Kerry Fearon (Ireland)
2017 kicked off to a great start for the ‘pocket rocket’ Kerry Fearon as she was voted the Horizon Award winner for the Most Successful British and Irish Newcomer 2016 at the Hotdisc Awards on January 2nd. It was a great achievement to have all her hard work recognised. The petite and very energetic blonde (4ft 10”) has been only enjoying success since her introduction the country music scene just two years ago when she supported Dominic Kirwan and Mary Duff on their concert tour, including two nights at the Waterfront Hall Belfast. Kerry was very fortunate to have been selected as a contestant for the 2016 TG4 Glór Tíre series by John McNicholl. It was a tremendous experience for Kerry to reach the final and she still joins John on stage for various gigs around the country and she featured on John’s dancing weekend in November. The two dynamic entertainers have some recording and gigs planned for later this year. The fully qualified Business Studies teacher has already featured as a guest on the Susan McCann String of Diamonds Festival this year and as well as sharing the stage with Jake Carter, Jordan Mogey and Michael English to name a few, she regularly gets the opportunity to join the multi-award winning Tony Kerr and the Workin’ Men as well as being a regular performer on the monthly Hooley in the Old Coach Inn Castleblayney which always has a star studded line up! A huge highlight of 2016 for Kerry was opening up on stage for Marty Haggard (son of the late Merle). Kerry currently presents the ‘Homegrown Hour’ on Downtown Country Radio every night at 10pm and Ireland’s Hot 7 chart which goes out on both Downtown Country and Downtown Radio after Big T’s show on a Sunday night. Her very own TV show ‘Kerry’s Gold Country’ is coming very soon to the Keep It Country TV channel which broadcasts all over Europe. Kerry is looking forward to joining US singer Will Banister on his UK and Ireland tour in June 2017 along with Nicky James, Jordan Mogey and Jake Carter. She also has gigs lined up this year with Cash Returns and Joni Harms and she already has UK gigs in the pipeline for 2018; she is very excited to perform at Towerfest in Yorkshire and the famous Hooley in the Highlands in Scotland in 2018. Kerry has just released her brand new single ‘Red River Valley’ as a duet with her good friend Jordan Mogey. Their version of the traditional country song was produced by Clive Culbertson at No Sweat Studios in Coleraine. It is taken from Kerry’s forthcoming debut album which is due for release later this year. The first single of the album ‘Storms never last ‘ has proven to be a huge success for Kerry, having spent almost 2 weeks at number 2 on the UK radio airplay chart and it reached number 15 on the Hotdisc International Top 40 chart. A previous single ’Bing Bang Boom’ reached number 1 on the Hotdisc British and Irish chart. Kerry’s videos are getting great coverage on the Keep it country channel and she is enjoying lots of radio airplay in Ireland, the UK and beyond.