-songwriter Gary Quinn was celebrating this week after picking up the ‘Song of the Year’ title at last weekend’s British Country Music Awards in London.
Gary’s performance of his self-penned, ‘He Don’t Show Her Anymore’ was voted tops by judges at the awards ceremony in the Concorde Suite at Heathrow on Sunday night. The singer – who is currently based in Wigan – plans to return home for Christmas and already has his sights on furthering his career into 2014. “It’s been a while coming, but I’m delighted,” Gary said after picking up the award. “It really lifts you and puts you on a pedestal.” This is the second year that Gary has been nominated for the British Country Music Awards. Last year he was in the category ‘Best Horizon Act’ for up-and-coming artistes. This year he was nominated in the ‘Solo Artist’ and ‘Song of the Year’ categories. “It is a big thing for the industry. The place was packed with 500 people with a lot of influential people and the likes of Sony and O2 Events represented,” Gary explains.
Among those performing on the night were Charlie Landsborough, Henry Smith, Pete Kennedy and Grammy-nominated U.S. singer/ songwriter Billy Yates who was on tour over here last week. Gary performed two songs on the night – the award-winning ‘He Don’t Show Her Anymore’ and ‘I Love To Watch You Leave.’ “I said this time last year that it would be great to be back performing and to win an award and I’ve done both. “It was fantastic and I got such a buzz from performing before such an audience. Then to top it off, the winning of the ‘Song of the Year’ was just the icing on the cake.” It has been exciting packed year for Gary – from touring with the band, to launching the album and performing at a series festival concerts. Now this win caps a hugely successful 2013. “To be recognised in this manner is fantastic,” he says. “This is an industry-voted award and holds a lot of credibility. I plan to use it when I approach the likes of radio stations and venues and hopefully it will be a huge door-opener for me.”
2Country.net Acoustic Sessions
Gary is delighted to have teamed up with online radio station 2Country.net to perform a selection of songs from his debut album 'GARY QUINN' for their very first '2Country Acoustic Sessions'.
'He Don't Show Her Anymore' (Official Music Video)
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