Dreamer the New Single Release date 23rd of March
Nigel is from a musical background, his parents had
a band and he started playing music when he was 15.
He has achieved a lot in his years of music.
Once drummer for Daniel O'Donnell, and the lead role
in "Irish the musical" Finalist in The Voice
of Ireland and somehow he has always held back from
Nigel is one of those musical talents that right now
is flying somewhat under the radar, yet he gets on stage
and sings classical music with an orchestra or rocks
the house down with his rock band and is a natural with
His vocal talents shine when you hear him sing his
own creations in an acoustic session and tell the story
behind the lyrics.
His voice is powerful.
When you talk to him you start to realise that this
is what he really wants and his dream is to be the best
and move between genres so Nigel's audiences will be
taken on a musical rollercoaster through his life.
He has held himself back until now because as a solo
artist he did not fit neatly into any one musical genre
and now I believe Nigel is saying - "what the hell"
I am going to be that solo artist who will potentially
confuse the critics but I will delight my fans.
You also realise the reach he has, Nigel has fans and
supporters right across the globe he reaches well beyond
Athboy, Nigel's hometown in County Meath Ireland.
Nigel is releasing a new single this month and it's
a big one, "Dreamer" written by John Farry
and Ralph Murphy.
It is going to be released from Sharpe Music Irelands
leading recording label.
Dreamer will be released on the 23rd of March through
iTunes and Spotify.
This song can hold its own and Nigel wants this to be
successful as a standalone number.
Nigel has connected with the lyrics and he performs
When Nigel releases Dreamer he is going back into studio
to record his own work and that his what he will go
on the road with in Ireland, Europe and beyond later
In some ways the Voice of Ireland saw Nigel step back
from his solo performances and he has been concentrating
He is now carving out his own route and in many ways
he can be compared to one of his idols Foy Vance in
terms of his attitude and approach to the industry and
then in terms of the big voice he is like Joe Dolan,
Colm Wilkinson and his versions of the Phil Collins
classic "In the Air Tonight" have to be seen
and heard to be truly appreciated.
He's an unassuming guy but when you get him talking
you realise the sincerity of the man, the passion for
making music and doing it right.
What I have learned is he has a huge depth of wisdom
about the industry and I just know that under that cap
he has other plans and ideas that will emerge as he
evolves in his solo career.
Nigel Connell 2017 BIO
Nigel Connell was born into a musical family of two
brothers and two sisters. He was the youngest of five
and once he could walk, it meant he could talk and eventually
sing, so into the family band he went and it was here
where his skills as a Drummer and Singer developed.
His first Live performance was at the age of 13 in the
family band, he later joined the The Legendary Cotton
Mill Boys and went on his first tour at the age of 15.
Addicted to the stage, Nigel went on to play with Top
Irish Acts like Matt Leavy, TR Dallas, Sean O Farrell
and Marc Roberts. Playing Support to legendary Music
luminaries such as Tammy Wynette, Don Williams, Ricky
Skaggs,Johnny Cash, June Carter, Martina MC Bride,Randy
Travis, Vince Gill,Steve Earle, Glen Campbell &John
Denver. No stranger to performing on national Television,
Nigel has performed his musical skills on a variety
of Irelands finest: Live at Three, Up for the Match,
Kenny Live, Nationwide, The Late Late Show, Phil Coulter
By his 20's Nigel was well accustomed to the Country
Music Scene, but decided it was time for a change and
began touring with Eurovision Winner Linda Martin. Upon
hearing Nigel's remarkable vocal talent, the now infamous
music manager Louis Walsh encouraged Nigel to enter
the Eurosong Contest in 1999, where he reached the Final
in Ireland but sadly didn't reach the Eurovision. The
experience was nonetheless enough incentive for Nigel
to begin work on his own recordings and so began Nigel's
own singing and songwriting career. Nigel soon got the
starring Role on Rebecca Storms 'Streisand songbook'
and Performed alongside Rebecca in Dublin's Gaiety Theatre
for Ten Shows. He then Toured Ireland from: The Cork
Opera House to The National Concert Hall Dublin. Where
he performed Live on the Phil Coulter RTE special in
2007. (Phil Coulter being a fan of Nigel's remarkable
voice said "Nigel sounds so much like Neil Diamond"
Nigel is also well known for his stunning harmony vocals
on albums such as Liam Lawton's Triple Platinum EMI
Album 'Another World' and Liam's second album "TIME".
Nigel also toured Ireland, the UK & The US as a
special guest on Liam's sell out shows. Nigel also recorded
"Silence and the Sorrow" on Liam's DVD "Live
in Kilkenny" with Acts like Brian Kennedy, Moya
Brennan, Eimer Quinn and The Celtic Tenors. Nigel has
performed in world renowned venues such as New York's
Carnegie Hall and Chicago's Old St. Patrick's Church,
State theatre Sydney, 3 Arena Dublin.
2008 / 2009
Resting off the road for a month here and there gave
Nigel the time to work on his own Debut Album, where
he recruited in the Multi Platinum Producer Mark Cahill
(who worked on the Number 1 US billboard selling album
with The Irish Tenors) whom he wrote his album with.
Featured on his debut is the track 'Keela Mae' written
by Nigel and Dan Malone for The Jack and Jill Children's
Foundation, which reached number 2 in the Download charts
and number 24 in the Irish Official charts.
Being a highly sought after as top session musician,
Nigel joined World Class Irish Country Folk Singer Daniel
O Donnell's band as his Drummer and Backing vocalist.
Nigel has toured North America, UK, Australia, New Zealand,Tasmania
and Sri Lanka to name but a few with Daniel O Donnell.
Nigel's Debut Album 'NOTHING LEFT to SAY' released in
2008 shows the true testament of Nigel's ability as
a recording artist and performer.
The album is embellished by an evident Romantic &
Classical feel to it throughout, yet wholly embraces
Nigel's vocal capability and sentiment as a performer,
with Orchestral performances by The Irish Session Orchestra
and the Mullingar Cathedral Choir. Epic in some proportions
- it will certainly ease you in by its lush string arrangements
and fine production. Each track has a different edge,
with preludes that introduce you to a world of music
that has no boundaries.
Nigel has just finished recording a new production for
American TV station PBS called IRISH the musical and
will air from August in stations throughout America.
Irish was written and produced by Kate Amesbury from
Irish tells the story of a famous four piece band leaving
Ireland to become stars in the USA in 1905.
Nigel plays the lead role of Michael O' Riordan.
The leader of the band and it's his vision to take the
band to the US.
Already it's been called The Commitments meets A Chorus
Nigel is also working on a new album and "Washed
in the River" is the first single to be released
This is a very powerful track written by Paul Ruske
from New Zealand.
Nigel performs this track with The Dublin Gospel Choir
& Margot Daly.
Click on video link below.
Nigel has started this year with a real bang and entered
The Voice of Ireland.
Nigel breezed through his Blind Auditions and also won
his Battle round.
Nigel also got through the Live Knockout shows
Nigel sailed through the Quarter Finals by public vote
& the Semi Final by public vote
Reaching the Final, Nigel finished third on the night
but this was no reflection on his performance and support
that he got.
Nigel states " I did what I set out to do. The
Voice opened doors that were closed to me for years
and now I will use this as my stepping stone to bust
Nigel releases his latest CD single Dreamer.
Written by well known singer songwriter John Farry &
John & Ralph carefully choose Nigel to sing this
song as they felt the song completely fits Nigel's life
story and with Nigel's vocal he captures every emotion
for anyone who dares to dream.